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EPSRC Reference: GR/S75505/01
Title: The Cardiff Innovative Manufacturing Centre
Principal Investigator: Naim, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Pham, Professor D Rich, Dr N Dimov, Professor SS
Lalwani, Emeritus Professor C Hines, Professor P
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr S Elias Dr M Holweg
Project Partners:
Arvin Meritor Assa Abloy Ltd Caparo Tubes
Chatham House Cogent Power Ltd Construction Ind Training Board (CITB)
Construction Industry Training Board Crown Packaging Plc Denne Construction
Department for Transport East Midlands Regional Assembly eBECS
Engis (UK) Ltd Laing O'Rourke Ltd Materialise Ltd
Micro Systems (UK) Limited Multiserv Nestle
OpTek Systems Oxford Lasers Ltd Rainford Precision Machines
Rizla UK Ltd Road Tech Computer Systems Royal Mint (The)
SA Partners LLP Tata Steel Tecan Components Ltd
Tesco UKFirst Visteon UK Limited
Walki Ltd Welsh Development Agency Wiltan Limited
Department: Cardiff Business School
Organisation: Cardiff University
Scheme: IMRC (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 August 2004 Ends: 31 January 2010 Value (£): 3,408,855
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Manufact. Business Strategy Manufact. Enterprise Ops& Mgmt
Manufacturing Machine & Plant
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Transport Systems and Vehicles
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The aim of the Centre is to provide a focal point for UK manufacturing industry to understand why they must change their businesses along sustainable lines, what strategic directions they require, what this will mean to them operationally and how they should go about implementation. In order to do this the CSM needs to help these firms to learn of existing best practice employing incremental and radical change that may require contingent reinterpretation across industry sectors as well as researching the next generation of manufacturing technologies, tools and applications.This will be achieved through an integrated programme of research focused through four inter-related themes, namely Sustainable Change, Sustainable Solutions, Sustainable Technologies and Sustainable Logistics. This research will involve a combination of central Flagship Projects within each thematic area lasting between three and five years as well as shorter more tightly focuses research projects. The types of existing industrial & research gaps that will be addressed include: how to embed change in organisations in order to get long term change as well as quick wins , how to improve the sustainability & life cycle management of products and services supplied beyond the pure manufacturing phase and how existing lean and agile improvement methods can be further developed to address wider economic & societal issues such as the desirability of global sourcing, productrecycling and sustainable transport systems.
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