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EPSRC Reference: GR/T07459/01
Title: An Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre
Principal Investigator: Conway, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Bititci, Professor US Bailey, Professor C Newnes, Professor LB
Johnson, Professor CM Richardson, Professor A Harrison, Professor D
Walsh, Dr K
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Adcal Labels Arjo Wiggins Axess Group
BAE Systems Blue Ventures Camvac Limited
Ceimig Ltd Celestica Ltd Chestech Ltd
Circatex Ltd Conpart Conventor
Cressington Scientific Instruments Ltd Dalmatian Technology Ltd Davison Chemographics Ltd
Defence Agencies (Several Grouped) DEK Dupont Teijin Films (UK) Limited
Dynex Semiconductor (CRRC Times UK) Exitech Ltd Exxelis Limited
Flomerics Ltd GE Aviation General Vacuum Equipment Ltd
Goodrich Gwent Group Hallmark Cards
Henkel Loctite Industrial Adhesives Hydrogen Solar Ltd INTELLECT
Leonardo UK ltd memsstar Technology Micro Circuit Engineering
Microstencil Ltd Morgan Electro Ceramics Morgan Electroceramics
Moulded Circuits Ltd Nampak Healthcare Nanion SemiConductor Technologies
National Physical Laboratory NPL National Semiconductor NCR
NISP NMI (National Microelectronics Inst) Nokia
PERA Philips Planer Products Ltd
Poly-Flex Circuits Precisia LLC Procter & Gamble
Prosonix Ltd Pyreos QinetiQ
Raytheon Systems Ltd Renishaw Rohm and Haas
Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Rsoft Design Group Scott Bader Company Ltd
Semefab Scotland Ltd Semelab Plc Shipley Europe Ltd
Silvaco Sondex Ltd STMicroelectronics
Sun Chemical Surface Engineering Association Surface Technology International Ltd
Switched Reluctance Drives Ltd Technic UK Teer Coatings Ltd
Thales Ltd TRW TUV Product Service Ltd
UK Displays and Lighting KTN Ultimet Films Ltd Wolfson Microelectronics
Xaar Plc Xyratex
Department: Sch of Mechanical and Manufacturing Eng
Organisation: Loughborough University
Scheme: IMRC (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2004 Ends: 28 February 2010 Value (£): 5,698,993
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Electronic Devices & Subsys. Materials Processing
Power Electronics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Electronics
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Panel History:  
Summary on Grant Application Form
This is an invited proposal, arising out of a competitive Expressions of Interest process, to form an Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre serving the UK's electronics manufacturing sector.Following the boom-and-bust period of 1999-2001, electronics manufacturing within the UK has undergone a revolution in recent years. The industry is fragmented and subject to global competition. Large manufacturers, typically the multinational inward investments, have first consolidated and then moved activities out of the UK. The industry that remains has been through difficult times and is now characterised by large numbers of dynamic, smaller companies, either supplying a niche market, or utilising electronics to give their product a competitive edge, or, serving a diverse range of customers with production requirements for lower volume, higher variety and often higher value-added products. Larger companies in the sector are looking for inspiration to the smaller companies in order to mimic their agility and responsiveness.Within this community there has been a marked reduction in vertical integration over the past 5 years. This has created two effects: Vibrant companies with a sophisticated understanding of their market niche, but without the critical mass to individually sustain a corporate research activity; A disconnection in the community in the sharing of future technology and market visions.The proposed Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre provides a unique opportunity to integrate the community and address these two fundamental weaknesses. It will provide that critical mass of activity for companies to engage their own research activities, plus it can provide a framework for sharing of future visions through collaborative road-mapping and related research activity.
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