New EPSRC National Facility For Innovative Robotic Systems
The University of Leeds has been awarded government funding of £2.6 million to become the UK hub for research into small to medium scale advanced robotic systems. This facility, which has secured an additional £1.7 million backing from industry and the University, capitalises on the University’s expertise in mechanical, electronic and materials engineering as well as computer science and medicine.
5 Key on farm engineering challenge streams soon to be announced5 Key on farm engineering challenge streams soon to be announced
The Sector’s programme for Engineering and Global Food Security is gathering pace. Read more about the plan for 2014, likely focus areas for on farm technology and the intended value of the report for the membership and beyond.
£4.5m funding for future electronics manufacturing R&D of feasibility projects
The Technology Strategy Board have announced £4.5m of funding for electronics manufacturing via the competition “Manufacturing electronic systems of the future”. This competition opens on 17 February and closes on 2 April, and is intended for collaborative R & D or feasibility studies.
Chancellor announces £60 million to support UK’s world-leading aerospace technology
16 January 2014, Birmingham, England - The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne announced £60 million of new funding for the development of new high-tech aerospace technology at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry.
How Toyota drives non-labour resource efficiency
Steve Hope of Toyota Motor Europe explains how Toyota has dramatically improved its resource efficiency, reducing its energy, water and waste per vehicle by 70%, 75% and 60% respectively from 1993 to 2007.
Dr Greg Lavery presents the drivers and benefits of resource efficiency
At the recent Industrial Sustainability conference held at the University of Cambridge, the Next Manufacturing Revolution team joined a range of leading companies, including Marks & Spencer and Toyota, highlighting the benefits for to be gained from taking a proactive approach to sustainability. Dr Greg Lavery presented on the drivers and benefits of non-labour resource productivity.
Cross-party MPs call for 10 year pro-manufacturing fiscal framework
A new report 'Making Good: A Study of Culture and Competitiveness in UK Manufacturing" warns that UK manufacturing is being prevented from becoming ‘wholly competitive’ by a national industrial culture and calls on all political parties to establish and honour a ten-year fiscal framework regardless of the outcome of the next general election.
Do you or someone you know suffer from arthritis?
The Design & Production Sector and Arthritis Research UK are looking to form a consortium to develop engineering and design solutions for those affected by musculoskeletal conditions. Do you have time to complete the latest arthritis sufferer survey and help provide the data so vital for us to target the right challenges?
Government is making available nearly £49 million in funding for engineering skills
Following the major analysis of the talent pipeline in engineering by Professor John Perkins the Government has announced a series of investments targeting the skills shortage. The Perkins review recommendations offered “a clear way forward to close the engineering skills gap” according to IET Chief Executive Nigel Fine who welcomed the government’s proposals.
Manufacturing survey calls for better support scheme awareness - BIS to work with the IET
Supported by the IET, EEF and IMeche, Gambica recently undertook a survey to see whether manufacturers were aware of the various government schemes designed to provide them with funding, support and access to R & D. With the results highlighting poor visibility of government schemes, BIS has set up a Forum with those behind the report to look at how best to rectify the problem.
Industry Insight: Sustainable Manufacturing, Starting the Journey
Cranfield University’s Dr Peter Ball considers what truly sustainable manufacturing will look like in the future and how we can begin the journey towards that goal.
Industry Insight - 3D Printing: A Differentiation Engine
Martin Baumers and Christopher Tuck from the EPSRC centre for Additive Manufacturing at Nottingham University offer their perspective on the mechanisms that stand behind the current industry growth and the significant opportunities that lie ahead.
The Next Manufacturing Revolution
The Next Manufacturing Revolution (NMR) has launched its landmark report and programme to help UK manufacturers improve their non-labour resource productivity.
TAROS Industry Day
The IET partnered with the ESP KTN to organise the industry day which comprehensively introduced the robotics community to the extensive European and UK funding opportunities as well as introduce industry sector opportunities that delegates may not have previously considered.
The IET and Europe – Horizon 2020
A recent experience at a European conference highlights the opportunity and need for the IET and its members on the continent.
Engineering solutions to enhance agri-food production
The Technology Strategy Board, together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and Scottish Government, is offering up to £13m for businesses to develop engineering solutions across the agri-food supply chain.
The Great Recovery
The Great Recovery is a two year project run by the Action and Research Centre at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and supported by the Technology Strategy Board.
National Manufacturing Debate 2013: Does the UK need a manufacturing strategy?
This fourth national debate focussed on whether a national manufacturing strategy is needed and if it could achieve a 20% GDP by 2020.
UK Manufacturing Summit 2013
On 18 April 2013 the IET hosted this year’s UK Manufacturing Summit at Savoy Place London. With keynote speeches and a substantial Question Time panel session delegates took advantage of a real breadth of content as well as the time and opportunity to ask their questions and express their views.
Sustainable Manufacturing Symposium
View presentations from the Sustainable Manufacturing Symposium to increase your awareness and provide you with practical insights into the manufacturing community.
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