Could area become advanced materials HQ?
A CITY deal could see innovative products like new non-stick coating on kitchen pans invented and made in Staffordshire.
Leaders want to create a multi-million pound, privately-funded research centre to design the 'advanced materials' of the future – and have them manufactured in the region.
Three major international universities are understood to be backing the project.
Advanced materials are scientifically-enhanced versions of traditional resources which lead to new uses or extra efficiency.
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They outperform existing materials with superior properties like extra strength, durability or flexibility.
Examples of successful advanced materials include Teflon – a form of plastic which is used as a non-stick coating for kitchenware, as well as in some industrial pipework, windscreen wipers and even stain-resistant carpets. Kevlar is used to make mountain bike tyres which are lightweight but puncture proof.
A plethora of advanced materials – including special ceramics – are used in surgery to create artificial limbs, joints and body parts which will last a lifetime without being rejected by the body.
The multi-billion pound advanced materials industry currently has no designated world centre.
Basing it in Staffordshire could kick-start the development of business parks which will offer cut-price energy bills and new road links.