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R&D Management Conference: 3 - 6 July 2016

From Science to Society: Innovation and Value Creation

Studying at Cambridge

Opportunities and challenges for re-distributed manufacturing


Fiona Charnley

Dr Fiona Charnley 

Cranfield University

Phil Shapira 

University of Manchester


Offshoring and centralisation of manufacturing operations has significantly decreased the manufacturing capacity of western countries. Increased transportation costs, resource scarcity, regulatory requirements and globally dispersed supply chains make current production volatile and at risk. Advancements in technology such as 3D printing and digital intelligence enabled by the Internet of Things and Big Data can facilitate new domestic and localised production practices and open up significant opportunities for the development of de-centralised, resilient, sustainable and more personal manufacturing systems.  This session will explore the opportunities presented by Re-Distributed Manufacturing and investigate the complex challenges for practitioners and academics associated with alternative models of production and consumption.