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Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge

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Institute for Manufacturing is part of the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge. The IfM integrates research and education with practical application in industry. It disseminates its research findings via a university-owned knowledge transfer company, IfM Engage.

The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) brings together expertise in management, technology and policy to address the full spectrum of issues which can help industry and governments create sustainable economic growth. Part of the University of Cambridge, It It provides a unique environment for the creation of new ideas and approaches to modern industrial practice.

All areas of the IfM work closely with industry. Research is undertaken in collaboration with companies, ensuring its relevance to industrial needs and the rapid dissemination of new ideas and approaches. The IfM’s education programmes combine a thorough grounding in management and manufacturing technology with the chance to put theory into practice via industry-based projects.

Its interests encompass a broad range of manufacturing activities, from understanding markets and technologies, through process and product design to production and supply chain operations and through-life services; all within an economics and policy context. As well, it has several groups working on technological aspects of manufacturing.

The IfM’s research is carried out within 15 main research programmes, each concentrating on a particular theme, and covering the full spectrum of technology, management and policy issues. Research is typically multi-disciplinary, and research projects frequently involve more than one centre. Typically co-ordinated in collaboration with industry, the research develops practical techniques for companies to improve their strategies, operations and technologies. the findings are disseminated through courses, conferences, workbooks and direct services to industry.

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