Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute.
Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute.

The Materials Processing Institute says that it has been awarded £22 million by the UK government to deliver a five-year research and innovation program to improve the country’s steel and metals sector.

The Institute will reportedly focus on increasing productivity and transforming environmental sustainability. Its projects include:

Carrying out research and innovation into low carbon, electric and hydrogen based steelmaking, scrap recycling and new processes to allow UK steel to transition to a sustainable, green industry.

Developing technologies in SME supply chains, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, to increase productivity and product capability.

Developing new technologies for the extraction and recycling of rare metals, such as lithium and cobalt, in the UK.

‘Steel and metals are foundation industries essential for Britain's manufacturing success and sovereign capability,’ said Chris McDonald, CEO. ‘Innovation is vital to ensure that our country retains a technological lead, improves productivity and enables us to meet carbon reduction targets to protect our planet for generations to come.’

This story uses material from the Materials Processing Institute, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.