What is the RECODE network?
The EPSRC-ESRC funded Network in Consumer Goods, Big Data and Re-Distributed Manufacturing (RECODE) has been created to develop an active and engaged community to identify, test and evaluate a multi-disciplinary vision and research agenda associated with the application of big data in the transition towards a re-distributed manufacturing model for consumer goods.
Why is this important?
The exponential growth of available and potentially valuable data, often referred to as big data, is already facilitating transformational change across sectors and holds enormous potential to address many of the key challenges being faced by the manufacturing industry including increased scarcity of resources, diverse global markets and a trend towards mass customisation. The consumer goods industry, one of the world's largest sectors worth approximately USD3.2 trillion, has remained largely unchanged and is characterised by mass manufacture through multi-national corporations and globally dispersed supply chains with 80% of materials ending up in landfill. The role of re-distributed manufacturing in this sector is often overlooked, yet there is great potential, when combined with timely advances in big data, to re-define the consumer goods industry by changing the economics and organisation of manufacturing, particularly with regard to location and scale.
What will we do?
RECODE will develop novel methods and hold innovative events to engage communities of academics, international experts, user groups, government and industrial organisations to define and scope the shared multi-national vision and research agenda:
We will fund up to six short-term studies to test and evaluate specific research challenges. Two of these have already begun and the others will be opened up to members of the wider network to apply for. A call for participation will be released later this year. Sign up to our newsletter!
A number of student projects are already underway in collaboration with a number of our industrial partners.
An innovative online engagement tool to identify challenges, opportunities and areas of existing activity around the UK
We have an active steering group of industrial professionals from across the core themes of the network to guide the research direction and network events.
Watch the Video below to find out how the manufacture and use of a toothbrush could change in a re-distributed future.