The deadline is looming for Midlands businesses to take part in a research project which will help position the region on the global stage in the field of advanced ceramics.
A survey from the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group has been launched to help gather information from business which will shape plans for the future.
The survey will assess the business development, innovation and product commercialisation needs of organisations of all sizes in the region.
According to the MICG, placing the region at the heart of the international advanced ceramics sector will ultimately contribute towards growth of 4,200 jobs in the region by 2030.
Membership of the MICG is made up of blue-chip companies and SMEs including Rolls-Royce, JCB, Morgan Advanced Materials and Lucideon – as well as the universities of Birmingham, Leicester and Loughborough.
The deadline for participants is 25 September and the survey can be accessed here.
The Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG) has been established to ensure advanced ceramics help drive the competitiveness and success of Midlands advanced manufacturing by tackling key innovation challenges.
Advanced ceramics are vital to fulfil the growing need for high performance materials in ever more demanding conditions across a wide variety of manufacturing sectors.
The MICG combines tried-and-trusted industrial and academic expertise to create a unified process for the development and commercialisation of new and enhanced processes and products.
The aims of the MICG are to:
- Make the Midlands the go-to location for the global R&D and production of advanced ceramics
- Increase the competitiveness of the Midlands industrial base
- Enhance industrial ability to develop innovative ceramic technologies with speedy marketplace adoption
- Deliver a multi-sectoral approach with rapid translation of new technologies for the advantage of a whole range of industrial sectors
- Strengthen the UK advanced ceramics supply chain for the benefit of the Midlands advanced manufacturing sector.
The MICG will drive technological breakthroughs in advanced ceramic materials and their manufacturing processes, leading to the development of lower energy and cost routes for functional and structural advanced ceramics.
Its partners are clear that to continue to compete internationally there is an urgent need to constantly enhance current processes and develop future manufacturing techniques, in the area of advanced ceramics.
- Rolls Royce
- Morgan Advanced Materials
- Vesuvius (Foseco)
- Trelleborg Retford
- McGeoch Technology (Precision Ceramics)
- Prince Minerals
- AEON Engineering
- University of Birmingham
- University of Leicester
- Loughborough University