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.
- 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
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
- Composite Manufacturing
- Digital Manufacturing
- Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering
- 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
- Emma Kelly, Programme Manager for the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing
- Helena Arrand, Research Development Manager
- The consortium is the first of its kind to partner leading UK universities with the top nine engineering research institutions in China.
- Professor Nigel Minton says there is significant potential for the industrial scaling up of a new process which uses 'gas-eating' bacteria to ferment polluting greenhouse gases from landfill and industry into useful products like biofuels and plastics.
- Engineers at The University of Nottingham are developing lightweight automotive components using new additive manufacturing processes to boost vehicle fuel efficiency, while cutting noise and CO2 emissions
Manufacturing: Technologies for Future Smart Factories
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
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There are a number of strategic objectives for the Advanced Manufacturing Priority Group.