Evaluation of Midlands Advanced Ceramics for Industry

This project is in collaboration with SQW Ltd undertaking an evaluation of as part of University of Birmingham contribution to the Midlands Advanced Ceramics for Industry 4.0 programme.

The university is a member of the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG) was established in 2020 to ensure advanced ceramics help drive the competitiveness and success of Midlands advanced manufacturing by tackling key innovation challenges.

MICG was successful in securing £18.27 million in government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund (SIPF). Membership of the MICG is made up of blue-chip companies and SMEs including Rolls-Royce, JCB, Morgan Advanced Materials and Lucideon - as well as the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, and Loughborough.


Research Theme 3

Regional Innovation Ecosystem


The evaluation aims to answer the following questions:

  • To what extent, and how, the programme working at project level and being delivered as intended and what delivery lessons have been learned?
  • To what extent, and how, has the programme supported innovation-led regional growth and increased the competitiveness / potential of business clusters to innovate and adopt new technologies?
  • To what extent, and how, has programme enhanced local collaboration, building on the regional impact role of local institutions?
  • To what extent (and how) has the programme delivered knowledge and societal impact?
  • Has the programme provided value for money?


Project Lead Contact Details: George Bramley and Rebecca Riley

Project Support Contact Details: Elizabeth Goodyear

Publications and Downloads

Advanced Ceramics- An Industry of the Future

March 2021 - Ben Brittain, George Bramley, Anne Green, Chloe BIlling and Rebecca Riley. 

This report was compiled by City-REDI and builds on an industrial consultation completed by themselves and SQW in 2020, which revealed that no other UK region has the equivalent mass of advanced ceramics specialist suppliers, end users and researchers.

The report, for the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group, highlights the global opportunities presented in the rapidly growing industry, the 28-page document sets out the fundamental importance of advanced ceramics to the performance of high-tech sectors worldwide.

It also gives an insight into the wealth of knowledge and key strengths already in place across the Midlands, and how the region is uniquely placed to tap into the significant growth opportunities globally.


WMREDI is funded by Research England and the WMREDI partnership

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