Manufacturing the future

September 14, 2004

An opportunity to meet those who are changing the face of British Manufacturing.

12 noon, Tuesday 14th September 2004, Old Trafford, Manchester.

The Government's recent Spending Review and the launch of the Science and Innovation Investment Framework both emphasise the importance of raising industrial investment and involvement in research. This event aims to highlight how the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is doing this through its Innovative Manufacturing Research Centres.

In 2001 the first series of Innovative Manufacturing Research Centres were established by EPSRC with the support of collaborating companies and other funding agencies.

Seventeen IMRCs are now in operation and are making advances in areas ranging from laser processing and digital tools for manufacturing to sports technology, healthcare, transport and e-manufacturing.

This event will highlight the achievements and future potential of this exciting work and provide an opportunity to speak to researchers from across the country, who are involved in the centres.

One of the key speakers at the event will be Lord Sainsbury, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Science and Innovation. Lord Sainsbury launched the first twelve IMRCs in November 2001.

Notes for Editors: (NB the event agenda is below)

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Venue information:

Directions to Old Trafford football ground in Manchester can be found at Address: Manchester United PLC, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA

Event Agenda:

14 September:15 SeptemberAs well as the keynote speakers, plus others to be confirmed, a number of brief presentations on IMRC projects will be included in the programme.

The 17 Innovative Manufacturing Research Centres (IMRCs): ( further information is available at )

Bath Management IMRC
Centre Director: Professor Andrew Graves

Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre - University of Bath
Centre Director: Professor Cliff Burrows

Built Environment Innovation Centre (BEIC) - Imperial College
Centre Director: Professor David Gann, Professor James Barlow

Cambridge Engineering Design Centre
Centre Director: Dr P John Clarkson

Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing
Centre Director: Professor Mike Gregory

Cardiff Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre
Centre Director: Professor Peter Hines

Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre
Centre Director: Professor P. J. Deasley

e-Business Research Centre - University of Liverpool
Centre Director: Professor Dennis Kehoe

Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre (Loughborough)
Centre Director: Professor Paul Conway

Loughborough Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre
Centre Director: Professor Phill Dickens

Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare (MATCH)
Centre Director: Professor Terry Young

Nottingham Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (NMRC)
Centre Director: Professor Nabil Gindy

Innovative Construction Research Centre - University of Reading
Centre Director: Dr Stuart Green

Salford Centre for Research and Innovation in the Built and Human Environment
Centre Director: Professor Ghassan Aouad

Scottish Manufacturing Institute - Heriot-Watt University
Centre Director: Professor John Simmons

University College London Bioprocessing Centre
Centre Director: Professor Mike Hoare

Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre
Centre Director: Professor Kumar Bhattacharyya
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. The EPSRC invests more than £500 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC also actively promotes public awareness of science and engineering. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK. Website address for more information on EPSRC:

For more information contact: Jane Reck, EPSRC Press Officer, tel: 01793 444312, e-mail:

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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