A new centre aimed at boosting manufacturing in the Midlands has been launched at Loughborough University.

The Industrial Policy and Insight Centre will bring together academics, businesses and government to generate thought-leadership papers, insight and industrial policy positioning reports.

Run in collaboration with The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) – which aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry – the centre will tackle issues such as:

  • Barriers to rapid market pivots based on Covid-19 experience
  • Business model transformation
  • Cultural change within the manufacturing environment
  • Economic impact of manufacturing
  • Financing and funding model transformation
  • Market aggregation
  • Technology drivers
  • Supply chain development
  • Energy supply, including renewables

Loughborough’s vice-chancellor Professor Robert Allison said: “Today, I’m delighted to be launching the Industrial Policy and Insight Centre.

“I really look forward to what this centre is going to be contributing not just to the university, but also nationally.

“One of the things we have at the heart of what we do is working in partnership.

“An example of that is working with the Manufacturing Technology Centre, or other catapults around the country. I wish everybody every success for this venture in the future.”

Centre director Professor Chris White, of Loughborough’s School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, added: “The centre will focus on activities that will support the manufacturing sector in the Midlands.

“In addition, it also has a remit to review both the national and international landscapes to help ensure that the region is recognised nationally as being synonymous with world-class manufacturing.”

Two sponsors have already been secured – Lloyds Bank and Shakespeare Martineau – with funding from a variety of other streams also expected.