MRE 2018

9 Mar 2018


IOM3 will have a stand at the 2018 Materials Research Exchange (MRE) event held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on 12–13 March. Come and see us on stand 14.

As an acknowledged global hub of excellence in materials research, the UK needs to promote the importance of advanced materials as one of the technologies to propel the UK economy to future success. MRE2018 provides an excellent platform to develop commercial success of UK-generated materials innovation by showcasing the groundbreaking new materials and processes to industry to accelerate the process of taking these through to commercialisation.

Organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK and supported by IOM3, EPSRC and Dstl, this unique two day exhibition and conference will showcase the richness of the UK materials research and investment opportunities, providing an ideal opportunity to absorb current trends and take a glimpse of future innovations. This is the ideal event to build links within the materials supply chain to strengthen the UK materials offer to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and end users.

From metals, advanced composites, powders and textiles to graphene and polymers - innovations in advanced materials research have numerous applications across a wide range of sectors. Meet investors, inform and be informed by industrial strategy and network with the entire materials landscape, from academics to spin-outs to SMEs and product designers to manufacturers and users.

The largest number of UK universities, research organisations and SMEs will be exhibiting to demonstrate the wealth of materials in development from both academic and industrial research groups. In addition, there will be a series of seminars and workshops demonstrating the scope of current developments in advanced materials including a technology focus on key application areas such as aerospace, robotics, automotive, energy, health, defence and sustainable construction, value creating opportunities provided by materials and design and engaging the creative industries.

Dr Robert Quarshie, Head of Materials at the Knowledge Transfer Network said: “Advanced Materials research and innovation will be instrumental in the generation of long-term economic growth and jobs for the UK. However, to realise the potential of advanced materials the research needs to be converted into products. The 2018 Materials Research & Investor Showcase is an absolute must for anyone working in materials and users of materials. It is relevant to a much wider range of sectors, as it will provide a unique forum for increasing interactions between industry, researchers and policymakers from a range of disciplines and market sectors, across supply chains.”

Ben Walsh, Lead Technologist in Advanced Materials at Innovate UK added: “Innovation in Advanced materials is a UK strength – enabling technologies in sectors as diverse as automotive and electronics.  This exciting cross-sector conference will demonstrate the depth and breadth of UK materials research and demonstrate the opportunities available to companies to grow their businesses through the research and innovation support available.”

According to Simon Edmonds, Director for Manufacturing and Materials, Innovate UK, “This is an exciting time in advanced materials innovation. Starting in April, the formation of UK Research and Innovation will give the materials community a boost to help transfer knowledge from our world class universities to industry. Also, the UK Government’s commitment to raise research and development to the OECD average will see an unprecedented increase in innovation funding. Events such as MRE, and support from Innovate UK and its partners, are here to help the materials sector exploit this opportunity and become world beating.”

To register and to view the full programme information, visit