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£ 10 Million Open-Access AMRICC Centre Sets out the Future for Advanced Ceramics at Official launch

The official launch of The AMRICC Centre (Staffordshire/UK) has showcased how the facility is positioning the Midlands region at the centre of the multi-billion pound global advanced ceramics sector. Leaders across industry, academia and the public sector toured the Staffordshire site after Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Ceramics Industry, Jo Gideon MP, cut the ribbon and officially opened the £ 10 million research centre. A world-first, 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.

Jo Gideon, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, said: “The AMRICC Centre is a fantastic facility, which will drive innovation in ceramics and advanced ceramics up to the next level. Advanced ceramics offer many opportunities for UK plc, and The AMRICC Centre is a brilliant addition for the sector.  It is a world-beating facility for research and development and I am proud that it is in Staffordshire.” The AMRICC Centre is the physical outcome from the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group’s (MICG) £ 18.27 million four-year research programme, funded by Government under UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund in 2021.

CEO of The AMRICC Centre, Dr Cathryn Hickey, said: “Forecasts for the the value of advanced ceramics industry in 2023 were £ 143 billion, and The AMRICC Centre places the Midlands region, an area long associated with ceramics, in a strong position to play a key role in this highly-valued sector. Prior to the official launch, we have been working on a series of projects which have been very well received in industry, and give an insight to the potential of the Centre going forward.”

The AMRICC Centre includes an equipment suite featuring over 350 pieces of high-value technology, collectively offering unique capabilities for users – coupled with the expertise of scientists, engineers, data scientists, and computational modellers to turn innovative ideas into market-ready technologies. A video of The AMRICC Centre opening can be viewed at:

The AMRICC Centre Lauch Feb 2024 on Vimeo

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