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The Midlands Engine initiative aims to boost economic growth across the region through enhanced trade and investment.

This is your chance to join a Midlands-wide trade and investment mission, led by Make It Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire in partnership with the Department for International Trade Staffordshire at two overseas technical ceramic events in 2017.

The objectives are to:

Strengthen the Midlands’ unique selling point as being the UK home for advanced materials and in particular, technical ceramics

Generate and attract foreign direct investment to the region

Encourage Midlands’ companies to showcase their products and expertise in the sector whilst exploring and maximising the US and Chinese export markets.

Advanced materials includes composites, certain polymers, specialist alloys and technical ceramics – the latter alone is a sector with an estimated global value of €21 billion and is expected to increase by a massive 66 per cent by 2020.

It is arguably one of the fastest-growing sectors as technical ceramics are frequently being used to replace metals, polymers, and refractory materials in a wide variety of applications due to their notable high temperature capability, strength, and electrical properties.

All user industries like automotive, aerospace, energy and medical rely on ceramic technologies for these very reasons.

This is an ideal opportunity for business development in two of the world’s largest economies, meeting innovative companies and decision-makers who set the agenda for ceramic manufacturing and applications as well as potential investors from key user industries looking to exploit the Midland’s advanced materials expertise.

For further information on how to take part please click here

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