Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group member, Lucideon, is a finalist in The Sentinel Business Awards, in the Science and Technology category.
One of the major successes in 2021 for Lucideon, which will have a lasting impact on its work and the wider Staffordshire economy, community and UK innovation overall, has been its pioneering work as a lead member of the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG).
In July 2021, the MICG industrial and academic consortium secured £18.27million in government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund (SIPF), to put the area firmly on the map as a global centre for advanced ceramics.
The funds are creating a world-leading industrial and academic R&D programme over the next four years, creating a cluster of new businesses in Staffordshire and the wider Midlands and strengthening the supply chain.
The SIPF funding, combined with partner investment and the creation of new business opportunities, will together make the programme a £42.1 million project.
Lucideon was the lead partner in instigating the MICG, which was created in 2020. It is the lead for the SIPF funding award, having coordinated the application, and now leads the management of the programme on behalf of the MICG.