Following the recent announcements in the Budget and as part of the Government’s Growth Review, members will be aware of the creation of nine new EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council) Centres for Innovative Manufacturing. A five year investment worth up to £45m, the centres will feed new ideas and discoveries through to business to develop and expand new industries and markets for growth. The creation of the centres follows the launch of the High Value Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) which will link closely with the research developed by the centres and other sources from within the research base. A summary of the new centres is included below.


A speaker from the EPSRC is confirmed for Wed 18th May when Intellect will be hosting a UK electronics value-chain event. Please contact me if you have any queries.


EPSRC Centre for Ultra Precision – Professor Paul Shore, Cranfield University

Other university partners:            Cambridge

Industry partners:                           7, including SPI Lasers UK and the National Physical Laboratory

Research challenge:                        Crate ultra high precision digital manufacturing tools that can make products with nano-scale precision, essential for the next generation of high value products.


EPSRC Centre for Composites – Professor Andrew Long, University of Nottingham

Other university partners:            Bristol, Cranfield, Manchester

Industry partners:                           Eight, including Rolls-Royce, GKN and Airbus.

Research challenge:                        Develop next generation of composites manufacturing processes based on low cost, short cycle times, efficiency and sustainability.


EPSRC Centre for Intelligent Automation – Professor Mike Jackson, Loughborough University

Other university partners:            Cranfield

Industry partners:                           Five, including Ford and the Manufacturing Technology Centre

Research challenge:                        Understand and develop automated processes for high value, difficult to automate processes.


EPSRC Centre for Additive Manufacturing – Professor Richard Hague, Loughborough University

Industry partners:                           Sixteen, including multinationals and UK based high-tech SMEs

Research challenge:                        Additive Manufacturing (AM) allows manufacturers to ‘grow’ high value custom-designed parts layer by layer. This enables manufacturers to make complex shapes from a wide range of materials without the need for investing in new machines and complex tooling procedures. The new EPSRC centre aims to be the world centre of expertise for AM, thus keeping UK  research and industry at the forefront of this technology.


EPSRC Centre for Emergent Macromolecular Therapies – Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, University College London

Other university partners:            Imperial College, London

Industry partners:                           Twenty five, including GlaxoSmithKline plc, Merck and GE Healthcare

Research challenge:                        Developing a single new biopharmaceutical can cost £0.7bn and take 10 years – the EPSRC centre will work on research with the potential to reduce this time and cost of developing new products and treatments. These developments offer the potential for a step change in the competitiveness and performance of the UK-based pharmaceutical sector.


EPSRC Centre Continuous Manufacturing & Crystallisation – Professor Alastair Florence, University of Strathclyde

Other university partners:            Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Loughborough, Cambridge, Bath

Industry partners:                           Ten industry partners, including AstraZeneca, GSK & Fujifilm

Research challenge:                        Enable UK manufacturing to move form bath manufacturing to fully continuous manufacturing processes for high value chemical products – leading to higher levels of quality, lower cost and sustainable production.


EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability – Professor Stephen Evans, Cranfield University

Other university partners:            Cambridge, Imperial College London, Loughborough

Industry partners:                           Twelve industry partners including General Motors, Unilever, Marks & Spencer’s and IBM

Research challenge:                        Rapidly reducing the resource and energy-intensity of the production of existing goods, investigating options for a radical redesign of the industrial system.



EPSRC Centre for Advanced Metrology – Professor Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang, University of Huddersfield

Industry partners:                           Thirteen partners, including the Manufacturing Technologies Association, National Physical Laboratory and Renishaw.

Research challenge:                        Create and develop a ‘factory on the machine’, linking measurement and production in a unique way to minimise cost and allow ever increasing complexity and quality in manufacturing.


EPSRC Centre for Through-life  Engineering Services – Professor Rajkumar Roy, Cranfield University

Other university partners:            Durham

Industry partners:                           Eighteen partners including ARM and Rolls-Royce

Research challenge:                        Design high value systems such as aircraft engines, railway vehicles and wind turbines that require less engineering service and incur less whole life cost.



Kind regards,


Marco Pisano
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