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Composite Industry Receives UK DTI Technology Strategy Funding

14 January 2005

A number of composite related projects identified as being critical to driving forward innovation and boosting the economy today received a cash boost from the UK Department of Trade and Industry.

Advanced composite materials and structures is just one of seven priority technology areas in receipt of funding from the Technology Strategy that aims to help UK business gain a competitive advantage, receiving 5.4 GBP million. 16.6m was also provided for technologies to support environmentally-friendly transport, and 9.3m for renewable technologies.

In total, 60 million pounds was provided for 56 projects in seven different areas from the UK Department of Trade and Industry.

Announcing the successful projects, Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Innovation, said that “this government is backing business to help take the innovative ideas and technologies out of the lab and into the market, creating prosperity for the UK. This 60 million for innovative technologies demonstrates the DTI's role as the national champion of science, innovation and technology, bringing commercial advantage to the UK.""

Chair of the Technology Strategy Board, Graham Spittle, Vice President of IBM Business Integration Development and Director of the IBM Hursley Laboratory added that “this funding will help accelerate emerging technologies into business realities and start making a real difference to the UK's competitiveness. Targeting priority areas for R&D investment is a key part of the Technology Strategy and will help the UK compete in the global knowledge economy.""

A selection of the successful applicants for the second round of funding, pertaining to the field of composites, were:
RECCOMP (Recycling Composites), Materials, SIMS Group UK Ltd, 0.88m
Lightweight Thermoplastic Composites for Made-to-order Structural Assemblies, Materials, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, 0.70m
Composite Permeable Formwork Panels, Materials, TRADA Technology Ltd, 0.70m
ACLAIM - Advanced Composite Life Assessment and Integrity Management, Materials, AEA Technology Plc, 1.81m
CURE-TEX, Materials, Pera Innovation, 1m
High value composite materials from REcycled CARbon fibre (HIRECAR), Materials, University of Nottingham, 0.89m
Lightweight eco-composites based on renewable raw materials, Materials, Green Light Products Ltd, 2.9m
Maintaining Structural Integrity in Yacht and Wind Turbine Spars (MSI SPAR), Materials, Materials Engineering Research Laboratory (MERL) Ltd, 0.62m
Bruisable Composites, Materials, Euro-Projects (LTTC) Ltd, 0.99m
Continuous Production of Off-axis Thermoplastic Prepregs, Materials, Integrated Materials Technology Ltd, 0.50m

Additional funding of 9m has also been awarded to establish knowledge transfer networks in these technology areas with the grants forming part of the Government's drive to promote innovation and help companies, research organisations and universities to exploit potential applications of new technologies so that the UK can be a leading country in these areas.

The third call, providing 80m for projects, was announced on 29 November. The Technology Strategy Board identified nine high-priority technology areas that could apply for funding:
Design, simulation and modelling
Micro and nanotechnology
Pervasive computing
Waste management and minimisation
Smart materials
Bio-based industrial products.
Energy technologies
Imaging technologies.
Opto-electronic and disruptive electronic technologies This new Government investment will provide grants between 25% and 75% for collaborative projects. Knowledge transfer networks are funded at 100%.






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