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The 2018 UK Advanced Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase to Highlight Future Growth

The 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase (MRE2018) taking place on March 12 and 13, 2018 at the Business Design Centre in London will provide 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.

The UK is an acknowledged global hub of excellence in materials research and know-how. The importance of advanced materials as one of the technologies for future growth will propel the UK economy to future success.

Organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK and supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (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.

The last Materials Research Exchange event in 2014 was highly successful and the 2018 event promises to be even bigger and better with over 600 delegates expected daily.

From metals, 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 2018 Materials Research Exchange & Investor Showcase will include talks from investors, innovators and experts such as: Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive of Innovate UK, Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of EPSRC and Rebecca Endean, Director of Strategy of UK Research & Innovation discussing the Industrial Strategy Fund support for businesses, the scope of current developments in advanced materials across key supply chains and through different sectors. More speakers are still to be announced.

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 will highlight the excellent research capability that exists in the UK demonstrating the current variety of applications in development as well as future trends.”

“This event 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 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.”

Registration is now open with a FREE early bird delegate offer until January 31st, 2018. There is also a call for exhibitors so please visit the website to sign up and for the full programme information www.mre2018.co.uk.

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