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  • 1.Polymer Innovation Network Dr Robert Quarshie Director, Materials KTN

2. The Innovation : Factors affecting performance

  • The capacity to absorb and exploit knowledge and technology
  • The regulatory frameworkand the incentives to innovate
  • The competition regime
  • Levels ofentrepreneurship
  • Access to finance
  • Sources of new technological knowledge
  • Networks and collaboration
  • Customers and Suppliers

3. What is UK doing?

  • Development of National Strategy for Materials
  • Advanced Materials - a key pillar in funding priorities
  • Materials UK - arepresentative body for all in Materials value network
  • Materials KTN a key delivery channel for technology/knowledge transfer

4. TSB Goals for KTNs

  • To deliver improved industrial performance through innovation and new collaborations
    • by driving the flow of people, knowledge and experience between business and the science-base, between businesses and across sectors;
  • To drive knowledge transfer between the supply and demand sides of technology-enabled markets
    • through a high quality, easy to use service;
  • To facilitate innovation and knowledge transfer
    • by providing UK businesses with the opportunity to meet and network with individuals and organisations,
    • in the UK and internationally
  • To provide a forum for a coherent business voice to inform government of its technology needs
    • and about issues, such as regulation, which are enhancing or inhibiting innovation in the UK.

5. The Materials KTN is bringing together the materials supply chain to improve industrial innovation and global competitiveness of UK business 6.

  • Who is in the Materials Value Network
    • Raw Materials producers
    • Materials manufacturers and downstream processors
    • Materials users
    • Researchers, Architects, Designers and Specifiers
    • Education and Skill Providers
    • Fund Providers
    • Government

7. The MaterialsLandscape PMC CMC Metals MMC Concrete Ceramics Polymers Glass Nanotechnology Wood Structural Functional Multi-functional Biomaterials Sustainable Energy Supply Low C Transport Low Impact Buildings Creative Industries Assisted Living Metrology Standards Modelling Manufacturing HT materials Lightweight Protection Sensors Smart/Active Insulation Implants Design Sustainability Energy Harvesting Fabrics Healthcare Electric drive Wearables Biomimetics Testing KT R&D Skills Facilities NDE Coatings Intelligent Transport Energy Conservation Re-use / Recycle 8. Materials Landscape: Scope ofActivities Materials Technology Applications METALS COMPOSITES PLASTICS TECHNICALTEXTILES CERAMICS MULTI FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS GLASS MINERALS SURFACEENGINEERING SMART STRUCTURES POWDERPROCESSING DESIGN PACKAGING PackagingENERGY CONSTRUCTION HEALTHCARE MEASUREMENT TRANSPORT NANO SCALE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY STANDARDS Others Wood, Paper, Leather 9. KTN Groups MATERIALS KTN 10. ACTIVITIES

  • POLYMER INNOVATION NETWORK PLASTICS & RUBBER
  • ADVANCE TRANSPORT
  • NCN COMPOSITES
  • POWDERMATRIX PARTICULATE ENGINEERING
  • SMART MAT SMART MATERIALS
  • PACKAGING PACKAGING MATERIALS AND DESIGN
  • META 4 METALS AND ALLOYS
  • TECHNITEX TECHNICAL TEXTILES
  • MADE MATERIALS AND DESIGN

11. COLLABORATION EXCHANGE AWARENESS ADOPTION OF TECHNOLOGY LEVEL OF AWARENESS STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT FOR KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER THROUGH THE MATERIALS AND DESIGN COMMUNITY 12.

  • COMMENCED JAN 2006 NATIONAL LAUNCH
  • CURRENT MEMBERSHIP 6500 INDIVIDUALS/TARGET 13000
  • ACTIVE MEMBERS 1300 COMPANIES/TARGET 4500
  • ORGANISED 200 EVENTS TO DATE
  • DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS - 80

13.

  • Design/product development restricted by lack of materials understanding
  • New materials to provide new product opportunities
  • Materials for cleaner energy
  • Nuclear materials know-how needs to rebuilt
  • Energy efficiency in transport, construction, power generation, especially in regard to light-weighting and insulation
  • Efficient design with (new) materials making use of sophisticated design optimisation
  • End of life, re-use, recycle, life cycle analysis
  • Manufacturing efficiency energy, use of materials
  • Understanding nanomaterials and responsibly exploiting new opportunities
  • Materials for assisted living
  • Natural biomaterials
  • Materials for security sensors, armour, defence systems
  • Use UK materials know-how to access to new, higher value markets

The Materials KTN is stimulating innovation in the UKs materials community by helping to address: 14. Managing Regional Facilities 15. Team working across the Materials KTN Key cross-cutting themes SpecificsTheme Leader Sustainability - Resource efficiency for construction, transport, packaging - Use of design Robert Quarshie Bernie Rickinson Structural Integrity

  • - Application of smart technologies
  • non destructive testing
  • - Safe decommissioning

Deborah Pullen David Arthur Biomimetics - Development of SRA - Industrial application of technology Walter Lewis David Arthur Nanomaterials - Development of SRA - Industrial application of technology Patrick Grant Skills development KTP, Secondments, CASE Links Mat UK WG John LiddleMaterials for energy - Implementation of SRA - Engagement with investment initiatives Alan Patridge Materials for healthcare Cross-KTN initiatives Brian McCarthy 16. Building the Infrastructure for Polymers

  • Partnership with the British Plastics Federation 2 ndphase of subcontract being negotiated
  • Polymer IRC on board as Partner Foresight role: 5 workshops
  • Potential partnership with PERA visit to Melton Mowbray on 9/11
  • RDA study conducted for KTN provided input to Strategy
  • Strategy paperapproved by Board
    • Focus on Construction, Medical Devices and Waste/Recycling
    • Potential launch of Super SPARKS - 10K+, matched by RDA and Company
  • Promotion of the Polymer Innovation Network brand widely
  • New web portal launchedwww.polymerinnovate.net
  • Events ,Conferences, Exhibitions, TT visits to companies routine
  • 3rd Newsletter issued

17. Personnel

  • Colin Richards -Governing Board Chairman
  • Andrew Tinker - Chairman Development Committee
  • Robert Quarshie - Project Director
  • Jan Czerski -Technology Translator (N.England/Wales)
  • Sally Beken -Technology Translator (S.E., Rubber Technology)
  • Malcolm Harold -Technology Manager Plastics W.Midlands
  • Brian Turtle - Network Coordinator (to be replaced by Matthew Thornton, as Project Manager)
  • Business Innovator in Scotland engaged Graeme Noble
  • Potential additional resource: NI