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Manchester prepares to promote graphene to Indian corporates

22nd October 2018

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A delegation from Manchester, led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), is travelling to India to promote the use of graphene ahead of the opening of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Institute (GEIC) in December.

Representatives from MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, and Graphene@Manchester will attend to promote the opportunities available to Indian corporates at the events hosted on 24 and 25 October in Pune and Bangalore. These events will showcase how Indian businesses can leverage Manchester’s advanced manufacturing research and innovation assets and build on Prime Minister Modi’s economic strategy to “Make in India, Innovate in Manchester”.

Watch: Graphene – the world’s first 2D material

Consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms graphene has been nicknamed the “wonder material” thanks to its impressive properties: 200 times stronger than steel, the world’s most conductive material, flexible, transparent and impermeable. Its properties have captured the attention of scientists, researchers and industry worldwide particularly around its use as a lightweight material.

The UK government recently nominated Manchester as offering a high value opportunity to prospective investors around lightweight materials. This is due to the city’s expertise in both in graphene and light alloys as well as its location at the heart of an automotive and aerospace cluster. The lightweight materials opportunity is expected to be worth £32.2 billion globally throughout the next four years in the transport sector alone.

A strong lightweight materials offering adds to an existing world class cluster of advanced materials research assets and companies. Manchester is already home to the Henry Royce Institute – the UK’s Centre for Advanced Materials, the BP Centre for Advanced Materials alongside research programmes in our four universities.  This unique combination of assets means the city is the perfect location for innovation around lightweighting as well as surfaces and coatings.

To find out more about the Manchester’s strengths in advanced materials click here.

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