At a glance
- DatesApril 2015 – April 2017
- SponsorEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- PartnersBrunel University, University of Manchester, University of Cambridge, Teeside University
The Network in Consumer Goods, Big Data and Re-Distributed Manufacturing (RECODE) has been created to develop an active and engaged community to identify, test and evaluate a multi-disciplinary vision and research agenda associated with the application of big data in the transition towards a re-distributed manufacturing model for consumer goods.
The consumer goods industry has remained largely unchanged and is characterised by mass manufacture through multi-national corporations and globally dispersed supply chains with 80% of materials ending up in landfill. The role of re-distributed manufacturing in this sector is often overlooked, yet there is great potential, when combined with timely advances in big data, to re-define the consumer goods industry by changing the economics and organisation of manufacturing, particularly with regard to location and scale.