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Our History

WMG was founded by Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya in 1980 to help reinvigorate UK manufacturing. From its inception WMG’s mission has been to improve the competitiveness of organisations through the application of value adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice. Today, the Group has grown into an international role model for how universities and business can successfully work together.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, KT, CBE, FREng, FRS, Regius Professor of Manufacturing, Chairman and Founder of WMG, was Britain's first ever Professor of Manufacturing. He is a passionate industrialist and educator, whose involvement with manufacturing spans four decades.

We've built a solid reputation for delivering multi-partner projects and world class education programmes, which have has an impact on growth, the economy, society and environment.

Our approach to collaborating with industry, business and organisations has resulted in recognition from around the globe, and we are reguarly visited by others who are keen to see how we work.

international visit to WMG from Ambassador Liu Xiaoming


Wed 1st Jan 1986 Chairman and CE of Austin Rover Harold Musgrove and Prof Bhattacharyya dig turf £5 million Advanced Technology Centre_800