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NEWS 16th January 2017

World’s lightest mechanical watch revealed thanks to graphene

An ultralight high-performance mechanical watch made with graphene is unveiled today in Geneva at the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie thanks to a unique collaboration. The University of Manchester has collaborated with watchmaking brand Richard Mille and McLaren F1 to create world’s lightest mechanical chronograph by pairing leading graphene research with precision engineering. The…

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“Manchester has a real pull for businesses to come and set up here.”
David Emery
IBM Vice President for General Business North

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Manchester is the birthplace of innovation. A place that dares to dream new ideas and challenge convention. World-class universities where Nobel Prize winners mix with global businesses to create new products. From science labs to industrial workbench, Manchester is the perfect location to research and design, develop and test new products and services.

Research and development starts with an idea, something that we have plenty of. The University of Manchester has a global reputation for being at the forefront of innovative and enterprising research. The breadth and depth of pioneering research means that Manchester is a magnet for world-class minds, with more working Nobel Prize winners based here than any other British university. The results of the latest Research Excellence Framework (RER 2014) confirmed that The University of Manchester had smashed the ‘Golden Triangle’ of research universities traditionally dominated by Oxford, Cambridge and London, and is well on the way to becoming one of the top universities in the world. Manchester offers the greatest breadth of research in the country with more than 100 subjects covered in 16 institutes with 37 dedicated research facilities.

The University of Salford also achieved an impressive set of results in the REF 2014, with 90% of its research being ‘internationally recognised’ and 50% of their research was world leading or internationally excellent. The University’s investment in high quality research facilities over the past decade fosters innovation and creativity and reflects Salford’s focus on real world research and development. Salford’s facilities include The Research Hotel and Digital Media Performance Lab both in the unique setting of MediaCityUK.

Industrial R&D centres are in evidence across the city-region, with new projects such as Siemens’ plans to bring a number of key R&D projects to Manchester in particular around environmental technology and renewable energy. Other recent investments include a new R&D centre for ENER-G, a global leader in clean technology a University of Manchester spin-out; a new £26m innovation and production centre at consumer goods giant PZ Cussons; and IBM who chose to base their systems software development laboratory here.

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