History & Formation

The Centre for SMART was established at Loughborough University in 2004 and pioneered a holistic approach to sustainability by being one of the first Centres established to consider the entire life cycle of not only products, but also production systems. Since then it has become globally recognised for its innovative research and its scope of activity has grown rapidly with the Centre currently involved in a number of national and international initiatives.

While the initial projects carried out at SMART identified areas for optimisation and improvement, future activities are focussing on enabling radical changes to our products, production methods, business models and consumption patterns which are needed to meet the pressing global challenges facing the manufacturing industry.

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