21 February 2024
by Sarah Morgan

£10mln open-access AMRICC Centre launched

A £10mln open-access research centre for ceramics has been launched in the Midlands.

Chris Plant, Deputy Chief Executive of Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, Rob Flello, CEO of Ceramics UK, Mark Dudson and Tom Oakes of Lucideon, Jo Gideon MP and Martin Jones, Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University. © The AMRICC Centre

The AMRICC Centre operates under an open-access format, translating materials, processes, and technologies into real-world products and solutions by enabling product and process development to be carried out at an industrially relevant scale.

The centre includes an equipment suite featuring over 350 pieces of technology – coupled with scientists, engineers, data scientists, and computational modellers to turn innovative ideas into market-ready technologies.

The official launch of The AMRICC Centre brought together industry, academia and the public sector at the Staffordshire site, the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Ceramics Industry, Jo Gideon MP, cut the ribbon on the research centre.

Overall financial sponsor Lucideon, a founding partner of the MICG, has invested millions of pounds and provided access to industry expertise.

The AMRICC Centre’s remit is said to include partnerships with universities to provide an educational facility to train and support material scientists for the future.

The AMRICC Centre is the physical outcome from the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group’s (MICG) £18.27mln four-year research programme, funded by the UK Government under UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund in 2021.

Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, says, ‘The AMRICC Centre is a fantastic facility, which will drive innovation in ceramics and advanced ceramics up to the next level.’

Rob Flello, CEO of the trade body Ceramics UK, says, ‘Ceramics are absolutely fundamental to every part of our lives and a facility like this enables further development, new ideas and creations, as well as testing existing ideas and perhaps finding new applications for them. It’s amazing.’

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