The Henry Royce Institute focuses on lightweight materials and structures, biomaterials and materials designed for reuse, recycling and remanufacture. The institute was established in 2015 with an initial £235 million government investment through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The UK’s new Business Secretary, Grant Shapps, has visited the Henry Royce Institute, Manchester/UK, to seal the 2nd phase of R&D investment in the institute of £95 million. Fibre Extrusion Technology Ltd. (FET), Leeds/UK, had previously installed its FET-200LAB wet spinning system at the University of Manchester site.
This wet spinning technology enables fibers to be derived from sustainable wood pulp to produce high quality apparel and trials are now underway to perfect this process. FET is a leading supplier of laboratory and pilot melt spinning systems, having successfully processed more than 35 different polymer types in multifilament, monofilament and nonwovens.
»R&D investment is a critical way to turbocharge Britain’s growth. Growing an economy fit for the future means harnessing the full potential of advanced materials, making science fiction a reality by supporting projects from regenerative medicine to robots developing new recycling capabilities, right across the country. Today’s £95 million investment will do just that, bringing together the brightest minds across our businesses and institutions to help future-proof sectors from healthcare to nuclear energy. «