Advanced Manufacturing
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Research in Advanced Manufacturing is concerned with developing new technologies and systems for cost efficient, knowledge intensive, high value and environmentally friendly production. Advanced Manufacturing addresses the full product lifecycle from development through to manufacture, usage and disposal.

The aim of the Priority Group is to ensure that The University of Nottingham is in a strong position to effectively capitalise on the identified growth areas by drawing upon the expertise of established research groups and centres within the University.

 It will:

  • provide the University with a critical mass to effectively engage in forming and influencing EU, UK government and regional policies in industrial technologies
  • enhance our capabilities to grow as a leading international centre of excellence and preferred partner for UK and EU academia and industry

University expertise

The Advanced Manufacturing Priority Group draws upon the expertise of an international, multidisciplinary team of academics from established research groups and centres across the University, situated in the:

This will enable the University to:

  • Present and promote an integrated, holistic approach to manufacturing
  • Effectively engage in forming and influencing EU, UK government and regional policies
  • Enhance its capabilities to grow as a leading international centre of excellence and preferred partner for UK and EU academia and industry
  • Develop corporate partnerships

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

The Institute, opened by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, is driving development of cutting-edge technology with the aim of radically improving all aspects of Advanced Manufacturing.

The Institute encompasses an international, multidisciplinary team of established academics in their respective fields in the UK and at our campuses in Malaysia and China. Its research portfolio presents a unique integrated, holistic approach to manufacturing and focuses on fourteen main themes:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies 
  • Advanced Materials 
  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing 
  • Agents 
  • Bioengineering 
  • Composite Manufacturing 
  • Digital Manufacturing 
  • Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering 
  • Food 
  • Human Factors in Manufacturing 
  • Operations Management, Logistics and Life Cycle Management 
  • Precision Manufacturing 
  • Process and Environmental Technologies 
  • Regenerative Medicine and Bio-Manufacturing

The Institute has excellent links with industry and has partners in such diverse sectors as aerospace, automotive, medical, instrumentation, defence, power engineering, sustainable energy, textiles and clothing, recycling and consumer products. Major global stakeholders include Airbus, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems with strategic and operational links to the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry.

Our Advanced Manufacturing expertise focusses on next generation knowledge-driven manufacturing methods, technologies, systems and services, where we have supported over 200 regional companies across the supply chain.

Nottingham is one of the founding partners of the MTC and the High Value Manufacturing Technology Innovation Centre (HVM TIC). These centres provide new opportunities for manufacturing knowledge and technology transfer, allowing accelerated testing, demonstration and industrialisation of manufacturing concepts, technologies and processes developed at Nottingham.

Key academic leads

Administrative Contacts:

  • Emma Kelly, Programme Manager for the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Helena Arrand, Research Development Manager

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Case study

Research themes

Research is based around a number of key research themes, such as:

  • advanced manufacturing technologies
  • system integration and factory automation
  • processing and environmental technologies
  • high precision metrology
  • composite manufacturing
  • human factors in manufacturing
  • operations management, logistics and lifecycle management
  • digital manufacturing
  • regenerative medicine and bio manufacturing

IFAM poster book

Download the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing poster book

Strategic objectives

There are a number of strategic objectives for the Advanced Manufacturing Priority Group.


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