22 episodes

Podcasts of interviews with the presenters of the 'Manufacturing Thursdays' seminar series. Manufacturing Thursdays is a programme of free evening presentations organised by the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). It is open to the local business community and all staff and students of the University of Cambridge. The presentations span all aspects of manufacturing processes, technology and management and provide networking opportunities over refreshments. The seminars take place on Thursdays during university term, between 5.30 and 6.30 pm (refreshments from 5.00) at the Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, the IfM's home on the university's West Cambridge Site. Website: www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/thursdays

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Podcasts of interviews with the presenters of the 'Manufacturing Thursdays' seminar series. Manufacturing Thursdays is a programme of free evening presentations organised by the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). It is open to the local business community and all staff and students of the University of Cambridge. The presentations span all aspects of manufacturing processes, technology and management and provide networking opportunities over refreshments. The seminars take place on Thursdays during university term, between 5.30 and 6.30 pm (refreshments from 5.00) at the Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, the IfM's home on the university's West Cambridge Site. Website: www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/thursdays

    A juicy manufacturing story – The Evolution of Innocent Drinks

    A juicy manufacturing story – The Evolution of Innocent Drinks

    Steve Spall describes the changes in the manufacturing & operations arrangements that allowed Innocent to grow from a tiny business in West London to Europe's No1 Smoothie company in just over 10 years.

    • 20 min
    Making a Management Buyout Work - Lessons from Coventry

    Making a Management Buyout Work - Lessons from Coventry

    Jonathan Duck, CEO of Coventry-based Amtico International, discusses management buy-outs, growing business in tough economic conditions and how manufacturing can compete with the Far East.

    • 13 min
    What does the future hold for Britain’s biggest manufacturing sector?

    What does the future hold for Britain’s biggest manufacturing sector?

    Julian Hunt of the Food and Drink Federation on the challenges facing the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector and how a unique collaborative project between IfM and the FDF has indentified some of the ways in which the industry needs to adapt in order to prosper in the future.

    • 15 min
    Collapse of the 'Funding Escalator' in the Greater Cambridge area

    Collapse of the 'Funding Escalator' in the Greater Cambridge area

    David Gill, MD of the St John's Innovation Centre, discusses issues surrounding the dearth of risk capital and venture funding required by the innovative, growth potential firms on which the Cambridge cluster has relied for 30-40 years.

    • 10 min
    What does 'open innovation' mean for the Cambridge high tech cluster?

    What does 'open innovation' mean for the Cambridge high tech cluster?

    The IfM's Dr Tim Minshall talks about the realtionship between open innovation and Cambridge, the nature of partnerships. In this interview he examines the nature of OI, the role of serendipity and the role OI plays in getting ideas out of the door

    • 10 min
    Emerging Clean Technology Industries in the United States

    Emerging Clean Technology Industries in the United States

    Clean technology industries are emerging and attracting significant attention from policy-makers, entrepreneurs and investors. Dr. Gregory Theyel discusses the location and firm strategy decisions of companies in the wind turbine, solar cell, and air and water purification industries.

    • 12 min

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