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3 EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing - Pathways to success
4-5 Movers and Makers - Dr Mark Claydon-Smith
6-7 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites
8-9 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability
10-11 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies
12-13 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices
14-15 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics
16-17 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics
18-19 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Liquid Metal Engineering
20-21 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation
22-23 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing
24-25 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology
26-27 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food
28-29 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation
30-31 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes
32-33 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine
34-35 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services
36-37 EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision
38-39 EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing - UK Map
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 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 Centres for Innovative Manufacturing - Pathways to success What should the UK make, and which technologies should it
master to be the best at manufacturing these products? EPSRC’s
Centres for Innovative Manufacturing, in collaboration with
industry, are helping chart the way forward. Their job – to enable
the commercial development of the key discoveries in university
manufacturing research.
focused on what it is good at. The
Engineering and Physical Sciences
unique role in turning concepts into
reality, nurturing the engineering
manufacturing industries driving
funding research in engineering
around £800 million a year in
university-based research and
nation handle the next generation of
technological change.
manufacturing research in the UK
– mainly through its Manufacturing
has a current portfolio of 230 projects
representing an investment of over
£350 million in cutting-edge work
at the UK’s leading universities,
and through collaboration with
In total, EPSRC and the academics
it supports have around 2,000 active
partnerships with business and other
research users.
on, how to plot the best course to
get there, and how to link together
the UK’s network of people and
manufacturing processes.
for Innovative Manufacturing (CIMs)
with enabling the commercial
university manufacturing research.
products such as composites,
especially important to the UK,
while others investigate production
and automation.
government’s Technology Strategy
Catapults – technology innovation
Catapults cover more than 20 core
fields of science, engineering and
business that cover the mega-
trends facing industry today: additive
manufacturing, automation, the
is committed to supporting 1,000
postgraduate manufacturing research
working on industry-related projects.
115 Centres for Doctoral Training
(CDTs), most of which involve
engineering or manufacturing. This
the brightest people the skills,
sometimes softer skills, that industry
really needs.
minds, cutting-edge facilities and
industry know-how is irresistible.
EPSRC Centres for Innovative
best out of all three.
This brochure shows the range
and breadth of the CIM portfolio,
and outlines each Centre’s
unique combination of facilities
and capabilities for successful
over 20 years is the view today that
manufacturing is essential to the UK.
For a while we toyed with the idea
of walking away from it or letting it
dissipate. There is a realisation now
that we cannot let that happen.
It’s all about globalisation. There
are certain products, technologies
reasonable chance of staying in the
game. In several areas we are
world class and ahead of the
game. What we’re actually
looking at is whole business
model change, where
manuservices and whole
there. Each centre has different and
complementary communities of
each community. Our role, essentially,
is to give the best people the best
environment and connect it up. We
are fortunate because, for some
centres, literally the best people in
that field in the world are running a
CIM in the UK.
Catapult centres complement each
problems of today, the Centres for
Innovative Manufacturing research
the solutions of the future.
A network of experts, a pipeline of training, and total collaboration
– EPSRC’s Head of Manufacturing, Dr Mark Claydon-Smith
(pictured), explains how EPSRC’s Centres for Innovative
Manufacturing and its research programmes are keeping the UK
among the front runners in global manufacturing.
CIMs work at an earlier Technology
Readiness Level (TRL), from 1 to 4,
while Catapults take that research
work, develop and commercialise it
through TRLs 4 to 6 and eventually,
with industry, to TRL 9. That means
proven product in the market.
Core research can take place
in the universities, but the
commercialisation and developmental
Catapult centres. Often the same
companies are involved in both, but
working at different scales.
through to commercialisation.
with a Catapult is the relationship
between EPSRC’s Centre for
Innovative Manufacturing in
Manufacturing Catapult. TRL
CIMs but in this area they do. The
CIM is able to support exploratory
work and looks at two main areas.
The first is the ICT interface and
developments in IT, and the second is
the human factor – bringing the right
people together in the Centre. Mike
was brought in as the academic lead
for the Manufacturing Technology
these synergies.
CIM in Composites, covering
Bristol, Cranfield, Nottingham and
Manchester universities, which is
managed alongside the National
Composites Centre (NCC), whose
chairs the CIM steering
group. This partnership suits
the aerospace and automotive
clearly the specific roles for
the NCC, such as production
scale-up, while benefitting
explore ideas in depth.
think about an academic career or
academics developing deeper links
training programmes come in, and
we now have a very satisfactory
suite of options. Many of the EPSRC
Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs),
for example, are collaborative with
industry. These centres, which involve
over 7,000 students, with 1,000
specifically engaged in manufacturing
often a field of engineering can be
Give the best people the best environment and connect it up
understanding, which holds back
manufacturing] to its potential.
also offers graduate students the
opportunity to study for
in industry. A four-year
working on a specific
Catapult environment.
EPSRC offers several other PhD-
level training routes. These include
Doctoral Training Partnerships,
universities to allocate rather than
issuing them direct to students;
and Industrial CASE awards, which
provide funding for PhD studentships
where businesses take the lead in
arranging projects with an academic
partner of their choice. So there
are lots of ways for industry to
get involved.
next level, our Manufacturing Industry
Fellowships were conceived precisely
want to become future academic
leaders. Ideally, the best people
should work in both academia and
industry over their careers.
academics we support have other
relationships with companies that
commercial work.
expected to disseminate their
all researchers working with
findings in academic journals,
review of most of our CIMs, and
we are comfortable that our
own portfolios are well
which areas to focus on, and how
best to maximise opportunities for UK
manufacturing. What is clear is that
manufacturing research needs to be
connected into the wider economy if
we really wish to create a new future
for UK manufacturing.
business grow, visit: www.epsrc.ac.uk.
EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training
Launched in 2002, EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) have evolved into a major initiative for
training the interdisciplinary researchers of tomorrow in strategically important areas. There are now
115 centres spanning EPSRC’s portfolio.
CDTs bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills,
knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues. They also create new working cultures,
build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry.
Combined governmental and partner funding for CDTs is now £962 million, including £31 million in
capital investment. It is the UK’s largest investment in postgraduate training, involving over 7,000
students in areas of key importance to the UK economy and society, representing perhaps the biggest
industry-educational trans-sector training investment in Europe.
EPSRC Manufacturing Fellowships
EPSRC’s relationship with Innovate UK’s Catapults has led to the EPSRC High Value Manufacturing
(HVM) Catapult Fellowships. Fellows will conduct research at one or more of the seven HVM Catapult
centres, to inject more top-end academic rigour into these centres.
In addition, EPSRC has introduced Manufacturing Industry Fellowships, devised to build academic
research groups grounded in real industry experience. They specifically help the ‘outstanding
individuals in industry’ who are moving into an academic career, in the expectation that their research
will have a transformative impact on industry, among other metrics.
Each Centre has different and complementary communities of
interest, and each helps to draw in the knowledge of the best people in
each community.
Advanced composite materials offer the most credible solutions to the problems of lightweighting (the introduction of lightweight materials) in transportation: from creating energy-efficient, crash- resistant cars to environmentally friendly, cost-driven aircraft. They are also the material of choice for renewable energy generation. To take these solutions forward, we need to develop and understand the manufacturing
Our aim
technologies which can reliably deliver the required production volumes and complexity of components. The £5.9 million EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp) brings together leading universities, companies and research centres to underpin the development of next-generation composite manufacturing processes, based on low cost, short cycle times,
efficiency and sustainability. In so doing our aim is to stimulate investment in the manufacture of high-value lightweight structures, bringing significant benefits to UK industry and society. We are based at the University of Nottingham, with the University of Bristol, Cranfield University and The University of Manchester as academic partners.
What we offer CIMComp offers the largest pool of resources
and equipment in composites manufacturing
research in the UK, including the only directed short
carbon fibre preformer in the country, and the only
quadaxial braider in the world.
We also offer the expertise of internationally-leading
researchers and academics.
There are many opportunities for businesses to get
involved in CIMComp, either directly in our research
or as part of our wider network. This includes as a
partner in our research projects, as an industrial
partner on a feasibility project, by hosting knowledge
transfer activities, by attending our dissemination
events and technology seminars, or as a partner on
projects that we coordinate.
Doctoral Training in Composites Manufacture.
We also have close links to the High Value
Manufacturing Catapult, the National Composites
Centre (NCC) and the Advanced Manufacturing
Research Centre (AMRC), as well as the Northern
Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering
Centre (NiACE).
£22 million, which includes 32 interrelated projects
and an Industrial Doctoral Centre.
We are currently training 45 EPSRC-supported
PhD/Engineering Doctorate (EngD) students and
29 postdoctoral researchers for the UK composites
manufacturing sector, with a further 62 EngD
students to be trained by 2022. We have leveraged
over £2.2 million in industrial support since 2012.
Universities involved: University of Nottingham, University of Bristol, Cranfield University, The University of Manchester.
Our partners: Airbus, Amber Composites, AMRC, BAE Systems, Bentley, Bombardier Shorts, Caparo, Cobham, Composites Integration, Composites Research Network, Cordenka, Coriolis Composites UK, DSTL, ESI, Festo, Formax, Formtech, GKN, Herzog, Hexcel, Ifremer, Lmat, Lotus, Luxfer, McLaren Automotive, McLaren Racing, Merl, Morgan Composites, MTC, M Wright & Sons, NCC, Rolls-Royce, Sigmatex, Technical Fibre Products, Trellebourg, Vestas.
Contact: Professor Andrew Long, EPSRC Centre Director Tel: +44 (0) 115 9513779 Email: [email protected] Web site: www.epsrc-cimc.ac.uk
CIMComp is an internationally-leading centre of excellence providing the foundations for a step change in the innovation of our supply chain.
Dr Tim Slack, Airbus
The UK is in the process of
building an internationally-
of industrial sustainability, and
economically, environmentally
and socially.
knowing how to manufacture
production, and even on-shoring
currently imported.
Cambridge, and in partnership
Innovative Manufacturing in
Industrial Sustainability supports
cross-industry learning, shared
UK, Europe and globally.
Our partners are typically
with a strong desire to work
together on shared problems
excellence in practice, research
industrial sustainability.
is the focus on manufacturing
processes and systems as well
as products.
Sir Richard Lapthorne, Chairman, Cable and Wireless, Chairman, Foresight Group
on UK Manufacturing
The work of the Centre offers hope for a positive industrial future that can be successful and sustainable over the long term. Future generations depend on this.
What we offer Making a difference in the real world is core to our
vision, which is why we offer membership to leading
manufacturing businesses of all sizes.
Our members work with us in several key ways:
Sharing experiences with academics and
other members
needs and emerging trends
and investments
Testing the outputs of other research projects
Implementing research findings to maximise
their impact on the UK economy
Providing feedback that can help shape future
government policy
For many of our founder members, a key factor in
joining is being able to share information about what
works and what does not, in confidence, with other
leading sustainable manufacturers. We help in this
process. Members have privileged access to some
of the early findings from research projects that they
are not participating in.
To ensure that our impact on industry is as effective
as possible we drive all research projects to produce
tools together with industry guides and case studies
so that the research can be understood and adopted
by businesses that were not part of the initial
research. Where possible we also convert the tools
into executive training and consultancy skills.
Our partners: Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Materials and Manufacturing at Exeter, Warwick and Cranfield, the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Food at Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham universities; the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership; the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
Industrial research partners: Adnams, ASICS, Carbon Trust, EEF, Extremis Ltd, The KTN Ltd, General Motors Company (GM) IEMA, Marks and Spencer, P&IB, RiverSimple, Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA, Trade Union Congress (TUC) Unilever Corporate Research, Vitsoe Ltd, WRAP, Xeros Ltd, P&IB, Vestas.
Contact: Professor Stephen Evans, EPSRC Centre Director, Tel: +44 (0) 1223 339815 Email: [email protected] Mr Ian Bamford, Commercial Director, Tel: +44 (0) 771 851 7946 Email: [email protected] Dr Dee Dee Frawley, National Outreach Manager, Tel: +44 (0) 1223 766141 Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected] Web site: www.industrialsustainability.org
join with us in developing the very broad area of
industrial sustainability.
and have working relationships with 20 leading
international universities and technical institutes so
that the UK remains aware of progress and is at the
heart of global trends.
manufacturing and design include: the University of
Surrey; the University of Liverpool; The University
of Manchester; London College of Fashion; Royal
College of Art; Brunel University; Cardiff University; the
University of Strathclyde; and De Montfort University.
95 collaboration partner organisations in industry
and academia
16 business guides written
chapters and reports
governments and the UN
30,000 people
Innovation links
Our impact
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies
The £5.9 million EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies, based at UCL (University College London) and in collaboration with Imperial College London, provides an international lead in improving the way in which new biomolecules and processes are developed for manufacture and delivery to the patient.
We act as the focus for a national and international network of leading users and academics in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, and provide strong support for UK industry. We aim to reduce greatly the time and costs of developing new treatments, and to improve access to protein drugs with advanced therapeutic properties. These developments offer the
potential for a step change in the competitiveness and performance of the UK-based biopharmaceutical sector. Our user group is made up of companies, sector groups and networking organisations and provides guidance on our research programme, the potential impact of our research, and the transfer of the technology we develop.
capability to address the process challenges in
biopharmaceuticals and synthetic biology. Our team
is highly multidisciplinary, to address the complexity
of research challenges. It links physical science and
biological disciplines with engineering and
social sciences.
Emergent Macromolecular Therapies – providing
biopharmaceutical industry.
on collaborative R&D projects, and we are keen to
partner with companies on new projects funded
by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy
Board), Horizon 2020 and other agencies.
Universities involved: University College London, Imperial College London.
Our partners: Our research programme is aligned closely to industrial needs, and our industrial collaborators include major multinational pharmaceutical companies, small biopharmaceutical companies and companies in the supply chain.
Contact: Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, EPSRC Centre Director, Tel: +44 (0) 207 679 3796 Email: [email protected] Web site: www.ucl.ac.uk/biochemeng/industry/epsrc
The review panel finds the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies to be a timely, highly innovative centre that is exploiting the UK’s top research and training talent in bio- macromolecular therapeutics manufacturing… It is making outstanding progress in delivering the fundamental science and technological advances needed to safely and economically manufacture a range of new product classes that are expected to dictate future growth of the biotechnology sector as it enters the age of personalised medicine. The Centre is responsive to and very well coordinated with industry.
International Review Panel
companies to apply the Centre research findings to
company challenges.
researcher secondments to industry to apply
research that we develop. Companies can also
apply research that we develop through Knowledge
Transfer Partnerships, funded by Innovate UK.
The Department of Biochemical Engineering at
University College London manages an Industrial
Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC) in Bioprocess
Engineering Leadership. The IDTC provides
opportunities for collaborative research with
companies via tailored one-to-one Engineering
Doctorate (EngD) programmes.
on technical and strategic issues related to its remit,
these are normally open to all the bioprocessing
Transfer Network Ltd, the BioIndustry Association,
and the High Value Manufacturing and Cell
Therapy Catapults.
Innovation links
The global medical device market is valued at over £200 billion a year. That market is seeing pressures for reducing cost, increasing levels of regulatory control, improving levels of safety and reliability, and more rapid innovation and product development. The £4.5 million EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices (MeDe Innovation) carries out research that addresses the whole manufacturing and product value chain in medical devices. This chain runs from product
Our aim
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices (MeDe Innovation)
concept through functional simulation and design, novel manufacturing processes and enhanced pre-clinical testing, to product delivery and enhanced patient benefits. The Centre is based at the University of Leeds, and is in collaboration with the universities of Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Bradford. The Centre addresses the strategic challenges of introducing stratification and personalisation in medical device technology, in particular developing Stratified Approaches
For Enhanced Reliability (SAFER) medical devices. These challenges include developing functionally stratified design and manufacture, and manufacturing at the point of need (near-patient manufacturing). We have established an industry network of 150 partners and a national clinical network. We are focusing initially on implantable devices and surgical delivery systems in musculoskeletal disease, which has a global market estimated at  £50 billion a year.
What we offer We have the largest pre-clinical joint replacement
simulator facility in the world, and can carry out
3D printing of scaffolds and cells for near-individual-
patient manufacture.
prediction of function and performance, to be used in
design analysis and stratification of implants
and populations.
textiles, and manufacturing processes for acellular
biological scaffolds. We also have 500m2 Class
Two clean rooms, and ISO-accredited research
any of our university partners in feasibility studies.
We also offer workshops on biological biomaterials