MTC Joins University of Birmingham in New Research Partnership
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The Manufacturing Technology Centre and the University of Birmingham have joined forces to launch a new research group aimed at leading a sustainable manufacturing revolution.

Following the landmark National Manufacturing Summit at the MTC which looked at the implications of a net zero future, the group will bring together the expertise of each institution across the research and development and product development lifecycle, and working with a range of industrial partners will establish a world-leading research group focused on the de-carbonisation of the manufacturing sector.

The group will see researchers working across the MTC and the University of Birmingham, as well as with industrial partners to apply fundamental science, engineering and thought leadership to transform the sector through sustainable future growth.

The group will include a new Chair in Sustainable Manufacturing and five research fellows. It will lead research in the field of manufacturing engineering with a focus on sustainable and de-carbonising processes including:

  • Intelligent manufacturing
  • Lifecycle analysis
  • Data-driven predictive manufacturing
  • Manufacturing digital twins
  • Product control and management
  • Cyber-physical embedded systems and industrial internet of things
  • Industrial photonics
As an organisation, the MTC is prioritising support for sustainable manufacturing as a key factor in the delivery of net zero. We believe that the sector should have the benefit of a specific funding pot for net zero manufacturing as part of a Government Manufacturing Strategy. This would align the Government's net zero priority with the manufacturing sector and ensure UK manufacturing is capable of realising the innovation and other economic opportunities it brings.
Dr Clive Hickman - Chief Executive, MTC

He added:

The new joint research group will help the development of the next generation of green manufacturing to deliver clean growth. The overall impact on society of a green manufacturing sector is considerable.
The de-carbonisation of manufacturing is a significant global energy challenge and one which we will need to address is we are to meet our 2050 net-zero goals. The opportunities and potential impact of this partnership are immense and it is fitting that this initiative launches in the Midlands, a region recognised worldwide for its industrial heritage.
Professor Stephen Jarvis, Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham

The group will split its time between the two institutions, ensuring fundamental research is translated into applied innovation, using both the MTC’s and the University’s world-class facilities, expertise and contacts. The research group further demonstrates the investment in engineering at the University of Birmingham, and will be based at the University’s state-of-the-art £85m engineering complex, which includes the new School of Engineering, the world-class centre for rail research and education (UKRRIN), and the National Buried Infrastructure Facility.

The new collaboration builds on the University’s well-established partnership with the MTC in manufacturing technology and materials, and signals the intent of both institutions to collaborate on a number of world-leading manufacturing initiatives.


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