High value manufacturing
Manufacturing has been an integral part of Loughborough University since it was founded in 1909 as a Technical Institute with an Instructional Factory. Today our focus on manufacturing has never been stronger.
We are applying fundamental science to create and develop cutting edge, next generation manufacturing processes and technologies. We are focused on creating enhanced capabilities, productivity and quality, whilst prioritising resilience and sustainability.
Loughborough is leading research into some of society’s biggest cross-sector and interdisciplinary challenges, including the future of Smart Manufacturing and the necessary shift towards a more Circular Economy. Our many strengths include collaborative robotics and intelligent autonomous systems, and sustainable manufacturing.
Research priority areas
UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy
As part of a recent £22.5m UKRI investment, we lead this £4.3m centre which brings together 7 universities and more than 20 industrial and international partners to reshape resource management in the UK’s £32bn chemical industry to build a greener, more sustainable economy.
Industrial Policy Research Centre
In collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) we bring together businesses, research organisations and government to co-create the ‘thought leadership’ to rebuild the Midlands’ national and international reputation for being at the leading edge of manufacturing innovation.