14 Jul

Midlands Ceramics Consortium project involves local Universities

MICG Ian Edmonds, of Rolls-Royce and the Chair of Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group.

Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG) officially launched a four-year research programme involving both industry and academia, at the Ceramics UK expo which was held at the NEC in Birmingham.

The Midlands Ceramics Consortium project plans to place the Midlands at the heart of the multi-billion-pound global advanced ceramics industry and ambitious plans have been set out by a consortium of the region’s academic and research bodies and businesses.

The programme secured £18.27 million government funding from the UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) last year, and is the first stage of a project which could channel £80 million of investment and generate 4,200 jobs in the region over the next decade.

Chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership, Sir John Peace, said:

“The advanced ceramics of today underpin an astonishing number of industries across the globe – aerospace, clean energy, automotive, telecoms, defence and healthcare all benefit from, and will continue to rely on, these innovative materials. Our region has an opportunity to lead the way – future-fitting our historic expertise and maintaining our region’s legacy as a world-leader in ceramics.”

Membership of the MICG is made up of the universities of Leicester and Loughborough and Birmingham. As well as blue-chip companies and SMEs including Rolls-Royce, Morgan Advanced Materials, Lucideon, Foseco, Trelleborg, Precision Ceramics and AEON Engineering.

At the Midlands Ceramics Consortium project event the MICG invited new partners to engage with them, their research and to do business in the Midlands. The project could also unlock further investment from MICG’s partners for the Advanced Ceramics Campus – a 130,000 square feet development, proposed for North Staffordshire.

The MICG website has details on the MICG partners and their delivery programme. More details about MICG can be found at https://micg.org.uk/