The new team will work on projects including controlled release glasses, bio-ceramics and new drug delivery materials, new methodologies to reduce water used in product/manufacture and sustainability in the built environment, and on technologies for the reduction of energy consumption in the manufacture of ceramics, bricks and tiles. It will also conduct research in its medical materials sector, which had a turnover of £1 million in 2009.

“This is an exciting time for us,” said Tony Kinsella, chief executive at Ceram. "We are leading the way in materials innovation and, to increase the speed at which we can do this, we’ve invested heavily in new people and new equipment.  I expect us to be making additional comments about further exciting developments at Ceram and its subsidiaries in the coming months as we carry on making our area a real hub for the development of materials for industrial exploitation.”