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5 Mar 2019

Placement Student Inspires New Industrial Design Department at Makino

Makino Milling Machine Co Ltd are an international machine tool manufacturer, with sites throughout the world and headquarters in Japan. The multinational company placed Industrial Design & Technology student Jeremy Cane, their first Loughborough Design School student, at their headquarters in Tokyo for his diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

The placement year is an opportunity for Design School students to work in industry for a year; utilising their skills and knowledge gained during their first two years of study and applying it to a real working environment. Jeremy’s role in the company enabled him to use his industrial design abilities, which have had such a positive impact on Makino, that they now plan to build an industrial design department around him and imbed industrial design into their business. Jeremy has also been offered a role with Makino after his graduation later this year, and he will be based in either Japan or Germany.

Jeremy commented on his exciting opportunity stating;

“My Makino placement was both challenging and incredibly rewarding.  I am delighted that the company have responded so positively to the industrial design approaches I introduced them to.”

Due to the success of this first placement from the school, Makino are looking to offer further placements at their business. Representatives from Makino visited the Design School recently to discuss further placement opportunities within the school and across other disciplines, as well as other research and enterprise possibilities.

Karl Hurn, placements co-ordinator for the Design School commented on the visit;

"It was wonderful to meet with representatives from Makino and welcome them to the Design School. It’s always great to hear how impressed companies are with our placement students and in Jeremy’s case, it’s fantastic to see how he has been so influential in the company’s interest in what industrial design can do for a major international player like Makino.

It was also great to be able to introduce colleagues from the Wolfsen School of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science to Makino to foster future partnerships between all the schools and Makino, not only for placing students, but also research and enterprise opportunities going forward."

For more information on Makino, visit the Makino website.

(Pictured Dr David Welling (Makino), Karl Hurn, Dr Rebecca Cain, Fumiyoshi Matsubara (Makino), Jeremy Cain, Prof Richard Bibb, Yoichiro Okamura (Makino))