Strategic Aim: Developing new understanding of manufacturing technology, operations, strategy and policy, in close partnership with industry, in order to improve industrial performance.
Research within the Manufacturing and Management Division, also known as the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), addresses the most pressing issues facing manufacturing today. The Head of the IfM/Division is Professor Andy Neely and the Deputy Head of Division is Professor Ian Hutchings. The IfM’s research activities are carried out in partnership with industry across a wide variety of sectors both in the UK and around the world and lead to practical techniques that companies can apply to improve their strategy, operations and technology.
Research is clustered into a number of areas, including the integration of technology considerations into business decisions; international manufacturing and supply networks; strategy and performance; next-generation inkjet technologies; distributed information and automation systems; and industrial photonics. A number of interdisciplinary programmes have been established to address issues such as servitization, industrial sustainability and translating new science and engineering ideas into novel technologies and emerging industries.