Green innovation

The West Midlands Technology Network (WMTN) has assisted businesses improve their environmental credentials whilst supporting the West Midlands economy.


The West Midlands Technology Network (WMTN) has assisted businesses improve their environmental credentials whilst supporting the West Midlands economy. The network enables companies to develop products, establish new markets and reduce their carbon footprint.

WMTN helped one company in the region solve the problem of the UK plastic hanger jungle, whilst another allows councils to recycle all household plastic rubbish. On company creates building materials from waste bottles.

The WMTN is a collaboration between Wolverhampton University, Coventry University, Birmingham City University, Staffordshire University, Walsall College and Coventry City Council. It is part-funded by the European Union with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The WMTN provides small and medium sized firms with hands-on support and access to technology and specialist skills which helps them to develop new product offerings.

Speaking at a special event for government ministers, MPs and advisors in Westminster the minister for science and innovation, Ian Pearson, said: ‘The WMTN is an example of how companies can be supported in developing smart high-tech ideas that are both commercially successful and provide environmental and social benefits. Engaging with the west midland’s universities and centres of excellence provides great opportunities for companies working with new green technologies to bring new jobs and prosperity to the region.’

WMTN spokesperson Dr Anthony Robotham added: ‘Much of the innovation driven by small firms is now in green technologies, and this is where a specialist network like the WMTN is so important in both being a source of knowledge, but also having the practical know-how to make sure new products are created and have a market.’