UK opens ceramics research center

The Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG), based in the UK, has opened a research facility focused on commercializing ceramics research.

This follows a £18.27 million research program carried out by the group funded by the UK government.

The center is currently located in Stone, Staffordshire, with plans to move onto a proposed ceramics-focused campus in the town of Stoke-on-Trent.

"The AMRICC Centre […] will deliver a real competitive advantage for the Midlands and UK economy overall by enabling companies to commercialize new innovation through access to the latest pilot and scale-up capabilities,” said AMRICC CEO, Dr Cathryn Hickey. According to Dr Hickey, the advanced ceramics sector is projected to be worth £143 billion this year globally.

The facility will reportedly operate an open access model, enabling companies to join through membership or on a 'pay-as-you-go' basis. “As an open access facility, the AMRICC centre is able to work with companies to trial new products at commercial pilot scale, so helping to de-risk the use of new technologies much quicker,” Dr Hickey added.