Institute for
Advanced Manufacturing
Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Professor Svetan Ratchev

About us 


The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IfAM) is driving development of technology with the aim of improving all aspects of advanced manufacturing.

The Institute pulls together internationally renowned academics in a diverse range of fields. Working collaboratively, the research team thrives in a stimulating culture of innovation and experimentation and is developing the technologies, processes and concepts that give manufacturers a competitive edge. 

Research Themes

IfAM’s research portfolio presents a unique integrated, holistic approach to manufacturing and focuses on a number of main themes:

  • Advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Process and environmental technologies
  • Composite manufacturing
  • Human factors in manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Digital manufacturing
  • Regenerative medicine and bio manufacturing
  • Food sciences
  • Operations management, logistics and life cycle management
  • Manufacturing Metrology
We are looking forward to working with our industrial partners to establish a real centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing here in Nottingham. The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing will drive the development of cutting-edge technologies in one of the University’s key research areas, with the aim of radically improving all aspects of advanced manufacturing.

Professor Svetan Ratchev
Director of the Institute

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Industry Links

IfAM has excellent links with industry and has partners in sectors such as:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • medical
  • instrumentation
  • defence
  • power engineering
  • sustainable energy
  • textiles and clothing
  • recycling
  • 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 focuses on next generation 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 Catapult. 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.

Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3830