R&D projects could improve process industry sustainability

Seventeen UK companies, universities and research organisations are to share more than £7m of government funding to undertake research that could lead to the development and commercialisation of innovative approaches to sustainable manufacturing for the process industry.

The Technology Strategy Board and the EPSRC will invest in 17 major research and development (R&D) projects that will develop process technologies to improve sustainability in a range of sectors, including food and drink, chemicals, construction and aerospace.

The total value of the R&D, including contributions from the participating companies, will be in excess of £14m.

The collaborative R&D projects will be led by C-Tech Innovation, the Centre for Process Innovation, Dynamic Extractions, Environmental Pulp Products, GlaxoSmithKline, Imerys (UK), Imperial Chemical Industries, Industrial Microwave Systems, Johnson Matthey, Perceptive Engineering, PhosphonicS, Plant Integrity, Procter & Gamble Technical Centres, Scionix, Syrris, Unilever and Yorkshire Process Technology.