Materials Processing Institute

Materials Processing Institute is an Open-Access Technology Centre serving organisations which work with materials, materials processing or energy. It specialises in challenging processes, particularly those involving high temperatures, hostile environments and high specification materials.

Services provided include:

Provision of Process Support.
Using experience with large items of process plant and equipment operating in hot and hostile environments, the Institute provides forensic insight into complex process and plant problems.

Materials and Metals Industry Consultancy.
Provided in support of both process and product developments across the full Materials and Metals industry supply chain. This includes the provision of a range of relevant pilot and demonstration facilities that enable clients to evaluate and demonstrate new process or product developments and to test new materials and equipment.

General Pilot and Demonstration Facilities.
Fully serviced space is available, both indoors and out for large and complex pilot process equipment that allows clients to reduce the risks associated with product and process development away from the risks and pressures of production.

Iron and Steelmaking Process Technology.
With roots in the Iron and Steel industry, the Institute offers process support and technology development to a number of the world’s steelmakers and equipment suppliers.

Supporting Science.
Complementing the services above, the Institute has extensive capabilities in mathematical or physical modelling; thermodynamic modelling; mineral, metallurgical and analytical laboratories, and associated techniques and technologies.

The SME Technology Centre.
Helps SMEs in the sector to grow by providing a tailored package of support. The support is offered throughout the supply chain, ensuring that suppliers and customers can benefit from access to enhanced capabilities. Assistance includes technical support (e.g. engineering expertise, scale-up, process improvement, technical mentoring), facilities support (e.g. equipment access, piloting, lab space, accommodation) and business support services and signposting (e.g. grants, networks, potential partnerships).