New website highlights unique opportunities for advanced ceramics businesses and academia at multi-million pound open-access AMRICC Centre
Thursday, 18 January 2024
A new online gateway has been launched for businesses and academia in the national and international advanced ceramics sector looking to explore the opportunities and resources available at The AMRICC Centre, a new multi-million pound open-access facility.
Showcasing the Centre’s unique scope and scale, www.amricc.com outlines its pioneering capabilities, designed to accelerate innovation in the multi-billion-pound ceramics and advanced ceramics sectors.
Almost one year after commencing operations, the facility now has more than 350 pieces of high-value technology and the personnel in place – including scientists, engineers, data scientists, and computational modellers – to support the trial of new products at commercial pilot scale.
The new website gives viewers the inside track on operations of the Centre, including insight into its technical testing capabilities, extreme conditions equipment, modelling and machine learning, as well as its pilot-scale testing facilities.
It also explores The AMRICC Centre’s role in educating the next generation of highly skilled materials scientists of the future, to help companies gain commercial advantage and growth.
Dr Cathryn Hickey, CEO of The AMRICC Centre, said: “As an open-access facility, The AMRICC Centre is able to provide a cutting-edge environment for organisations to trial new products at commercial pilot scale, helping to de-risk the use of new technologies much more quickly.
“We needed a website that captures this unique offer comprehensively and sets out The AMRICC Centre as a centre of excellence for materials technologies on their path to commercialisation, particularly related to advanced ceramics processing.
“The technology and expertise are now in place to work with national and international partners, looking to accelerate improvements to existing technology in the advanced ceramics sector, as well as bring innovation to market faster and to de-risk new technologies.”
“We’ve already got some exciting projects in place and look forward to supporting the commercialisation of new innovation in 2024 and beyond.”
Based in Staffordshire, The AMRICC Centre is the physical outcome from the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group’s (MICG) £18.27 million five -year research programme, funded by Government under UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund in 2021.
Under its remit to provide the ‘go-to centre’ for ceramics and advanced ceramics commercialisation, and give organisations unprecedented opportunities to enter global markets, the facility’s open-access model is available through membership of The AMRICC Centre, or on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis.
Overall financial sponsor Lucideon has championed The AMRICC Centre, investing over £4 million to support it, including £800,000 to back the initial bid and significant investment to host and manage the facility, through funding and access to industry expertise.
Notes to editors
The AMRICC Centre is the UK’s only advanced ceramics pilot-scale facility, providing the ability to rapidly solve materials development and production challenges, and thus accelerate products to market. Its critical mass, its breadth and depth of ceramic processing equipment, and its technologies, allow it to provide a unique resource for industry. It is hosted and managed by Lucideon on behalf of the MICG consortium, in close collaboration with industry & academia, and was jointly funded by the UKRI Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) and Lucideon to deliver the benefits of the Midlands Advanced Ceramics for industry 4.0 project in an open-access facility for all.
The AMRICC Centre serves as a Centre of Excellence for the development of advanced ceramic technologies. It combines capabilities from powder processing, forming, sintering, and testing, all the way through the manufacturing process – notably all in one place.
The cutting-edge equipment suite provides capabilities that are rarely available elsewhere, and covers a range of extreme conditions, from densification with hot or cold isostatic pressure, to sintering up to 3000 degrees, sintering in a vacuum, or in atmospheres such as argon.
The Centre covers conventional and non-conventional manufacturing methods, such as additive manufacturing, and also both conventional and novel sintering techniques, with all of this supported by a suite of testing and analytics capability, all at greater-than-lab scale.
The Centre allows users to change or develop a new manufacturing process with industrially relevant facilities outside of your current production line. By using the extensive capacity and capability within The AMRICC Centre, products can be developed offline, isolating all the independent variables in parallel to existing operations. There’s no loss of current production, reducing the risk and cost of the process, whilst allowing time and expertise to investigate all aspects of a new production process.
The AMRICC Centre offers more than just equipment. Threaded through its development work is expertise in computational modelling and data science, along with digital twinning, computational materials development, and other future-facing Industry 4.0 practices.
Access to The AMRICC Centre and its entire range of cutting-edge kit capabilities is open to all on a pay-as-you-go basis, but for those interested in more frequent collaboration, membership is available and offers additional benefits. Regardless of model, users can either use the open access facilities privately, or add in the superb skills, abilities, and many years of experience of Lucideon’s technical experts who then provide the expertise and the consultancy to find solutions to their root-cause problems.
Press release written by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR, 07985 129315