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EPSRC Reference: EP/E002323/1
Title: A Centre for Innovative Manufacturing and Construction
Principal Investigator: Dickens, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Thorpe, Professor A Sinclair, Mr M Porter, Professor JM
Burns, Professor N Carrillo, Professor P Conway, Professor P
Acar, Professor B Pasquire, Professor CL Young, Professor R
Williams, Professor D Rothberg, Professor SJ Anumba, Professor CJ
West, Professor AA Dainty, Professor ARJ Rahimifard, Professor S
Caine, Professor MP Richardson, Mr JH Palmer, Mr P
Harding, Professor JA Hopkinson, Professor N Harris, Professor RA
Reed, Mr GM Price, Professor A Jackson, Professor M
Harrison, Professor R Case, Professor K Chung, Professor PWH
Austin, Professor S Backhouse, Professor C Parkin, Professor R
Gibb, Professor A Siemieniuch, Professor C Jones, Professor R
Bouchlaghem, Professor D Saker, Professor J Mitchell, Dr SR
Soar, Dr RC Walsh, Dr K Hague, Professor RJ
Hutt, Dr DA Story, Professor VM Harland, Professor A
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 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 NPL 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 RFE International Ltd
Ricardo Group Rim-Cast Robert Bosch GmbH
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
Related Grants:
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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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