UKINNOVATION UK99 " At the heart of Britain's knowledge economy is our manufacturing base. High- value, highly- skilled and internationally- successful businesses that have worked hard to secure a lead in hi- tech global supply chains. " This practical package of measures will help equip British manufacturers, of all sizes and sectors, to take advantage of the advanced technologies and new market opportunities now shaping our low- carbon industrial future. " It's about giving them the support they need to cre-ate jobs in Britain and export the best of British man-ufacturing design, technology, skills and innovation around the world." Peter Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing Despite the recent slowdown in global growth and world trade, many still expect the world economy to double in size over the next decade - driven by the growth in prosperity of emerging markets like China and India. The market for high- value goods and services associated with Advanced Manufacturing, especially those produced to high environmental standards, is likely to increase sig-nificantly. New and improved technologies will continue to reshape manufacturing by creating the capability to adopt more efficient processes and develop new and better products to cater for new and changing market demands, such as low carbon. The UK is well placed to take advantage of this growing market. It is the world's sixth- largest manufacturer meas-ured by output, and has a well- developed infrastructure of manufacturing companies and supply chains. The UK is a leading exporter of high- tech goods, with 25% of UK goods exports defined as high- tech, compared to 22% in the US, 15% in France, and 11% in Germany. Much of the UK's manufacturing is focused on special-ised and diverse activities, particularly in high- technol-ogy areas. Many UK- based firms have used information and communications technology, new materials such as advanced composites, and process revolutions such as nanotechnology and biotechnology, to transform the way they work. These innovations have driven growth in Advanced Manufacturing sectors far faster than in other manufacturing The manufacturing sector is a major investor in innova-tion and productivity and contributes 75% of all UK busi-ness expenditure on R& D in the British economy. The UK outperforms every other country in Europe in attracting manufacturing foreign direct investment, and is second overall only to the US globally. For this reason, the jobs created in Advanced Manufac-turing activities are in highly- skilled areas, such as spe-cialist production techniques, R& D, product design, and professional support services. For example, the recent announcement by Nissan to invest more than £ 200m over the next five years in a new rechargeable lithium- ion battery plant in Sunderland - Nissan's European Centre for Excellence for Battery Manufacturing - creates up to 350 direct jobs and creates and safeguards hundreds more in the associated supply chain. For more information, visit: Website: www. bis. gov. uk 1. Access to information and investment » Expansion of Manufacturing Advisory Service » Development of the Network of Manufacturing Technology Centres » Low Carbon Industrial Strategy » Innovation Fund. 2. Skils » Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design » Extra 10,000 places for students undertaking higher- education degrees in STEM subjects in autumn 2009 » Higher Education Framework setting out how education will support business ( autumn) » Talentmap - web- based skills information for business. 3. Take up of new technologies 4. Specific sectoral challenges » Expansion of Printable Electronics Centre » Additional £ 5m for Technology Strategy Board's £ 24m High Value Manufacturing Competition » Development of Silicon Design Innovation Network » R& D programme for low- carbon engines » Support for SAMULET aerospace manufacturing programme » Industrial biotechnology demonstrator and SME fund » New composites strategy autumn). » Enhancing UK's Advanced Manufacturing capability in aerospace and civil nuclear through business grant to Rolls- Royce, which will help deliver four new facilities ( three aerospace, and one civil nuclear) » Increasing design and development capability on advanced composite aircraft wings eg through Repayable Launch Investment for new programmes - Bombardier Aerospace ( Shorts) on CSeries aircraft; GKN, and Airbus on the A350XWB » Launch of Space IGT report. ABOVE: A Package of Support Advanced Manufacturing advanced manufacturing
100INNOVATION UKINNOVATION Advanced Manufacturing LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION RESEARCH CENTRE ( IMCRC) Innovation through integration The Loughborough IMCRC was established in 2001 with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ( EPSRC). The funding has provided researchers with the ability to embrace multi-disciplinary, innovative projects. The Centre has developed and embraced new technologies and new processes, with the outcomes of the research impacting both industry thinking and industry practice In 2006 the Centre was awarded a further five years of funding and research commenced on five major innovative projects, that fully integrate the range of knowledge and skills of the Centre's researchers and their industry partners. The aim was to ensure inter-disciplinary skills developed novel solutions to industry problems: improving current production processes; incorporating flexibility in product design; initiating step changes in technology; and staying ahead of competitors by bringing innovative customised products to the marketplace. The Business Driven Automation project aims to transform existing industrial procedures. Current production- line systems are typically difficult and complex to service, reconfigure and optimise in order to rapidly accommodate changing, and often unforeseen, business needs. This project is establishing a new, end-user business- driven approach to automation systems development and support. The approach is highly generic and applicable to virtually all automation sectors, from car manufacturing to electronic goods assembly, to the food and packaging industries. The project primarily targets the automotive engine assembly supply chain, one of the UK's major areas of manufacturing expertise, in order to enhance its global competitiveness. Buildings must provide environmentally friendly, sustainable places to live and work if they are to maximise their value. Extending a building's usable life addresses both a business and a sustainability agenda and means an unprecedented change for construction. The Adaptable Futures project is looking at adaptability in initial design choices ( pre- configuration of the building) and subsequent changes in use ( re- configuration) of complex non- domestic buildings, i. e. manufacturing and research facilities. By constructing buildings from a range of components it should be possible to adapt to the evolving needs of both building owners and the users of buildings. This demands radical innovation, new design and production processes, and new supply chains that will change traditional life- cycle thinking.