The Industrial Policy Research Centre (IPRC) brings together businesses, research organisations and government to create the thought leadership needed to accelerate growth in the manufacturing sector across the Midlands and the UK. Our aim is to support the sector in order for it to be recognised once again as a global leader in manufacturing excellence.
The IPRC generates papers, reports and industrial policy positioning documents that are intended to influence and align with national policy and to balance the region’s technology delivery activities with an understanding of the manufacturing landscape across the UK. The IPRC covers all aspects of industrial manufacturing strategy, identifying key opportunities in underdeveloped sectors, exploring skills development and employee wellbeing, whilst highlighting the Government’s role in industry. The IPRC’s reputation is built upon the quality of its reports, which represent its core product.
The IPRC Team is directed by Professor Chris White, Visiting Professor of Industrial Strategy at Loughborough University, with administrative and engineering support from the MTC, and innovation and partner engagement representation from Loughborough University. The IPRC Supervisory Board includes Dr Clive Hickman, CEO of the MTC, together with senior representatives from Birmingham, Loughborough and Nottingham universities.
Launched in October 2020 by former Loughborough Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison CBE, the IPRC is a collaborative venture between the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and Loughborough University.
The Midlands is famed for its manufacturing sector. Once dubbed ‘the workshop of the world’, manufacturing, innovation and creativity are part of the Midlands’ identity and heritage. The IPRC aims to rebuild the region’s national and international reputation for being at the leading edge of manufacturing innovation.
The IPRC focuses on activities which support manufacturing across the Midlands. However, its remit extends more broadly to investigate both national and international landscapes. This perspective helps to ensure that the Midlands is recognised as the destination for manufacturing within the UK and that the UK is recognised as a key manufacturing destination globally.
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