Contract Research and Development

With a wide portfolio of subject areas and an integrated network of globally renowned colleges at the University of Birmingham there is a great deal we can do to meet the many and varied needs of your organisation. Find out about our latest contract research and development case studies below.

Teer Coatings Ltd

Teer Coatings Ltd, part of the Miba group, is a high technology industrial coatings company in Droitwich.With a strong culture of innovation, they are investing more than 10% of turnover in R&D.

They are collaborating with University of Birmingham physicists and chemical engineers and investing in Birmingham’s cluster beam technology to increase high-value exports. The company is also diversifying into fuel cell technology to be ‘hydrogen economy ready’.

European Exhausts & Catalysts Ltd

European Exhausts & Catalysts Ltd is a family run business, manufacturing aftermarket catalytic converters. The company has collaborated with the University of Birmingham across a number of R&D projects.

The company is investing substantially in R&D for the first time and working with the University of Birmingham on nano-enabled catalysts. Results are expected to deliver a cost reduction of 20% and profit increase of 100% from this work.

Microcab Ltd

Microcab Ltd is a West Midlands automotive start-up, originally focused on light-weighting. In collaboration with the University of Birmingham they have created a hydrogen fuel cell demonstrator and are currently employing a team of nine, to manufacture road-legal hydrogen vehicles.

Over the next two years the company will be bidding for £3-5m of venture capitalist investment and is planning to build 500–1,000 hydrogen fuel cell cars.