Steve Evans spent 12 years in industry, finally as Engineering Systems Manager at Martin-Baker Engineering, the world leading manufacturer of ejection seats. He was made Professor of Life Cycle Engineering at Cranfield University in 1998 and joined the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing in 2011. He is Director of the national EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability, with over 50 staff. His research seeks a deep understanding of how industry brings environmental and social sustainability concerns into its design and manufacturing practices, with a duel emphasis on urgent & practical change now and system level change that offers hope for a sustainable future. Steve works with organisations to develop solutions that move us towards a sustainable future. His work includes sustainable factories, food systems for people with reduced access to food, sustainable city re-generation design, and cars with water for exhaust that do 280mpg (equivalent). Steve has been Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords, and Lead Expert for the UK Government’s Future of Manufacturing Foresight exercise setting out a vision for UK manufacturing to 2050; he is a Partner in two cleantech start-ups.
Steve will reflect on the impossibility of predicting a single future and will expand on the possible implications for the bicycle industry of some of the biggest trends in manufacturing (such as the move to biology based materials, smaller factories, automation, sustainability, circular economy). Will your factory be as big as possible, or be in the store window? Will you even sell bicycles, or maybe sell health?