Midlands ceramics gets £18.3m investment to create 4,200 Jobs

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The Midlands Consortium received 18.3 million pounds of government cash, which could create 4,200 jobs by 2030.

Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG), a consortium led by Lucideon, will develop simplified processes to bring new advanced ceramic technologies to market faster while reducing energy use and carbon emissions.

This will help to effectively troubleshoot and accelerate the time to market new products and improve the performance of next-generation products, including fuel cells and batteries, 5G communications, aircraft engine ceramic-based composite materials and medical equipment.

It will also improve the competitiveness of manufacturers in the region by developing a strong advanced ceramic supply chain that can be exported to one of the fastest-growing sub-sectors of the international industry.

Advanced ceramics are vital “enablers” for many manufacturing sectors, including energy, health, aerospace, automotive and defence.

However, the development of new technologies is currently based on various experimental methods, which result in a lot of rework and a high rejection rate, resulting in time-consuming and expensive work.

The consortium lead of the project is Stoke-based Lucideon Group, with partners from across the Midlands, including Rolls-Royce, Morgan Advanced Materials, Vesuvius (Foseco), Trelleborg Retford, McGeoch Technology (Precision Ceramics), CDS, PCL Ceramics, AEON Engineering, Mantec Technical Ceramics, Prince Minerals, JCB, WCM, University of Birmingham, University of Leicester and Loughborough University.

Since August 2020, the project has been developed using UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) corn seed funding. Thanks to the full-stage awards announced today, they can now reach their full potential, and the project will be delivered in the next few years.

UK Research and Innovation’s chief executive, Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, said: “UK Research and Innovation funding through the Strength in Places Fund brings researchers, industry and local leaders together in outstanding collaborative programmes that catalyse significant economic growth“.

Source: The Business Desk

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