Manufacturing needs to be transformed to ensure its long-term viability. The Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre is creating new models of best practice to help businesses think small, smart and social. Read more Read less

We apply fundamental science and thought leadership on the technological, economic and social context to identify ways forward for commercial success and sustainability. Activities are tailored to our industry partner needs and include applied research, technology transfer, teaching, consultancy and short courses. There are three strategic focus areas for our work: manufacturing processes, systems, modelling and simulation.

The Centre is a partner to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, producing a new cadre of highly-trained research engineers; and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability, researching the potential for the ‘eco-factory’ based on the principle of the circular economy, using waste materials for manufacturing new products, and eco-efficiency in terms of reduced use of energy, water and materials

We are involved with mapping pathways for the sustainable ‘factory of the future’ working with Coca-Cola Enterprises, and re-looking at established manufacturing processes to find energy-saving opportunities for the sector.