Science Minister Lord Sainsbury today announced the creation of 12 ‘Innovative Manufacturing Research Centres’ based in academic institutions across the UK and backed by £60 million government cash.
The Centres will be located at Universities in Cambridge, Loughborough, Salford, Liverpool, Reading, Warwick, Nottingham, Bath, UCL and Cranfield. They will be led by a team of academics and research specialists and will support all aspects of manufacturing from aerospace to construction to bio-pharmaceutics.
Working in partnership with industry there will be a strong emphasis on business processes research.
Ideas already under development at the institutions where the centres are based include a company that is building customised houses in half the time taken using current housebuilding techniques and integration of technologies for better delivery of healthcare.
Other initiatives include lighter, more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly cars and faster introduction and cheaper production of new drugs.
The initiative is being co-ordinated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, with the aim of ensuring that future generations of high quality science and engineering graduates and postgraduates will develop relevant additional skills in business and commerce at the centres to ultimately use in the workplace.
The Centres will also deliver the fundamental knowledge necessary to introduce new products and processes into the UK manufacturing industry.