Cranfield University has been awarded £468,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to build a Redistributed Manufacturing Network. This work will be led by Dr Fiona Charnley, Centre for Competition Creative Design along with Professor Ashutosh Tiwari, Head of the Manufacturing Informatics Centre.

It will enable Cranfield to bring together disciplines in manufacturing, design and environment to develop research for a redistributed and digitally connected model for consumer goods production.

Cranfield is part of a bigger partnership network which is known as RECODE - The Big Data, Consumer Goods and Redistributed Manufacturing Network. The partners include the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Brunel University and the University of Manchester Business School. The network aims to develop a multi-disciplinary vision and research agenda associated with the application of big data in the transition towards a redistributed manufacturing model for consumer goods.

A number of researchers from across the partnership network will work with key industrial partners including Cisco, Unilever, and IBM to close the gap between manufacturers, suppliers and consumers. This will provide opportunities for personalisation of products and services, upscaling of local enterprise and the development of user-driven products to local markets which, in turn, will provide economic competitiveness to the UK.

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Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Manufacturing Doctoral Training Centre

This higher research degree is associated with our Manufacturing Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). The Manufacturing DTC encompasses ten major research themes that benefit from the clear synergy between engineering materials, manufacturing technology and manufacturing management, supported by a strong and fundamental engineering and science base. This provides a powerful combination of multidisciplinary skills that ensures both industrial relevance and academic rigor that builds on state-of-the-art industrial scale research and development facilities that differentiate the Cranfield activity from other universities.

A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside the generic core skills training programme, provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities with Cranfield’s wider research community.