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University in £5m Plastic Research Deal 

Warwick University has linked up with a leading plastics company in a £5 million research programme.

The Government is to fund a Faraday Plastics Centre, which will be run in partnership between the Warwick Manufacturing Group and Rapra Technology Ltd, a leading independent research and technology organisation specialising in polymers - a form of plastic.

The partnership will work on developing the next generation of plastics and plastics handling.

£2.2 million of the funding will come from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Further funding, from EU and other sources, will add a further £3 million to this total.

Faraday Centres are part of a new Government initiative to bring industry and academia closer together to create a more competitive industrial base for the UK.

The new centre will focus on four main themes of collaborative plastics research - design, processing, durability, and recycling of plastics.

At the same time a programme of Faraday Associate student fellowships will allow Small and Medium Enterprises to involve undergraduate and postgraduate students in their research and development efforts.

The centre will also provide a "help-desk" website allowing SMEs to access the latest research and techniques.

Dr Phil Extance, Rapra’s chief executive, said:

"This reinforces the value of the plastics industry and its key role in new product development in applications ranging from mobile phones to biotechnology."

Professor Kumar Bhattacharyya, Director of the Warwick Manufacturing Group said:

"We are delighted to have forged this partnership with the plastics industry in collaboration with Rapra.

"This partnership will bring a new impetus to the plastics industry and help to generate future success.

"We look forward to taking the industry to new heights in an increasingly global market place."

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CWN / Education / University of Warwick / 28 Jun 00

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