Thank you to all our exhibitors for making MRE2018 such a success.


TISICS develops lightweight ceramic  bre reinforced titanium and aluminium alloys for high performance systems where strength, mass, corrosion resistance and temperature properties can be exploited. These materials can be engineered to replace conventional geometry parts with 40% weight saving or designs optimised for the composite properties and net shape manufacturing to give 70% weight savings.TISICS has a unique capability to make the ceramic  bre and develop and produce metal composite components working with partners in space, aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. We aim to meet customer, supply chain partners and investors at MRE to jointly exploit industrialising the technology.


AIM is a £9M EPSRC/Welsh Government funded integrated scienti c imaging facility for Wales that can provide imaging and analytical capabilities across several length scales from Angstroms to centimetres. The Centre will provide a fully-coupled micro/nano-analysis work ow via a state-of-the- art advanced correlative imaging (combining di erent data sets across length scales) with capability in transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Ion beam nanofabrication, X-ray Di raction (XRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Energy- Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), and micro and nano X-ray computed tomography (microCT). 

Steel and Metals Institute

The Steel and Metals Institute is based at Swansea University. We are an open access centre delivering innovation through partnerships. Our mission is to create a 21st century steel and metals industry, building strong links between academia and industrial partners and facilitating collaborative relationships between our members. We have a wide range of equipment including materials characterisation, testing and process simulation facilities. We can provide bespoke packages, and a more comprehensive service through membership of the Institute. As a University-led Institute we can access funding for science and innovation research, as well as providing access to a vast range of expertise via our academic colleagues. 

SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre

SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre aims to transform buildings into power stations by enabling them to generate, store and release their own solar energy. The centre brings together world class academic and industrial expertise in the  elds of functional coatings, solar energy, battery storage and chemical conversion; alongside unique pilot manufacturing facilities and business development expertise; to develop a range of products that can be integrated into buildings in one smart energy system. SPECIFIC is led by Swansea University and funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.


Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) provides a unique network for the engagement of material scientists and product designers to develop novel ideas and products that link directly to market need. MaDE Partners include the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3), the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network, the Royal College of Art, Barron Gould and the Crafts Council. Individual MaDE Advisors are also supporting the initiative to expand the range of events and knowledge networking that MaDE has provided since 2006. We are looking for your support and guidance to grow this interdisciplinary activity and move us forward to embrace new fields of value to all communities.


The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) ensures that high-impact science and technology contribute to the defence and security of the UK. We supply specialist services to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and wider government. 60% of MOD’s science and technology programme (total funding: £410 million) is supplied by our external partners in industry and academia worldwide. As an executive agency of MOD, Dstl is run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to science and technology in the defence and security field. Dstl works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas.

2 x 3D

We are an innovative company in the field of plasma technology and an international leader in the production of low-pressure plasma systems, plasma HF generators, atmospheric plasma & Parylene Protective Coating Machines.

Plasma is used in areas where it matters:-To bond materials together or to change their surface properties to suit your needs.It is possible to modify virtually any surface with this pioneering technology.It therefore offers numerous applications. For example:-

  • Precision cleaning of small and micro-components
  • Activation of plastic parts before gluing, painting, printing or coating
  • Etching and partial removal of various materials such as PTFE, photoresist, hard to reach contaminates.
  • Coating of components with PTFE-like coatings, barrier coatings, hydrophobic and hydrophilic coatings, friction reducing coatings plus many others.
  • Component Protection with ultra thin coatings. Plasma technology has established itself in all areas of industry, and new applications are constantly evolving and new applications are constantly evolving.

Our technological maturity and resounding success guarantee continuous, global expansion. Each year, we build about 600 plasma systems, 8000 systems have been sold worldwide.

National Composites Centre (NCC)

The National Composites Centre (NCC) was set up as a new venture in 2010 and has grown strongly in the last 8 years, reflecting the demand for advanced composites materials and products in established markets. 

The NCC workforce is now some 300 highly qualified personnel working with over £95m of leading edge industrial assets and facilities, with plans in place to expand again. 

The NCC is a department of Bristol University and one of the seven centres that make up the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC). Catapults operate on a mixed public and commercial investment model which reflects their role of translating research into industrial exploitation and hence improved UK competitiveness.

Materials & Manufacturing Academy (M2A)

The Materials & Manufacturing Academy (M2A) is a Swansea University initiative which provides industry led postgraduate research training in the areas of advanced materials and manufacturing.

Project METaL from Swansea university aims to address a skills shortage in materials and manufacturing through the provision of work based learning.

Advance Imaging of Materials (AIM), the Swansea University Centre provides a fully-coupled micro/nano-analysis workflow via a state-of-the-art advanced correlative imaging with capability in transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Ion beam nanofabrication, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), and micro-nano X-ray computed tomography (microCT). 

Drochaid Research Services Ltd

Drochaid Research Services Ltd began operation in 2018 following the closure of the Sasol operation in St Andrews. We have relevant and current industrial expertise (>200 years combined) and have retained access to the world class equipment for synthesis, testing and characterisation built up over 15 years, this includes several unique facilities. With extensive first-hand experience of the development of commercial processes, spanning Technology Readiness Levels 1-10 we pride ourselves on being able to identify opportunities, design and execute critical experiments and work collaboratively to carry out techno-economic assessments and shepherd new projects through typical stage-gate type processes.

Welsh Government

Welsh Government delivers the economic agenda across Wales. We work to encourage the best environment to enable the private sector to grow.

If you are considering Wales as a location for your business we can help you find out why you should invest here. For businesses already based in Wales, our Innovation team offers an integrated package of funding and support for helping you to develop new products, processes, services and technologies. 

University of Central Lancashire for the graphene plane

Graphene skinned unmanned aircraft is showcased at Farnborough Air Show 2016 - The world’s first public flights of a specialist unmanned aircraft have been hailed as a “tremendous success” by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), University of Manchester and Haydale Composites.

Prospero, a three metre wide aircraft which is part constructed using a graphene enhanced carbon fibre material, was unveiled at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show and it attracted the attention of major names within the aviation industry.

The aircraft took to the skies three times during the world-famous event, which attracted more than 90,000 spectators. It was the first aircraft to feature in the aerial demonstration sessions and the pilot executed planned routines, between four and seven minutes long, which had been approved by the airshow’s flight operations team.

University of Sussex

We are a newly-established research group, led by Prof Alan Dalton, studying structure-property relationships in nanomaterials and nanostructures. The group's research interests focus on understanding the fundamental structure-property relationships in materials containing one- and two- dimensional materials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene and other layered nanomaterials. To date, the group have published over 130 papers and 10 patents filed (or pending) in the general area. According to google scholar their work has been cited over 8500 times since 2000. We are particularly interested in developing viable applications for nano-structured organic composites (mechanical, electrical and thermal). We are also interested in the directed-assembly and self-assembly of nanostructures into functional macrostructures and more recently interfacing biological materials with synthetic inorganic and organic materials and associated applications. For more information visit our website


SGMA is a manufacturing company specialising in the research and technology development of protective coatings and advanced materials. Using the art of the Sol-Gel process combined with new and existing technologies, SGMA serves a diverse range of industries and stakeholders in Sol-Gel Technology.

SGMA’s current coating range consists of non-toxic and CFC free products that comes in different functional groups, density, pH ...etc making them ideal for protection, planarisation, gap filling and functionalising several substrates.

SGMA is to introduce its first patent pending, non-toxic and antibacterial coating to the market in Q4, 2018.

The Faraday Insitution

The Faraday Institution is the UK's independent institute for energy storage science and technology, supporting research, training, and analysis. We bring together scientists, industry partners, and government funding around common goals: to reduce battery cost, weight, and volume; to improve performance and reliability; to develop scalable designs; to improve manufacturing; to develop whole-life strategies from mining to recycling to second use; and to accelerate commercialisation. Part of the ISCF Faraday Battery Challenge, the Faraday Institution aims to make the UK the go-to place for the R&D, manufacture and production of new battery technologies for the automotive and the wider relevant sectors.

Invest Northern Ireland ( Invest NI)

Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) is Northern Ireland's regional economic development agency. It is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) of the Department for the Economy (DfE). Supporting business growth and inward investment, promoting innovation, research and development and in-company training, encouraging exports and supporting local economic development and company start up.

The region offers a workforce that is educated, smart, innovative and results-driven. People who will go the extra mile to make sure your operation is a success. Combine this with a superb infrastructure, competitive costs and excellent support packages and you have the ideal location.

At InvestNI we work directly and indirectly with businesses across Northern Ireland.


We are an agile and progressive pigment company that works with multi-nationals to provide environmentally responsive coatings, replacing toxic and mutagenic chemicals.  Our pigments allow the coating to sense when it needs to protect itself, releasing the inhibitor on demand to prevent damage.  We provide a smarter, safer, self-healing solution.

Northumbria University School of Design Bio-Design Laboratory

We are living in the age of designed materials. By integrating creative design fundamentals with synthetic biology principles and Additive Bio-Fabrication(ABF), it is not unreasonable that Future Ways of Living will be grown.

We are developing a research platform – DesignB&B(botany and biology) in which 3,4D structures are explored using ABF and natural functional materials (polysaccharide hydrogels and aerogels +shape memory polymers and elastomers) to create useful ‘effect to benefit’ spatial and temporal products for automotive, aerospace, Space, Healthcare and Consumer  applications.

We will illustrate our approach with samples and video of elastic surfaces and structures.

Rubber Consultants

Rubber Consultants is the independent consultancy unit of one of the world’s leading rubber R&D laboratories, the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre. We have provided testing and R&D services to the elastomer and polymer industries, their suppliers and customers for over 30 years. Our global customer base includes clients from the tyre, automotive, aerospace, railway, oil & gas, medical & healthcare, pharmaceutical, packaging and construction sectors. From our state-of-the art facilities, in Hertford, experienced scientists, technologists and engineers can provide solutions for your testing, product development and R&D requirements. TARRC is the UK R&D and promotion centre of the Malaysian Rubber Board.

Indestructible Paint Limited

Indestructible Paint are manufacturers of specialist, high-performance surface coatings engineered to provide solutions for a wide range of markets, including: aviation, defence and high-performance general industrial. Through long involvement with the aerospace and high technology coatings market, Indestructible are able to produce a variety of niche products. The innovation and creativity of an experienced R&D department delivers effective solutions to customers’ specific requirements. Indestructible hold and continue to receive many approvals for products from tier one aerospace manufacturers such as Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney and British Aerospace, among many others. Accredited to AS9100 Revision 'D' and environmental specification ISO14001.

Nottingham Trent University - The Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG)

The Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG) is a thriving research group at the UK’s Nottingham Trent University. Housed within the university’s School of Art & Design, the research group works closely with its colleagues in art and fashion, growing within the School since its creation. The ATRG’s research runs along two main lines: Electronic Textiles and Yarns, focused on integrating electronics into yarns and textiles, and Flexural Materials, focused on advanced knitted and woven structures, elastomeric composites and bio-realistic modelling.

Tata Steel

Tata Steel is one of Europe's leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the UK and Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products that give them a competitive edge. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the top global steel companies, with an annual steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes and almost 74,000 employees across five continents. The group’s revenue in the year ending March 2017 was $18.1 billion.

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh’s cutting edge research can offer a fresh perspective for companies looking to innovate and develop new ideas.  Ranked in the global top 25 universities, our key relevant areas of expertise include innovative composites, advanced materials, soft matter, energy storage, polymer chemistry, robotics & AI, urban mining, circular economy and sustainability. We are keen to work with industry and we make it easy for businesses to engage with our researchers and develop mutually beneficial, long term partnerships.

Joint University Industry Consortium for Energy (Materials) and Devices Hub

The JUICED Energy Materials Hub are accelerating the development of sustainable energy (nano) materials using a combination of modelling and high throughput synthesis/discovery and characterisation, to lab and pilot scale-up demonstrator / device validation. Key themes are energy conversion devices and fuel cells / catalysts, (2) charge storage devices, and (3) thermal energy transfer, storage and harvesting.  Lead academics are Prof Jawwad Darr (PI) is (UCL), Prof Brian Hayden (Southampton), Prof Peter Slater (Birmingham) and Prof Upul Wijayantha (Loughborough).

Knowledge Centre Materials Chemistry

The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC) accelerates valuable R&D collaborations between business and academics in the chemistry-using industries. It does this to encourage and develop product and process innovations in advanced materials faster, at reduced cost and risk. The KCMC team, spread across partner universities in the UK, offers great knowledge and experience of materials chemistry in both academia and industry to facilitate innovation partnerships. The work of KCMC creates collaborations in materials chemistry and advanced materials that otherwise would not have happened, and has been shown to deliver direct impact on business performance and boost the UK economy.

BCAST Brunel University London

BCAST is an academic research centre at Brunel University London. BCAST focuses on both fundamental and applied research on solidification of metallic materials.

​The Materials Processing Institute​

The Materials Processing Institute is a research and innovation centre serving organisations that work in advanced materials, low carbon energy and the circular economy. The Institute provides a range of technology and R&D based services and consultancy. Scientists and engineers apply their expertise to progress innovation, develop materials and improve products and processes. The Institute also has pilot and demonstration facilities and a SME Technology Centre to support businesses with the development of new technologies and products. The Institute works with: steel, metals and alloys, chemical processes, aerospace and defence, energy, mining and quarrying, construction, rail, transport and infrastructure, offshore, subsea and nuclear.

Advanced Forming Research Centre - University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, engineering research and development, and metal forming and forging research.  The AFRC helps to bridge the gap between fundamental academic research and industry. We help companies to turn innovative technologies and ideas into a commercial reality that will increase their competitiveness, boost their business and secure the manufacturing sector in Scotland and the UK for generations to come. We offer world-class expertise and cutting-edge technologies that help firms develop solutions that bring about real business benefits for companies of all sizes.     

Baltex Ltd

Baltex Ltd are a leading producer of 2 or 3 dimensional weft and warp knitted fabrics in the technical textiles sector and a key player in the European marketplace. Baltex has production facilities in the UK and in Poland in the heart of the EU. We utilise a wide range of fibres including, Polyester, Polyamide, Meta-aramid,  Para-aramid ,glass, elastane and cotton. Our vertical operation also allows us to dye and treat fabrics for improved adhesion for composite structures and rubber reinforcement applications. Our development team thrives  on offering customer specific solutions or enhancements to existing products.

University of Warwick

The Materials GRP at Warwick is an interdisciplinary platform which spans the physical and engineering sciences. This program encompasses both the structure and understanding of materials at the atomic or molecular scales, right through to their macroscopic properties and applications. The research by GRP academic staff is supported by the Research Technology Platforms (RTPs). These provide an integrated network of world-class technologies to ensure both our researchers and external partners have access to the equipment and expertise to carry out outstanding science. Access to the knowledge and technology in the RTPs is facilitated through Warwick Scientific Services.

The Henry Royce Institute/Royce & The University of Manchester

The Henry Royce Institute is the national organisation based in Manchester that is leading on advanced materials research and applications. To achieve this mission, the Royce brings together world-leading academics from across the UK, and works closely with industry to ensure commercialisation of fundamental research.

Founding partners include the universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Leeds, Imperial College London, Oxford and Cambridge, plus the UK Atomic Energy Agency and the National Nuclear Laboratory. Baroness Brown of Cambridge, chair of the Royce, says a new era of partnership has begun across the UK’s advanced materials communities to drive new and exciting applications that will support societal good and also boost economic growth.

Henry Royce Institute/Royce & The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester, working with the Henry Royce Institute, is a leader in developing advanced materials for a range of global challenges. Manchester is the home to world-leading research around 2D materials, such as graphene which was isolated at the University in 2004. These wonder materials have huge potential to influence a number of areas, including membranes and coatings; energy storage; and functional composites.

In other areas of materials science, Manchester experts are looking to test and analyse materials for nuclear energy applications, as well as helping to accelerate the discovery, manufacture and translation of state-of-the-art biomedical devices

STFC Bridging for Innovators

From Space Science to particle accelerators the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) operates on a wide platform of science. Its primary role is to design, build and operate large scale science facilities for the benefit of UK researchers, both academic as well as industrial. Now, the STFC offers funding to industry to access its science facilities and expertise through the Bridging for Innovators programme. This programme is designed to assist companies in overcoming difficult productivity issues by accessing STFC’s cutting edge science facilities. For further details see   

Granted Consultancy

We are Granted Consultancy, UK and EU grant funding specialists. We work with ambitious businesses and entrepreneurs seeking funding for their company or ideas.Our sectorial experience spans: Tech | Digital | Creative | Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering | Education | Construction | Knowledge Transfer | Energy. Since 2010 we have secured grant funding from £10k to £2m+ for R&D projects, business growth investments and major public sector projects. We have offices in Fleet St, London and Southernhay, Exeter. If you've got an exciting, ambitious project, we'd love to see you achieve it - even better, we'd like to help you.

Intrinsiq Materials

Intrinsiq Materials is an advanced materials company and recognised leader in the field of nanomaterial technology, developed over two decades originally for the UK Ministry of Defence, by the UK’s largest independent science and technology company, QinetiQ. Intrinsiq became a standalone company in 2007, providing low-cost nanoparticle based copper ink and paste for the emerging printed electronics industry, as well as other nanoparticle based solutions. Intrinsiq’s core competencies include nanoparticle manufacture, particle functionalization, dispersion and ink formulation, as well as laser and other sintering techniques. Intrinsiq bring their extensive knowledge to the application of conductive nanocopper based inks and other specialised inks and pastes to printed electronics, including Microelectronics, Automotive, Display, Security, Defence, Lighting and PV.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials at the University of Exeter

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials at the University of Exeter (XM2) has a well-established track record of relevant research from microwave metasurfaces to carbon nanotubes, from the fundamental theory of electromagnetism and quantum mechanics to new understanding in acoustics, from graphene plasmonics to spintronics, magnonics and magnetic composites, and from terahertz photonics to biomimetics. The Centre opened its doors in September 2014 and now consists of more than 60 PhD students (Postgraduate Researchers) from the UK, the EU and beyond, who are training in a stimulating, challenging yet supportive cohort-based environment with strong industrial partners.


GrantTree is a team of engineers, scientists and consultants dedicated to helping the UK's most innovative companies grow. We're experts in Innovation Grants and R&D Tax Credits and have worked with 550 science and technology companies to successfully raise over £70 million in government funding for UK businesses. Our entrepreneurial spirit and niche expertise means we’re equipped to guide start-ups, entrepreneurs and established businesses through the maze of funding options. We offer business support in the form innovation workshops and business model canvas' and are always here to have a chat about any innovation or funding problems you’re facing. 

PV3 Technologies

PV3 Technologies is an electrochemical and nano materials company, specialising in electrodes and electrocatalysts for a wide range of applications including: Li-ion & flow batteries, fuel cells, water electrolysers, corrosion prevention, electrochemical sensors and water treatment.  In addition to supplying existing products we have an active innovation programme for new materials and offer contract R&D and sub-contract manufacturing services at commercial rates and timescales.

TA Instruments

TA Instruments is a leading supplier of instruments for the Physical Properties characterisation of materials as a function of temperature. Techniques available include Thermal Analysis (DSC, TGA, TMA, DMA, Vapour Sorption Analysers), Rheology (Rheometers), Microcalorimetry (ITC, DSC, Isothermal Calorimetry), Thermo Physical Properties (Laser and Xenon Flash, Heat Flow and Guarded Heat Flow meters), Dilatometry (Horizontal and Vertical Dilatometers, Heating Microscopes, Optical Dilatometers, Quenching Dilatometers), Rubber Testing (Mooney Viscometers, Rubber Process Analysers, Moving Die Rheometers, Density and Hardness testers) and Mechanical Test Instruments (Fatigue Testers, DMA, Load Frame systems, Tissue Engineering Instruments, etc.)

Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a UK based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Established to support the UK process manufacturing industry, CPI helps companies overcome innovation challenges and develop next generation products and processes.  CPI provides facilities and in depth technical expertise so that our customers can develop their products and processes with less risk, proving commercial viability before making substantial investments.   CPI has dedicated national innovation centres supporting the following technologies: Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining; Printable Electronics; Biologics; Formulation. 

University of Bath

The Materials and Structures (MAST) Centre at the University of Bath is a multidisciplinary centre that simultaneously develops and designs innovative materials with unique properties, whilst targeting the technological, structural and manufacturing applications in which they will be employed, thereby revolutionising performance and production process. Our world-leading research is focusing on the areas of composites, smart materials, structural and functional ceramics, non-destructive evaluation, ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials for energy harvesting and energy generation.

The Centre has excellent modern equipment for measurements of structural, chemical, physical, and mechanical properties and processing of a wide range of materials. Based on our expertise and well-funded laboratories we are able to run a comprehensive consultancy service and research development with industry partners.


Gnosys Advanced Materials exploits Gnosys development of polymeric, composite and coating materials for challenging environments and applications in the energy sector including electricity and gas transmission and distribution. This covers new functional polymers and composites for high voltage and current ratings with good thermal stability, functionalised nanomaterials including metal oxides and nitrides including highly exfoliated boron nitride used with thermoplastic blends and thermosets. Self-healing materials and
thermoplastic elastomers for self-repair and water blocking functions in power cables and subterranean structures subject to water ingress and generic platforms for incorporating self- healing and other functional chemistries into a variety of polymer matrices.

Research Complex at Harwell

We provide a world-leading facility for X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) services to the academic and industrial communities in the UK. Based at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) with partner hubs offering specialist analysis at Cardiff University, University College London and the University of Manchester, the HarwellXPS service provides XPS, UPS, XPS imaging, Ion Scattering Spectroscopy (LEIS), cluster and monotomic ion depth profiling, High Energy XPS (HAXPS) and Near Ambient Pressure (NAP-XPS) as well as high temperature and pressure treatments.

University of Strathclyde Advanced Materials Research Laboratory

The University of Strathclyde Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL) is a leading laboratory and testing centre housed in the University of Strathclyde. We offer a wide range of services from consultancy to multidisciplinary research projects with many industrial, government and academic organisations as partners.

Our materials expertise ranges from nano-scale through to full-scale component testing, and our capabilities include mechanical, compositional, thermal and micro-structural analyses and allow us to work with clients across all sectors of engineering.

University of Leeds

The Bragg Centre for Materials Research at the University of Leeds brings together researchers from across the engineering and physical sciences to enable the discovery, creation, characterization and exploitation of materials engineered at the atomic level. The Centre’s researchers develop fundamental understanding, as well as designing and fabricating materials which have potential for exploitation in new devices, systems and applications, underpinning 21st century research challenges across the physical and life sciences.  The Centre strengthens the reputation of the University of Leeds as a world-leading centre for interdisciplinary materials research.


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. It exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community.

IOM3 was formed from the merger of the Institute of Materials and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy in June 2002. Its roots go back to the Iron and Steel Institute which was established in 1869. It received Royal Charters in 1899 and 1975. It merged with the Institute of Packaging (2006) and the Institute of Clay Technology (2006). In the Summer of 2009 the Institute reached an agreement with the Institute of Wood Science to transfer all its members and activities to IOM3. In November 2010, IOM3 also embraced the activities and membership of the Institute of Vitreous Enamellers.

Glass Technology Services

Glass Technology Services is a globally recognised independent expert in glass research and development, testing and consultancy. We work with partners and customers at every stage of the development cycle and supply chain to drive innovation, growth and sustainability in glass. Our R&D projects range from development of new glass materials and manufacturing processes to product commercialisation. Recent work has spanned the medical, defence, energy, oil and gas, laser, optics/photonics and waste processing sectors. We have an extensive network of partners; over the past four years, we have helped secure more than £4million of grant-funding and have collaborated with commercial and academic organisations from UK, EU and the USA.

M&I Materials Ltd

M&I Materials Limited is a global manufacturer of specialist materials for industry and science. The company has a portfolio of successful brands including


M&I Materials has built a robust, innovative business based on delivering technical excellence and high standards of customer service to key markets around the globe. Born out of the research division of GEC Alsthom, M&I Materials combines the proven pedigree of long-standing products with the research and development expertise to bring new solutions to market.

The Future Photonics Hub

The Future Photonics Hub works with industry to support the rapid commercialisation of emerging technologies by developing materials, devices and fabrication processes with ease of integration and production at their core.

This £22M EPSRC Future Manufacturing Research Hub is led by the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, an internationally-esteemed photonics institute, partnered with semiconductor technology experts from the EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility, University of Sheffield.

Innovations from the Hub and the associated major research programme, ChAMP - Chalcogenide Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, span 2D materials, metamaterials, novel glass, fibre, III-V, silicon and mid-IR photonics, all underpinned by £200M fabrication facilities.

Lancaster University

Lancaster University is one of the UK’s top universities, ranked in the top 10 across all major tables, and is currently ‘University of the Year’ in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. The University is ranked 1st in the North West, and 150th in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2018. The University’s research has also been rated as world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). A major strength of Lancaster University is its thriving ecosystem of interdisciplinary research; The Materials Science Institute brings together experts from different disciplines to address regional, national, and global challenges.

University of Surrey

Across the University of Surrey we have over 50 academics from different engineering /physical science disciplines involved in all aspects of materials teaching and research, including modelling, processing, and materials substitution and sustainability.  Our expertise in materials characterisation is well–established and Surrey is home to unique facilities including the Ion Beam Centre, an EPSRC-supported national facility.  Aligned with our strong focus on industrial engagement and collaborative research and training, Surrey also hosts the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies, which provides EngD students and sponsoring organisations the opportunity to work together on challenging industrial problems.

University of Oxford - Oxford Materials

The Department of Materials at the University of Oxford is one of world’s leading materials teaching and research institutions. According to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014 assessment, 98% of the Department’s Overall Research was awarded the 3* (38% - internationally excellent) and the highest 4* (60% - world-leading) rating, and for Research Impact we were the highest performing materials department in the UK with 90% of our submission receiving the 4* rating.  National league tables regularly place us as the UK’s top materials department.  The University of Oxford was recently ranked number one in the Times Higher Education world university rankings. 

Potter Clarkson LLP

Potter Clarkson LLP is an award-winning firm of European patent and trade mark attorneys and IP solicitors. Recognised as leaders in their field, the firm is well known for handling some of the most complex and challenging patent and trade mark issues for clients around the globe, across a wide variety of technical areas and industry sectors. The firm offers the full range of IP legal services, (contentious and non-contentious) acting for start-up and early stage companies, owner-managed businesses, universities, technology transfer organisations, and large multi-national companies spanning the entire commercial spectrum in both the public and private sectors.

Sheffield Hallam University

The Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) is a dynamic interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to addressing industrial problems through the application of fundamental science and engineering. Our experienced team has a highly successful track record applying cutting edge research to find innovative solutions to industry problems. The quality of our research has been confirmed by the results of the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, where 56% of the submitted research received the prestigious 4* and 3* rating as world-leading and internationally excellent.


QinetiQ is a company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise that helps our customers protect, improve and advance their vital interests.

By listening to and anticipating your needs, we can provide unique solutions that combine our depth of knowledge and experience with a collaborative and enterprising approach. We work across every aspect of the life cycle of critical equipment and infrastructure, providing services and products that address our customers'; most pressing challenges. Our breadth and depth of experience spans many markets and industries.

The Open University

The Open University is unique among UK universities in combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence.  The Open University's founding principle is to be 'open to people, places, methods and ideas’.  The Smart and Functional Materials Group at The Open University is committed to the development of novel solutions to practical problems, and expanding scientific knowledge, in the fields of Energy, Nanotechnology, Diagnostics and Material Analysis.

Loughborough University

Materials Science and Engineering has been a core strength at Loughborough University for nearly 50 years. Our research into the development of new and improved materials and processing techniques is helping to make a real difference, shaping the products of the future, improving the world around us and the way we live. Research in the department is grouped into three main areas, Advanced Materials, Soft Matter and Processing, supported by excellent infrastructure and expertise in materials modelling using high performance computing and materials characterisation. One measure of success is our close collaboration with many leading global companies in a number of strategic areas including high temperature and energy materials, surface preparation and coatings, adhesion and abhesion, materials systems for armour and protection, sintering processes for ceramics, polymer processing and biocompatible materials, to name but a few.
The Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre (LMCC), provides world class analytical services to industrial clients and academic researchers. The centre has a wide range of analytical techniques, some of which have capabilities unique within the UK. The main areas of expertise are Electron and Optical Microscopy, Surface Analysis, X-Ray Diffraction and Thermal Analysis. Our team of specialists enable researchers to gain maximum benefits from using our instrumentation.

University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool leads the design of functional materials and is breaking new ground in this field. Supported by our dynamic new Materials Innovation Factory, we are actively looking for new materials that can have large-scale applications in industry.

Photocentric Ltd

Photocentric is an innovator in photopolymer manufacture. Making the widest variety of properties for 3D printing across the light spectrum. We are the leaders in visible light exposure, our challenge has been to make printed objects functional.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is world-leading in materials research, ranging from semiconductors to pharmaceuticals.  Advanced molecular materials is an area of particular strength at the University of Nottingham with over 70 research groups developing innovative materials, characterisation methods and molecular modelling.  Of particular interest to Nottingham is greener transport, where we are driving the discovery and translation of new materials, components and technologies to create innovative electrified propulsion systems.  All of this research is underpinned by facilities, such as the Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre (nmRC) which provides expertise and state-of-the-art instrumentation for materials characterisation and analysis.


Versarien was founded in 2011 and now employs over 100 staff, across five subsidiaries and five UK locations. Versarien utilises proprietary materials technologies to create innovate engineering solutions that are capable of having game-changing impact in a broad variety of industry sectors as well as customer-specific applications. After initial success with micro-porous metallic foams, Versarien has grown to now include hard wearing materials manufacturing, plastics manufacturing with now is having success with our university spin-out companies 2-DTech Ltd. and Cambridge Graphene Ltd. which are leading graphene development and manufacturing.

University of Hertfordshire

University of Hertfordshire School of Engineering and Technology

Advanced Materials research at the University of Hertfordshire specialises in the following: Nanoparticles with anti-bacterial and anti-microbial functionality; Metal-ceramics joining; Processing of Materials using external fields; Carbon fibre and natural fibre composites; Carbon Nanomaterials for electro-mechanical devices; Smart/Innovative cementitious composites; Damage growth-modelling and impact behaviour of structural materials; Sustainable Manufacturing

The group includes nine academic members of staff, two Research Fellows and twenty postgraduate research students. During the last ten years, our research work has been supported with grants from the European Union, EPSRC, Royal Academy of Engineering, Innovate UK and industry.

University of Sheffield

Materials and Manufacturing research at The University of Sheffield spans a diverse range of disciplines with core activity in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE). With approximately 38 full time members of academic staff and an annual research income of ~£12M per year, MSE was ranked in the top 5 in the UK for research excellence and in the top ten for research output in materials science in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. MSE was also ranked 2nd position in Materials Technology in The Times Good University Guide (2017), and boasts 100% student satisfaction and 100% employability achievements in 2017 surveys.

The broad and interdisciplinary nature of our materials and manufacturing research is enriched by collaborations with science departments such as Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy delivering the highest quality fundamental research, whilst development at higher technology readiness levels includes the participation of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Further translational research is underpinned by close collaborations between the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the more traditional engineering disciplines, allowing our researchers to exploit their understanding of underlying physical phenomena for the public good.


Lucideon is a development and commercialization organization (DCO), specializing in materials technologies and processes. Its application of cross-industry insight, materials science expertise and innovative thinking allows industry to develop and implement disruptive technology platforms, providing cost and/or product performance benefits and enabling real market differentiation. It utilizes its hundreds of years of experience in development, analysis and assurance to deliver significant competitive advantage to its customers.
In addition to a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers and commercial analysts, Lucideon has world-leading testing and characterization laboratories, a combination of pilot and feasibility plant and equipment and a management and certification division.


ARTIS is a polymer materials consultancy, specialising in the development, testing, and analysis of elastomers. The broad experience of our staff, combined with our extensive compounding, test, and ageing facilities, enables us to provide our clients with independent, confidential expert advice to support their product development and business ambitions. A business within Avon Rubber plc, ARTIS is a leading organisation in understanding the chemistry and technology of rubber materials and is at the forefront of UK materials R+D in this area. It is also an internationally recognised leader in understanding the processing, properties and performance of recovered materials from rubber.

William Blythe

William Blythe delivers speciality chemical solutions to help its customers meet the technological challenges of the 21st century in markets as diverse as life sciences, performance coatings, polymers, electronics, catalysts and renewable energy. Founded in 1845, William Blythe has pioneered the development and application of inorganic chemistry for demanding applications for more than 170 years.