The Materials Processing Institute (MPI) has strengthened its ties with one of the UK’s largest steel producers, British Steel, following a visit by its executive chairman.
Roland Junck was given a tour of the Materials Processing Institute’s Middlesbrough campus by its CEO Chris McDonald, which included the institute’s specialist metals research laboratories and pilot plant facilities.
The MPI signed a landmark multi-million pound contract last year to provide innovative research and development for British Steel’s high-value rail and construction products.
The visit also highlighted the MPI’s long history of steel research and development and how it is supporting the steel industry as a whole, through implementing new technologies and innovations in processes and materials to optimise performance and efficiency.
McDonald said: “The Materials Processing Institute has enjoyed a longstanding research partnership with British Steel and its predecessors, so it was a great honour to welcome Roland to tour our facilities.
“We are proud to be credited by British Steel for our research and developments in rail and wire products, as well as supporting them with significant productivity improvements to help drive environmental sustainability in steel production.
“We have continued to invest in our infrastructure and high calibre researchers, who have a strong understanding of the steel market and its requirements, which has allowed us to be at the forefront of technology advances and improvements.
“I am looking forward to continuing our work with British Steel and building on this strong relationship.”
Junck added: “Research and development is central to the long-term sustainability of British Steel as it is vital we embrace new technologies to continually improve the quality of our products and our manufacturing operations.
“We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Materials Processing Institute and seeing their highly skilled team in operation gives me even greater optimism that we can not only continue to meet the needs of current customers, but of future ones as well.”