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EPSRC Reference: EP/E002323/1
Title: A Centre for Innovative Manufacturing and Construction
Principal Investigator: Dickens, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Acar, Professor B Carrillo, Professor P Case, Professor K
Williams, Professor D Young, Professor R Backhouse, Professor C
Parkin, Professor R Anumba, Professor CJ Siemieniuch, Professor C
Bouchlaghem, Professor D Harris, Professor RA Saker, Professor J
Richardson, Mr JH Walsh, Dr K Caine, Professor MP
Hague, Professor RJ Porter, Professor JM Harding, Professor JA
Hopkinson, Professor N Jackson, Professor M Burns, Professor N
Sinclair, Mr M Austin, Professor S Conway, Professor P
Chung, Professor PWH Pasquire, Professor CL Jones, Professor R
Gibb, Professor A Rothberg, Professor SJ West, Professor AA
Dainty, Professor ARJ Harland, Professor A Rahimifard, Professor S
Mitchell, Dr SR Soar, Dr RC Palmer, Mr P
Reed, Mr GM Story, Professor VM Hutt, Dr DA
Thorpe, Professor A Price, Professor A Harrison, Professor R
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
3D Systems Inc 3T Additive Manufacturing Ltd adidas Group (International)
AMEC AMTRI Arup Group Ltd
Arvin Meritor Autoliv Ltd BAE Systems
Bafbox Ltd Beta Technology Ltd Birmingham City Council
Boeing Bosch Rexroth Corporation BPB plc
BRE Group (Building Res Establishment) British Gypsum Ltd BT
Buildoffsite Buro Happold Capita
Charnwood Borough Council CIRIA Clamonta Ltd
Clarks Collins and Aikman Ltd Coventry University
Critical Pharmaceuticals Cross-Hueller Ltd CSC
CSW Group CWV Group Ltd Datalink Electronics
DEGW Delcam International plc Delphi Diesel Systems
Development Securities Plc DEWJOC Partnership Dunlop Slazenger
East Midlands Development Agency Ecole Centrale de Lille Econolyst Ltd
Edwards EMCBE and CE Emergent Systems
Engage GKN Environment Agency (Grouped) EOS GmbH - Electro Optical Systems
Exide Technologies Faber Maunsell Ltd Fergusons Irish Linen & Co.Ltd
Ford Motor Co Fraunhofer Institut (Multiple, Grouped) Fully Distributed Systems Ltd
Galorath Affiliates Ltd GE Aviation Georgia Institute of Technology
Giddings and Lewis INC GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) Goodrich
Hapold Consulting Ltd Head Sport AG Health and Safety Executive
Helm X Henkel Loctite Industrial Adhesives Highbury Ltd
Hopkinson Computing Ltd Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd Huntsman Advanced Materials UK Ltd
In2Connect Ltd InfoVision Systems Ltd. Interserve Project Services Ltd
Invotec Group LTD Jaguar Land Rover Limited Jaguar Land Rover Limited
JCB Research Ltd (to be replaced) John Laing Plc Knibb Gormezano & Partners
Krause Automation L S C Group Ltd Lamb Technicon UK
Laser Optical Engineering Ltd Lawrence M Barry & Co Leicester Glenfield Hospital
Leicestershire County Cricket Club Lend Lease Lenze UK Ltd.
Let's Face It London Borough of Camden Council Loughborough University
Mace Manchester City Football Club ManuBuild
Marylebone Cricket Club MCP Equipment ME Engineering Ltd
Mechan Ltd MG Rover Ltd MIRA (Motor Industry Research Assoc.)
Monterrey Institute of Technology Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre Mott Macdonald
Mouchel Parkman Mowlem Plc National Centre for Atmospheric Research
National Cricket Centre National Physical Laboratory New Balance Athletic Shoes
Next Plc Nike North West Aerospace Alliance
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust Novel Technical Solutions Olivetti I-Jet SpA
Ontology Works Inc Ordnance Survey Parker Hannifin Plc
Pennsylvania State University Pentland Group plc Prior 2 Lever
Putzmeister UK QinetiQ Real-Time Innovations
Regentec Limited Reid Architecture Renishaw
Rexroth Bosch Group RFE International Ltd Ricardo Group
Rim-Cast Rohm and Haas Rojac Patterns Ltd
Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Rover Ltd Rozone Limited
S M M T Saint-Gobain Schneider Electric Group
Scott Wilson Shepherd Construction Ltd Shotcrete
Siemens Simons Design Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Tec
Smithers Pira Smmt Industry Forum SODA Project
Soletec Ltd Solidica Corp Steel Construction Institute
StubbsRich Ltd Sulzer Surface Technology International Ltd
TAP Biosystems Terrapin Ltd Terraplana
Tesco Textile Recycling Association The European Recycling Company
ThyssenKrupp Krause GmbH TLON GmbH - The Infranet Company TNO Industrial Technology
Toyota TRW UK Sport
University of Nottingham University of Southern California VTT
Webster Components Ltd World Taekwondo Federation Xaar Americas Inc
Z Corporation Zytek Group Ltd
Department: Sch of Mechanical and Manufacturing Eng
Organisation: Loughborough University
Scheme: IMRC
Starts: 01 October 2006 Ends: 30 September 2011 Value (£): 17,848,836
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Construction Ops & Management Manufact. Business Strategy
Manufacturing Machine & Plant
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Construction
Healthcare Retail
Transport Systems and Vehicles Sports and Recreation
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Summary on Grant Application Form
The Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC) will undertake a wide variety of work in the Manufacturing, Construction and product design areas. The work will be contained within 5 programmes:1. Transforming Organisations / Providing individuals, organisations, sectors and regions with the dynamic and innovative capability to thrive in a complex and uncertain future2. High Value Assets / Delivering tools, techniques and designs to maximise the through-life value of high capital cost, long life physical assets3. Healthy & Secure Future / Meeting the growing need for products & environments that promote health, safety and security4. Next Generation Technologies / The future materials, processes, production and information systems to deliver products to the customer5. Customised Products / The design and optimisation techniques to deliver customer specific products.Academics within the Loughborough IMCRC have an internationally leading track record in these areas and a history of strong collaborations to gear IMCRC capabilities with the complementary strengths of external groups.Innovative activities are increasingly distributed across the value chain. The impressive scope of the IMCRC helps us mirror this industrial reality, and enhances knowledge transfer. This advantage of the size and diversity of activities within the IMCRC compared with other smaller UK centres gives the Loughborough IMCRC a leading role in this technology and value chain integration area. Loughborough IMCRC as by far the biggest IMRC (in terms of number of academics, researchers and in funding) can take a more holistic approach and has the skills to generate, identify and integrate expertise from elsewhere as required. Therefore, a large proportion of the Centre funding (approximately 50%) will be allocated to Integration projects or Grand Challenges that cover a spectrum of expertise.The Centre covers a wide range of activities from Concept to Creation.The activities of the Centre will take place in collaboration with the world's best researchers in the UK and abroad. The academics within the Centre will be organised into 3 Research Units so that they can be co-ordinated effectively and can cooperate on Programmes.
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