Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

Over 500 companies focusing on advanced manufacturing and high-tec manufacturing have made the city or the wider region their base. The excellent opportunities for networking and the wealth of skills and research institutions in the area have establised the region as an important contributor to the UK's advanced manufacturing and materials industry.

Research Institutions

The University of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing was established in 1998. The Institute combines research and education to develop solutions for real world applications. An integral part of the IfM is the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, its activities range from industrial photonics, through automation and production systems, to manufacturing strategy and economic policy.

In 2016, the Maxwell Centre opened its doors. Its mission is to encourage truly innovative and original research and it will soon be home to the Cambridge site for the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials Research.

The world renowned, Welding Institute is based just outside of the city centre; it is the leading professional engineering institution for welding and joining. Its headqurters embraces a professional institution, a certification body, a training organisation and a world renowned research and technology centre.

Developing New Technologies

Cambridge is home to the Cambridge Graphene Centre. The centre facilitates and effectively establishes joint industrial-academic activities to promote innovative and adventurous research with an emphasis on applications for graphene, carbon allotropes, layered crystals and hybrid nanomaterials.

The Inkjet Research Centre is also based at the University's IfM. The centre is supported by UK companies, working together to carry out research into the science which underlines this important technology.

Home to World-leading Organisations

Advanced manufacturing and materials organisations, based in Cambridge and the region, include amongst others Marshall AerospaceHexcelJohnson MattheyDomino Printing Services


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