The INMAN project is an INTPART/NFR - coordination project to enhance Intelligent Circular Manufacturing in research and educational collaboration with Japan and India.

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Main objective

  • World-class research and education on Circular Manufacturing

Long-term international partnerships between

  • NTNU + SFI Manufacturing
  • Waseda University and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) (Japan)
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Hyderabad)

INMAN events / resources for SFI Manufacturing partners

Summer school at NTNU in Gjøvik, Sept. 8th–13th 2019
Student exchange, joint supervision for writing thesis at IIT Hyderabad, India or Waseda University, Tokyo Japan, Spring 2020
An online course (M)OOC on Circular Manufacturing available from 2020

The INMAN project

The INMAN project

Project period: 2017 - 2020

Funding received from: INTPART — International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Organisation: NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of engineering, Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Location: Gjøvik, Norway


The INMAN-project originates from the Centre for Research-based Innovation SFI Manufacturing. SFI Manufacturing is focusing on Sustainable Innovations an Automated Manufacturing of Multi-Material Products, and Circular Manufacturing is an important goal. The host organisation of the INMAN-project will be NTNU, which is a partner in both the NCE Raufoss and the SFI Manufacturing. The international partners are: National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science And Technology (AIST) and Waseda University, Japan, and Institute of Technology in Hyderabad, India. Our Japanese partners are global leaders in the field of advanced manufacturing. Our Indian partner is rapidly expanding its research and educational activities within the area of automotive technologies. Circular Manufacturing is of strategic importance for all partners - both research and education.

Our main motivation for applying for this project is to strengthen the quality of our research and education by creating long-lasting international links with key research institutions in Japan and in India. The INMAN-project will enable us to broaden and deepen these strategic collaboration links and help us to develop relevant and world-class research and education in Norway with international validation within the area of Sustainable manufacturing and the role of Manufacturing in Circular Economy. Expected outcome will be: (i) Joint research projects with external funding from EU and other sources, (ii) Joint PhD supervision and a PhD School, (iii) a framework for a joint master degree program and joint PhD school, (iv) seamless multi-campus with shared teaching materials, (v) mobility of students, teachers and researchers and industry personnel, (vi) MOOC and joint papers, (vii) Cooperation with the industry and innovations on Circular Manufacturing in industry (viii) added value for industry partners through extended network, (ix) Strong links between research and education on Circular Manufacturing



Kristian Martinsen