Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme


Our programme

The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme is an interdisciplinary and industry-facing research programme drawing on specialist expertise in manufacturing, materials, product and process development, business and commercialisation from across the University of Auckland.

The New Zealand Manufacturing and Design (MaD) Network

The MaD Network is a newly formed community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing and design, working in close collaboration with industry. This cross-disciplinary researcher network is focused on New Zealand’s manufacturing economy of the future. 

Development of the MaD Network is currently led by the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme. Funding for this initiative is provided by a University of Auckland Strategic Initiative Research Fund. 

Our MISSION is….

To develop expertise and capability in translational research, to grow New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing economy

Our VISION is…

For New Zealand to be recognised as a leading, technology empowered economy driven by innovative, high-value, niche manufacturing and design

Initiated in 2016, the scope and membership of the MaD Network is quickly being established. MaD for the Future 2017 will be the network’s inaugural national conference, at which we will continue to refine who we are and what we do…

Who we are:

  • Researchers from New Zealand tertiary institutes, crown research institutes and companies who are willing and able to fulfil the MaD Network Mission
  • Those educating and those being educated for, or those participating in, New Zealand’s high-value manufacturing economy

What we do:

  • Focus on identifying and developing products and manufacturing sectors in which New Zealand can compete globally
  • Carry out active, collaborative research in disciplines of manufacturing and design that contribute to the MaD Network Mission
  • Conduct multi-disciplinary research, in the areas of Human Centred Design, Engineering Design, Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Systems and Innovation

IMM Programme Vision

The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme at the University of Auckland will provide research and development support across the manufacturing industry in New Zealand, to build strength and competitiveness, and support the viability of New Zealand industry/exporters.


IMM Programme Structure

The programme is directed by its academic leader, Professor Simon Bickerton, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and advised by its Steering Committee.

The programme draws on the expertise of over 100 leading researchers from across the University, but principally from the faculties of Engineering, Science, and the Business School, with commercialisation support from Auckland UniServices.


Visit the Faculty of Engineering

Visit the Faculty of Science

Visit the Business School

Visit Auckland Uniservices



Message from the IMM Programme Chair

c-prof-nic-smith-dean-engineering Professor Nic Smith

The holistic nature in which businesses operate means that multi-disciplinary teams are necessary for undertaking basic research as well as end product commercialisation. The Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme brings together researchers from across the University into a single programme to provide a single point of contact for our high-tech manufacturing sector.

We support the manufacturing industry to solve applied problems as well as carry out industry-directed fundamental research that drives innovation.

We welcome the opportunity to assist your company with its challenges.

Professor Nic Smith
Dean of Engineering



IMM Programme brochure
(1.5 MB, PDF)