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Saturday 13 September 2014

A look at the 12th International Conference on Manufacturing Research

Southampton Solent University recently hosted some of the world’s leading manufacturing researchers for the 12th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2014).

This annual event gives global academics and industry researchers the chance to debate various advanced manufacturing techniques including laser processing, robotics, automation, manufacturing management and product development.

Manufacturing contributes £6.7tr to the global economy and UK manufacturing is strong; the UK is currently the 11th largest manufacturing nation in the world. Manufacturing makes up 11% of UK GVA, 54% of UK exports and directly employs over 2.6 million people.

Conference delegates had the opportunity to hear keynote presentations by internationally renowned researchers and industry thought leaders including: Prof Sir David N Payne, Professor of Optoelectronics at University of Southampton; Gordon Wakeford, Managing Director at Siemens Infrastructure and Cities; Mike Wilson, Chairman  at the British Automation and Robotics Association; and Graham Lodge, Director of Boat Development at Sunseeker International Ltd.

In addition, 44 technical papers were presented by researchers from across the world on various topics of manufacturing engineering, product development and product and service engineering.

Speaking before the event, Dr Fayyaz Rehman, Associate Professor in Southampton Solent University’s Maritime and Technology Faculty, said, “It’s a great honour for the University to host this year’s prestigious annual International Conference on Manufacturing Research. With the accelerating globalisation of manufacturing in the 21st century, the urgent need to keep pace has produced rapid advancements in manufacturing technologies, research and expertise in manufacturing engineering.

Dr Rehman continues, “ICMR 2014 will bring together practical and theoretical knowledge from academia and industry across the world. We’re really excited to play an active role in this global knowledge exchange and discussion on emerging trends and new challenges in all aspects of product development, manufacturing, product and service engineering.”

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