Materials Accelerator

Materials Accelerator

Description

The Materials Accelerator is a multi-materials research and development programme that aims to transform New Zealand’s manufacturing sector through R&D partnerships between industry and researchers, using a co-operative R&D model. The programme has received nearly ten million dollars of government funding over four years (2009-2013). The intention is to build a national network of materials researchers that will create value for innovative New Zealand companies.

Expertise

The Materials Accelerator is a multi–materials research and development programme that aims to transform New Zealand’s manufacturing sector through R&D partnerships between industry and researchers, using a co–operative R&D model. The programme has received nearly ten million dollars of government funding over four years (2009–2013). The intention is to build a national network of materials researchers that will create value for innovative New Zealand companies.

Objective

We aim to transform New Zealand’s manufacturing base by establishing multi-materials research platforms and a prototyping facility for manufacturing materials so as to enable materials-based NZ manufacturers to develop high-value products for global markets.

If your company is a materials-based manufacturer with a vision for developing higher-value products for new export markets, we’d like to hear from you.

Research Focus

The focus of the Materials Accelerator is on working with companies to develop high–value export products that incorporate multiple materials, such as plastics, metals, composites, ceramics, conducting polymers, bio–materials, and coatings. Some technologies will be sufficiently advanced to be commercialised within the next four years. Other technologies that have potential for outstanding returns (but are medium–term commercialisation prospects) will also be supported.

Unique Capability Proposition

We can help innovative manufacturers understand how particular materials perform in combination, how to combine materials to give superior functionality, and how to redesign their processes. Our modelling and virtual prototyping capability reduce the time and expense of physical prototyping.