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Chris McDonald, chief executive officer of the Materials Processing Institute

The Materials Processing Institute in Middlesbrough has been awarded £22m by the Government for a five year research and innovation programme to increase productivity in the steels and metal sector.

Projects include carrying out research and innovation into low carbon, electric and hydrogen based steelmaking, scrap recycling and new processes to allow UK steel to transition to a sustainable, green industry.

The Institute will also develop and commercialise technologies in SME supply chains, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, to increase productivity and product capability.

A not for profit organisation, the Institute has worked with global steel and materials industries, including Tata Steel, British Steel and Liberty Steel, to deliver research and innovation in advanced materials, low carbon energy, the circular economy and digital technologies.

Chris McDonald, chief executive officer of the Materials Processing Institute, said: “Steel and metals are foundation industries essential for Britain’s manufacturing success and sovereign capability.

“Innovation is vital to ensure that our country retains a technological lead, improves productivity and enables us to meet carbon reduction targets to protect our planet for generations to come.

"This investment recognises the world leading expertise at the Institute to support UK industry and environmental sustainability.”







Susie Haywood
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