International metals, industrials and engineering group Liberty House has signed a multi-million-pound partnership with the prestigious research centre, the Materials Processing Institute, designed to accelerate the growth of the business through innovation.
The group, which is already the UK’s fastest-growing industrial enterprise, with 5,500 employees, aims to use the MPI’s world-leading technical and scientific expertise to help it develop advanced manufacturing processes and a new generation of products across its plants in the UK and Australia.
The landmark deal will see the flagship North of England-based innovation centre provide a range of research services to the steel industry giant to help achieve its GREENMETAL vision for competitive, low-carbon, steel and aluminium production.
The institute will help deliver large scale operational efficiency improvements, as well as product and process capability enhancements to Liberty’s operations.
The agreement covers three major research programmes to support the growth and development of the Liberty business.
One programme is targeted at Liberty’s Speciality Steels business, based in Stocksbridge, near Sheffield in the UK, which will benefit from a research programme to enhance capability of super high-quality engineering and aerospace steels.
Jon Bolton, chief executive of Liberty’s UK steel division (pictured above, right, with MPI CEO Chris McDonald) said: “Metal production is a tough, competitive market, but we intend to play an increasingly prominent role in the sector by developing high-value-added products using the most efficient, low-carbon and integrated processes.
“Through this exciting contract for innovation, the Materials Processing Institute will play a key role in helping us to achieve that.
“We have already developed a productive working relationship with the Institute and we are delighted to formalise this into a partnership that we believe with forge major new growth possibilities for the business.”
The Materials Processing Institute is an independent, not-for-profit, UK based research and innovation centre, working with industrial clients in advanced materials, low carbon energy and the circular economy.
McDonald said: “We look forward to applying our expertise to enabling the global Liberty businesses to be at the forefront of new technology and to provide a tangible and immediate financial benefit for its business.
“This agreement is further recognition of the Institute, not only as the leading centre for steel innovation in the UK, but as a highly sought after and valued partner for the global steel industry.”