(PRWEB UK) 5 January 2012
Sustainable manufacturing and growth in the UK’s process industries are to be stimulated through government investment of up to £5 million in innovative research and development.
The UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board (http://www.innovateuk.org) is to award grant funding to support business-led feasibility and collaborative R&D projects that will lead to the development and commercialisation of innovative approaches to sustainable manufacturing for the process industry.
The competition opens on 27 February 2012 and the Technology Strategy Board will be seeking proposals for projects that will develop innovative approaches in areas such as:
- Changing batch to continuous processes;
- Novel catalysis;
- Innovative heat management or input in process;
- Solvent free reactions or use of novel solvents;
- Process measurement and analysis.
Sustainable manufacturing is of critical importance across the full range of process industries, including sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, coatings & lubricants, food & drink, oil & fuel, mining and construction materials. In such sectors there is a drive for faster, more effective product design and manufacture in order to become more globally competitive.