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Knowledge Transfer Network Chemistry Innovation

Chemistry Innovation Annual Report 2012/2013

Growing the UK economy through Chemistry


Chemistry Growth Strategy Group


Open innovation


Our approach


Delivering growth


Case study

Sustainable manufacturing for the process industries

Driving value Case study Leading IB: A UK showcase

Special Interest Groups

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Case study Graphene workshop


Case study Opening the door to Bio-Economy

Chemistry Innovation in Europe Looking Forward The New Innovation Strategy The year at a glance Measures of success Team Photo




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Growing the UK economy through Chemistry Chemistry contributes to the activities of many industries. It is core for industries which manufacture chemicals, either bulk or specialty and for the pharmaceuticals industry. Other industries depend to one extent or another on chemistry as they carry out their own business. Those that manufacture products such as agrochemicals, coatings, lubricants and home and personal care products could not do this without the use of chemistry and chemicals. Industries such as aerospace, automotive, construction and energy generation rely on the use of chemistry to manufacture the products they sell. This use of chemistry could be in the form of machining fluids, waterproofing additives, protective coatings or

photovoltaic converting cells. Further along the chain, users of these manufactured products use more chemistry enabled materials to drive the engines, lubricate the gear boxes and clean the home. We refer to these industries collectively as the chemistryusing industries.

Graeme Armstrong Chairman of Chemistry Innovation President and Managing Director Surface Chemistry and Country Director for North America AkzoNobel

The chemistry-using industries generate over £440bn in sales from UK manufactured output and £195bn in gross value added (GVA). Furthermore, chemicals manufacturing shows regular surplus on overseas trade. As well as its significant contribution to the UK economy, chemistry promises to contribute to solving some of the great challenges facing our world.

‘The Industry’ £195bn*


The Chemical Sciences

Chemical Manufacture Process Technology Product Development Application and Formulation Skills

*Gross Value Added 3

Chemistry Growth Strategy Group “The activity of the recently formed Chemistry Growth Strategy Group identified Innovation as critical to the growth and future of the UK.� Graeme Armstrong.


The UK’s chemistry value

Establish a Chemistry Growth Partnership

chains will continue to be the leading industrial contributor to the national economy, through accelerated innovations and targeted growth initiatives in a competitive business environment.

Chemistry will contribute to coping with changing demographics and increasing world population. It will be the enabler in providing the energy demands and essential resources for the people of the world while limiting the impact of their activities on the environment. Activities of the chemistry-using industries have a big role to play in the UK and in the world with significant opportunities for innovation. Chemistry Innovation plays a key role in accelerating the innovation agenda. With the capability of the organisation continuing to develop and the success of the programme to date, the future is bright. We look forward to the next 12 months as we deliver our activities in the context of the broader Chemistry Growth Strategy.


Securing competitive energy feedstock supplies Endorse the establishment of an open-access innovation centre for formulated products

Rebuilding the UK chemistry supply chain

Chemistry solves some of the great challenges facing our world: Lighter materials (structural, interior, and electronics) can reduce aircraft weight Electronic devices to enhance flight management

Bio-based fuels to increase renewable content

Stronger adhesives


Flame retardants for safety Lightweight materials for body, drive train and trim

Lubricants and additives for efficient engine running

Lubricants and additives to enhance engine efficiency and reduce adverse emissions

Nutraceuticals for better wellbeing


Electronics for better engine management and navigation

Heat insulating, storing and releasing materials and systems


New science and technology enabling production of chemicals with high atom efficiency and minimal waste

More efficient lighting

Biotechnology based processes

Waste as a feedstock

Chemical Manufacturing

Clean and economical carbon capture and storage

Coatings for decorative effect and structural protection Non-renewable sources Reaching inaccessible oil New sources such as shale oil Renewable sources Clean burn and carbon capture Bio-based Materials for wind power generation Photovoltaic cells for solar Energy generation Nuclear Technology and capabilities to support the new build programme

generation & supply

Generation & distribution models Centralised versus distributed Energy storage and release to balance natural generation and demand load

Better diagnostics to target treatments where most effective

Scalable and flexible manufacturing processes enabling manufacture close to supply or market

Business models to incentivise recycling and extracting value from waste

Low carbon materials enabling faster construction and maintenance at lower cost Electronic devices and systems for better energy management

Life Sciences

Systems enabling care and diagnostics in the home

Clean energy: battery, fuel cell, solar

Bio-based fuels

On-site solar power generation

More pharmaceutical actives, chemically and biologically derived, delivered more effectively Regenerative medicine to Personal care enable organ products to look and limb and feel better regeneration longer

Alternative catalysts reducing or replacing scarce metals

Cost savings and environmental benefits through energy and water efficient processes

Products with demonstrably better carbon footprint and with recovery or recycling built in More sustainable and “green� products with increased renewable content

Consumer products

Using science-based formulation for rapid design of new products

Faster re-formulation with alternative ingredients, e.g. nanomaterials, to give novel effects and increase speed to the growing global market 5

Open innovation

This is a well published topic not always well implemented. The opportunity is to activate your open innovation plans when your business culture and the innovation opportunities are ready to accept the challenge.

Innovation is not what it once was. It was once the province of a department, with a clear remit: new product development. Today, it’s everywhere. It concerns the whole value chain from products and services, processes, technologies, business models, pricing plans, routes to market, and even performance management practices. The main messages on open innovation imply that bottom-up innovation is best. I believe that the most successful approaches actually combine bottom-up with top-down. Innovation depends on the interplay between direction and empowerment. Besides framing the innovation challenge, top management also plays a vital role at the other end of the process, in deciding what needs to be discontinued. Companies can’t “do it all.” It is only by saying ‘no’ that companies can concentrate on the ideas that are really important. Of course, this raises the tricky issue of maintaining the energy of those whose ideas are turned down. How their contributions are acknowledged will be crucial factors in keeping the ideas coming.

Don’t leave it too long! Carol Boyer-Spooner, CEO Chemistry Innovation

The big question is, are you ready for an open innovation culture? Do you have a strategy ready to go? Are you open to innovation internally? Can you be flexible in managing intellectual property? Have you had any successes to celebrate and build from?

What to consider: Wrap your services around your products (or vice versa) Turn products into solutions Collaborate with universities to help drive science based innovation Co-create innovation with your customers Use openness to get more from specialisation Build platforms to attract others to your solutions

Sponsors Chemistry Innovation Limited was formed in 2006 with the support of the Technology Strategy Board, The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).


The professional societies appoint senior members of their organisation to serve on Chemistry Innovation’s Board, a body that provides governance and policy oversight in respect of Chemistry Innovation’s activities. In addition the RSC and IChemE work in partnership with Chemistry Innovation.

Pentagon Chemicals regards its relationship with the University of Manchester as a key step in moving towards Open Innovation. Alastair Lloyd, Commercial Director, Pentagon Fine Chemicals Ltd said:

“as an ambitious technology based company looking to expand its range of products and services, partnering with Manchester will enable Pentagon to not only develop its knowledge of sodium dispersion chemistry but gain valuable insights and introductions into potential new applications, markets and customers, opportunities that would have remained hidden to an SME without the close collaboration of a leading centre of excellence” Alastair Lloyd, Commercial Director, Pentagon Fine Chemicals Ltd

The Technology Strategy Board is Chemistry Innovation’s main source of funding, supporting our core Knowledge Transfer Network activity and associated programmes, including Industrial Biotechnology and Materials Security.

Our Approach

Chemistry Innovation works to identify and drive projects and collaborations across sector boundaries, bringing together industry and academic professionals whilst establishing partnerships with other organisations to provide a national support framework.

Our mission is to stimulate product and process innovation, delivering growth for the UK chemistry-using industries.

Sitting between the worlds of business and science, we connect you through our network of over 7000 people and get involved in projects at any stage, from initial chat to market success.

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collaborative projects Engaging with Chemistry Innovation on European projects helps get results – with 100% success rate of submissions led by us and 70% success rate where we were a partner.


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Delivering growth DELIVERED

Chemistry Innovation’s Strategy for the chemistry-using industries (published June 2010) continued to direct where we placed our focus during 2012/2013. This strategy will be superseded by the 2013 Innovation Strategy Report (see ‘Looking


Forward’ on page 24). For the past year we have been driving impact through the framework of strategic deliverables that were born out of the 2010 document.


Ensure that the chemistryusing industries are well represented within the High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Establish a step change uptake of Industrial Biotechnology (IB) across the Chemistry-using sectors, driving a response to the £12bn opportunity for the UK

Establish a centre in sciencebased formulation that will increase penetration in global markets for UK-based companies




Influenced the Technology Strategy Board High Value Manufacturing Strategy through the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) study – ensured that key process manufacturing competencies were included (Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology, Formulated Products, Scaleable Technologies etc.)

BBSRC competition for academic networks launched, undertaken in partnership with EPSRC, Technology Strategy Board and Industrial Biotechnology Special Interest Group (IB-SIG). £15m will fund up to 10 networks plus proof of concept studies

Developed a hub and spoke model, a physical centre within the HVM catapult connecting to an alliance of delivery spokes

Collaborated with The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to define and build industry projects

Fourth annual High Value Chemicals through IB call (£2.75m investment); doubling of the number of proposals to 45

Developing a strategic portfolio of projects with, and prioritised by, companies

CPI established as the focus for the Process Industries within the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (with over £30m public investment)

Supported the CPI National Industrial Biotechnology Facility (NIBF) now operating at capacity

Estimated initial investment of £14m Targeting a core set of 5 or more strategic members

Influenced the scope of £6m Technology Strategy Board and EPSRC funding call for collaborative projects

Evidenced revenues from total biotechnology in the UK exceeding £4bn Estimated turnover growth rate for IB at 15% per annum, employment growth at 21%

The Opportunity

Case study Helping the UK formulation sector access their slice of global success. Recommendations from Chemistry Innovation-led Special Interest Group (SIG) triggers multi million pound funding call from the Technology Strategy Board (£5m) and EPSRC (£1m).

Formulation is worth £180 billion to UK industry every year, and is part of a growing global market worth approx £1 trillion. Consumers are increasingly demanding novel, more sustainable products; creating significant opportunities across formulation sectors, including coatings, personal care, agrichemicals and medicines. Formulation is a key competency within the Technology Strategy Board’s High Value Manufacturing Strategy. In July 2012 they launched a national group to stimulate innovation in the formulation industry, helping UK businesses better exploit the developing opportunity.

Chemistry Innovation’s Role Chemistry Innovation led the Formulation Special Interest Group (SIG), using their expertise to drive greater cross-sector collaboration and knowledge transfer through activities, which included: 1. Delivering a business plan for a UK National Formulation Centre that can provide open access to novel research capability, ensuring that the successful design, development and manufacture of formulated products remains in the UK 2. Stimulate collaborative R&D projects in formulation through partnership-building workshops.




Work with industry to establish where smarter chemistry-based technology can deliver cleaner, more effective manufacturing processes

Exploit the Sustainable Design Guide to link chemistry with downstream market opportunities

Drive the intelligent use of strategic materials through life cycle based approaches across the supply chain




Supported the Technology Strategy Board 2012 “Sustainable Manufacturing for the Process Industry” call – 17 proposals funded (budget increased from £5m to £7m), 90% success rate for proposals supported by Chemistry Innovation Co-ordinated industry steer to EPSRC Dial-a-Molecule Grand Challenge – three projects funded in February, £1m each

Delivered workshop programme through RSC and IChemE partners Re-designed and updated web resource using ‘SharpCloud’ Delivery of company workshop to three lead companies, underway

Strategic deliverable completed – continue to promote and exploit

Giving industry steer for new Catalysis Hub – core investment of £13m

Formed Materials Security Special Interest Group and first phase delivered (led by Chemistry Innovation with Environmental Sustainability and Materials KTNs) Published report highlighting innovation opportunities arising from materials security issues influenced the availability of £10m for two Technology Strategy Board collaborative R&D competitions, five projects addressing recycling or substitution of strategic materials Promoted £1.25m pilot competition to encourage new product designs for a circular economy

Ongoing dissemination of new process technology and its benefits

Secured €3m project to define and advise R&D priorities for subtitution and to stimulate new collaborations

Results and looking to the future The Formulation SIG activity drew to a close in April 2013 and successfully produced a business plan for a hub and spoke centre due to be active from April 2014. In addition to this, following recommendations from the Formulation SIG, the Technology Strategy Board announced that it will be offering £5m funding for collaborative formulation R&D projects – the first major investment from the Technology Strategy Board in formulation since being identified as a strategic competency.

“Given the global market opportunity, we need to secure the UK’s position as the leading environment for formulation activity. Recommendations made by the Formulation SIG, led by Chemistry Innovation, are incredibly valuable to ensure that the successful design, development and manufacture of formulated products by companies large and small remain in the UK.” Malcolm Hannaby, Lead Technologist, High Value Manufacturing, Technology Strategy Board

Delivering Growth Continued For more details on any of the European projects below see page 23.

ONGOING Deliver our European project commitments, building credibility and profile within a broader network

Deliver the Regional Objectives



Coordinating three European projects; PILLS (completed), CRM_InnoNet and BIOCHEM BIONEXGEN- Dissemination lead Innomatnet-Linking materials research with Design KYROBIO – Dissemination lead COOPOL – Dissemination and Exploitation lead BIOTIC – UK input into Roadmap Active in developing the SPIRE roadmap for the UK Continued the link with SusChem (the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry) to enable us to understand the changing landscape regarding European support for innovation.



The Chemistry Industries Association and Chemistry Innovation are working in partnership to step change the industry interface via the Chemistry Growth Strategy Group which includes the regional input and interface. The new mechanism has been established. In the interim we maintain our relationship with each cluster organisation on a one to one basis. Liaison with local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) on specific activity including Liverpool City Region LEP on formulation.

DELIVERED Review the Key Stakeholder Forums to ensure continued impact and focus

Impact Reviewed membership and incorporated academics onto the new Innovation Strategy Board (ISB) - covering the Chemistryusing sectors and academic experts: Ensuring that the stakeholders stayed engaged - the validation and communication of a single voice representing innovation for the UK chemistry-using industries; Built the links between industry and academia and addressing generic obstacles to collaboration; Communication with Government and funding bodies to support the development of a coherent landscape for public support for our industry; Linking to other sectors in the value chain of the Chemistryusing Industries, Connecting to the finance landscape, bridging the “valley of death.”

Case study Support from Chemistry Innovation leads to funding success for 90% of companies. Process industries enjoy £7m to develop sustainable manufacturing practices.

The Opportunity Process industries worldwide are under increasing pressure to streamline their manufacturing practices to develop products in a sustainable way. To make sure that the UK process industry – from bulk and fine chemicals to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology – remains globally competitive, the Technology Strategy Board launched the Sustainable Manufacturing for the Process Industry funding call in 2012.

“Chemistry Innovation’s understanding of the call details was invaluable as we developed our application and really did help our success in securing the funds our collaboration needed to pursue innovation in manufacturing processes. The support and advice you provided throughout the process was much appreciated and particularly helpful” Robin Wilkes, Business Director, Pharmaceuticals & Fine Chemicals, PhosphonicS

Chemistry Innovation’s Role The Technology Strategy Board collaborated with Chemistry Innovation to develop the call, relying on their knowledge of industry need, companies operating in this area and the work of relevant research institutions. This encouraged the chemistry-using industries to develop and commercialise innovative approaches to sustainable manufacturing. Chemistry Innovation provided support to projects at both stages of the funding call, from small scale feasibility studies to large scale collaborative R&D (CR&D) projects. This involved identifying suitable projects, bringing the right organisations together and supporting partnerships during the application process.

Results and looking to the future When the call was launched, the Technology Strategy Board anticipated funding up to 9 proposals. However, due to the high number of quality proposals received, funding was successfully awarded to 17 projects. 9 out of 10 projects supported by Chemistry Innovation received a combined total of £7m funding – over half the available public funding. Projects included partners from Johnson Matthey, Syrris Limited, Scionix Limited, Dynamic Extractions, Akzo Nobel, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), PhosphonicS, Perceptive Engineering Limited and Yorkshire Process Technology Limited.


Driving value The potential economic impact of Chemistry Innovation’s project portfolio over the next 5 to 15 years is in excess of £1.3bn. This estimate is based on historic data and takes into account ‘what would have happened anyway’, potential negative effects on competitors as well as positive impacts on the supply chain, local area and the expected duration of the benefits. Figure 1 shows the

cumulative growth in impact potential of the project portfolio since 2007, compared with the investment value. On average a 7 fold return on public investment is expected to be achieved, ranging from a conservative estimate of 2 fold for Research Council funded projects to 12.6 fold for Technology Strategy Board funded collaborative R&D projects. Chemistry Innovation continues to create new collaborations and secure funding to drive further economic growth in the chemistry-using industries. To date, we have helped our member organisations secure 196 projects with a combined value in excess of £241m.

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Cumulative growth in impact potential of growth portfolio

Leveraged Funding 2006-2013


Particular highlights of 2012-13 include: Creation and delivery of the Formulation Special Interest Group to develop a business plan for a UK Centre for Formulation (more details on page 15); Creation of the Materials Chemistry Special Interest Group - due to become operational in 2013/14 (more details on page 19); Development of a suite of projects to deliver a step change in sustainable manufacturing for the process industries (3 feasibility studies and 9 collaborative R&D projects with a combined investment value of over £7m);

National 17%

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European 21%

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Case study

2012 2013 Potential Impact

How Chemistry Innovation supported the first steps to commercialisation for Alsitek’s latest technology Michael Reid, Director, Alsitek

The Opportunity At Alsitek, we develop mineral polymers as sustainable replacements for plastics. They consist of long chains or cross-linked chains of atoms made of aluminium and silicon, rather than carbon and so offer a high performance, low cost replacement for a wide range of oil-based materials. 12


We saw a gap in the market within the construction industry for a replacement to traditional, plasterbased material that is used for fire-proofing. This unsustainable fibre-based material is highly labour intensive to source but vital to provide the fire safety of a building. We proposed to develop a solid fire-proof foam that could be used to fill cavities posing a fire threat, but needed funding to research and develop this innovative new technology.

Industry 16%

Academic Institutions 3%

Securing UK involvement in major European projects that will: develop a European roadmap for Industrial Biotechnology (€2m); drive innovation in the substitution of critical raw materials (€3m) and deliver a step change in sustainable synthesis and process technology for the pharmaceutical industry (€26m) Working with EPSRC to consolidate the knowledge based in the fields of sustainable chemical feedstocks, catalysis and recovery of e-waste.

Funding to support the project portfolio has been leveraged from a range of sources as shown in Figure 2. We continue the move towards strategic, higher value projects. Figure 3 shows the change in the composition of the project portfolio, comparing our second period of operation (2010 – 2013) with the previous term (2007 – 2009). The increase in the share of higher value projects within the portfolio is clear. It is important to highlight however, that it is desirable to maintain a number of small projects within the portfolio as we seek to enable companies to demonstrate the feasibility of ideas that have the potential for future development.

An illustration which demonstrates the myriad of roles that Chemistry Innovation undertakes:

Understanding and Promoting Funding Group Webinars and Events

Project Eligibility

Advice and guidance Signposting

Partnering Priority theme guidance Partnering events

Proposal Development Project assessors Economic Impact/Sustainability tools Project Management / Dissemination Role as project partner Network of over 3000 businesses

Strategy Development chemistry-using industries strategy Figure 3:

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Chemistry Innovation’s role We understood that Knowledge Transfer Networks were useful business resources, helping to connect companies with funding and engaged Chemistry Innovation in a visit to Alsitek in 2012. It was during this visit that Chemistry Innovation highlighted the New Designs for a Circular Economy funding competition. Through this call, the Technology Strategy Board offered grant funding for feasibility studies into the re-design of products, components and systems to help improve the resource efficiency of UK companies and contribute towards a resourceefficient, low-carbon economy. Chemistry Innovation encouraged us to apply for funding through this competition to develop our fire-proof foam. As a small company, applying for grant funding can be a daunting process and Chemistry Innovation played an integral role in interpreting the competition details and proposal requirements to our team.


Results and looking to the future

Chemistry Innovation reviewed several stages of our proposal and made constructive comments about areas where we could strengthen our submission. As a result, Alsitek successfully secured £25,000 for a 3 month feasibility project to develop fire-proof foam. The study will be an integral stepping stone in the commercialisation of a hugely fascinating idea for product design and the clear advice and support from Chemistry Innovation has been an important part of our success. 13

Case study

Results and looking to the future

The Opportunity A report in 2009* estimated that the global Industrial Biotechnology (IB) market is at least £150bn by 2025 – with the UK’s potential share at £12bn. IB uses biobased materials, including plants, algae and micro-organisms, as sustainable routes to chemical production. The technology can help to create cheaper, greener products across UK sectors including chemicals, renewable energy, food, materials, and health. The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) is the body tasked with catalysing UK innovation and commercialisation of IB to make the most of the global opportunity.

Chemistry Innovation’s role In January 2013, the IBLF hosted ‘Leading IB: A UK Showcase’, an event designed to review how far the UK has come in IB innovation and production and set out the strategy and future plans to 2015. Chemistry Innovation and Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Networks – which form the delivery arm of the IBLF – used their industry-wide networks to bring together over 250 industry leaders, academics and policy makers from across the UK and Europe to showcase success in the field to date.

“Industrial biotechnology is a very promising area of science that could provide greener solutions for many important sectors, like manufacturing and life sciences. Through investing in research and working with industry we can harness the UK’s expertise in this area to drive growth and create jobs” David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science. Quote featured in BBSRC’s announcement of £40m funding to boost research in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy


Supporting the UK’s largest Industrial Biotechnology Showcase. Chemistry Innovation brings over 250 industry leaders, academics and policy makers together to accelerate new technologies and access £150 bn market.

Businesses, technology providers and a wide range of other stakeholders from across sectors showed how they have harnessed IB to drive innovation in established industries that typically rely heavily on petrochemicals and chemical catalysis. Attendees enjoyed the wide range of novel applications IB can support including a fishing rod developed from carrots and a potato-based, fully biodegradable Union Jack. The event also looked towards IB’s exciting future. Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts announced £40m of funding to boost research in IB and Bioenergy. The funding will create networks between academics and industry to collaborate on IB research. Chemistry Innovation will continue to work with Biosciences KTN to drive forward collaborations, secure further funding and advance this important technology.

*Quantitative Modelling of Industrial Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals, Aurthur D Little, May 2009

Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) build on existing Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs) to exploit areas of emerging technology or market opportunity. They do this by generating new communities, producing detailed analyses of the opportunities for the UK and informing future Technology Strategy Board action.

Chemistry Innovation leads or participates in the following SIGs: Formulation, Industrial Biotechnology, Materials Security, Materials Chemistry, and Surface Engineering and Advanced Coatings.

SIG Formulation Special Interest Group The context In response to expressed industry demand, Chemistry Innovation announced in its annual report in 2011 that the establishment of “a centre in science-based formulation that will increase penetration in global markets for UK based companies” would become one of its top ten deliverables. Following the launch in 2012 of its strategy for High Value Manufacturing, the Technology Strategy Board asked Chemistry Innovation to set up a Special Interest Group (SIG) for Formulation.

providing clear recommendations. The Formulation SIG was a deliberately time-limited activity and ran between July 2012 and March 2013.

About the group The group was to be chaired and guided by industry in order to advise on future public co-investment of innovation in formulation. The approach was taken to build on earlier consultation work to guide and advise on future activities by

A critical mass of key stakeholders, particularly an industry leadership group, which buys into and owns an overarching ‘Action Plan for UK Formulation’.

Achievements 2012/13 The Formulation SIG succeeded in delivering its remit of: A full proposal for a national formulation centre. A national formulation centre business plan and industry-led project consortium.

A suite of potential collaborative R&D projects/consortia and an associated project building programme translatable into the national centre.

A final SIG report with recommendations for follow-on activity. The SIG also encompassed several additional related areas, in particular advising the Technology Strategy Board on a £6m collaborative R&D competition in formulation as well as supporting and communicating relevant ongoing activities in skills and training for formulation. Looking forward Building on the recommendations from the SIG activity, the national centre will be delivered by the Centre for Process Innovation as part of the Technology Strategy Board High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre. Chemistry Innovation will continue to work with relevant stakeholders, including industry and university partners, to drive the creation of the centre to be operational by April 2014.


SIG Industrial Biotechnology The context Industrial Biotechnology (IB) is one of the key enabling technologies that will allow us to effectively strive for global sustainability whilst responding to an opportunity that will help position the UK economy with a competitive advantage during the decades ahead. The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) is directing the UK’s undeniable strength in fundamental biotechnological research and working to drive industrial awareness, deployment and effective exploitation of these technologies. The UK is recognising this opportunity and, through the work of the IB-SIG, is working to leverage this strength to become a leading global location from which to realise business benefit from the successful application of industrial biotechnology. About the group The IB-SIG otherwise known as the delivery arm of the IBLF, is the resource that manages the implementation of the IBLF’s strategy, working alongside key stakeholders under a number of key themes.


Achievements 2012/13 2012 saw the first phase of the IBSIG activity completed and further investment from the Technology Strategy Board was secured to the end of January 2015. Highlights of the year include: The number of company engagement visits exceeded 100. 98% of these companies requested follow-up support and over a quarter received at least one introduction to a potential collaborative partner. Investment of ~£2.75m from the Technology Strategy Board in feasibility studies and collaborative R+D projects that are working to generate high-value chemical products through IB and renewable feedstocks. The delivery of a series of ‘Leading IB’ events that attracted over 500 attendees. This included the highprofile Showcase event in January 2013 during which an additional £40m of funding for IB was announced by David Willetts, Science Minister. A new report authored by Jonathon Porritt was published, Sustainable Returns: Industrial Biotechnology Done Well, which highlights that IB represents a huge opportunity for sustainable growth in the UK, and lays out a list of policy and industry mandates to ensure it achieves this in an environmentally sound way.

Looking forward Over the next 2 years focus will continue on company engagement, including an emphasis on deeper, more strategic relationships, and increased clarity on the specific opportunity areas for the UK. We will also: Provide increased resource to the specific development and support of IB projects, maintaining existing connections and identifying new opportunities; Increase visibility and access for business to science. Supporting and utilising the development of a suite of IB networks along with our partners BBSRC, EPSRC and the Technology Strategy Board; Raise the profile of IB to broader scientific and nonscientific communities. Building upon the report from Jonathon Porritt, we will generate opportunities to publicise the technology, our progress and the commitment from Government, in the UK and wider European arena. Our vision going forward is that the emergence of IB processes into UK industry is increasing and gaining its own momentum as we progress towards the £12 bn opportunity for the UK by 2025.

SIG Materials Security The context Components comprising platinum group metals, rare earth elements and other critical raw materials are essential to UK manufacturing, particularly for clean energy options like wind turbines, solar cells, electric vehicles, and energy-efficient lighting. Key UK industrial sectors such as chemicals, automotive, aerospace and electronics depend on scarce materials. The issues and opportunities arising from materials security have a clear potential impact for the UK and Europe. Successfully addressing these global market opportunities will provide significant commercial advantage and economic benefits for UK companies during the coming decades. About the group Chemistry Innovation led the delivery of the Materials Security Special Interest Group (MatSIG) in partnership with the Environmental Sustainability KTN and Materials KTN. It has raised the profile of materials security issues within Government, publically funded bodies and business, and identified top level innovation opportunities. Achievements 2012/13 2012 saw the first phase of activity completed. Highlights include:

Identification of innovation opportunities and catalysation of the first nuggets of business research and development in this area. Working with a large selection of external stakeholders and experts, the MatSIG has produced a report that highlights the innovation opportunities arising from materials security issues. In the first resource security CR&D competition funded by the Technology Strategy Board, 6 of 12 successful projects had a materials security theme. Increased awareness of the topic with a variety of stakeholders in Europe, UK Government, industry and academia. The MatSIG has grown a solid core community of members and developed a rich resource of information through the website. Interaction with the community is impressive with events well attended and news articles and documents attracting a readership of several hundred. Influenced policy in Europe and the UK. In Europe, inputs through the SIG have helped shape an Innovation Platform in Raw Materials that aims to secure access to raw materials by promoting innovation along the entire value chain. In the UK, the MatSIG has worked with the Technology Strategy Board, the Department for Business, Innovation

& Skills (BIS), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and WRAP to build coherence and influence thinking. The Resource Security Action plan (from DEFRA) is now published with the MatSIG playing a key role in its development and implementation. Developed new collaborations. As a result of the actions of the MatSIG, a number of significant new collaborations have been instigated. These include i) a significant EU project (â&#x201A;Ź3m) focussing on network development and policy recommendations regarding the substitution of critical raw materials. This will be coordinated by Chemistry Innovation with Environmental Sustainability KTN as a partner, ii) collaboration with the NHS for the development of its Sustainability R&D programme, iii) collaborations with European Agencies that fund Resource Efficiency programmes and iv) development of new actions with specific market sectors (e.g. the Lighting Association). Looking forward The second year of operation for the SIG will be used to build collaborations within the UK and to position the UK to benefit from the unprecedented investment proposed by the European Commission in the field of raw materials and the circular economy. 17

Case study

Working in partnership with Europe and industry to reduce reliance on critical materials. Chemistry Innovation coordinates a network of academics and industry leaders to influence future European policy

The Opportunity European Chemical and chemistry-using industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics and construction, depend on critical raw materials (CRM) – economically important materials with unreliable supply chains. The EU has named 14 socalled critical raw materials that are important to the European economy but which have supply chains that are potentially liable to disruption. If Europe does not increase supply or reduce demand, it will have adverse economic impacts on commercial competitiveness. The high market demand for these materials, or for suitable alternatives, is creating exciting innovation opportunities for chemistry based industries.

Chemistry Innovation’s role Chemistry Innovation is involved in a number of innovative partnerships to reduce reliance on traditional CRMs. One solution is to develop substitutes and Chemistry Innovation has been selected to coordinate CRM_InnoNet, a Europe-wide network launched to drive innovation in this field and make policy recommendations going forward. Chemistry Innovation is inviting participants on all sides of the issue – including technical people from industry, materials scientists, chemists, physicists, academics, professional bodies and policy makers – to join a series of workshops and an online portal to identify substitution challenges and opportunities. 18

Results and looking to the future CRM_InnoNet activities will feed into a roadmap and set of policy recommendations which will be developed from October 2013 and presented to the European Commission, with a view to setting the future policy. At a national level, Chemistry Innovation leads the Materials Security Special Interest Group, alongside the Materials and Environmental Sustainability KTNs, to explore the innovation opportunities that arise from materials security issues and to promote new business collaborations. Catherine Joce, Project Manager at Chemistry Innovation, says: “The issue of critical raw materials affects a very diverse community. Chemistry Innovation’s network draws many different disciplines together to collaborate in a constructive environment. We believe this will play a vital part in shaping the research and innovation environment to enable future development of substitutes to help address the problem of materials scarcity.”

SIG Surface Engineering and Advanced Coatings The context A recent study showed significant market opportunities for surface engineering and advanced coatings in the aerospace, transport, healthcare and energy sectors. It demonstrated that the UK has considerable capability, in terms of the presence of supply chain players and technology provision, to develop distinctive competitive advantage for UK manufacturing. The study recommended that three priority areas need addressing: Move to a predictive design concept for surface engineering systems; Development of a range of bioactive surface solutions, such as antibacterial and antifouling coatings; The application of surface engineering solutions in several areas of energy generation, particularly renewable energy technologies. About the group This SIG will be led by Materials KTN with Chemistry Innovation as an active partner. It will analyse both technologies and market needs. This will recommend specific areas where Technology Strategy Board investment will help UK manufacturing realise the large market opportunities from the application of surface engineering and coatings. Looking forward The SIG secured funding to start in 2013.

SIG Materials Chemistry

The context Materials chemistry research has a vital role in enabling innovative breakthroughs in materials and product functionality in multiple industry sectors. There is a requirement for the knowledge base to support industry growth through collaborative research and to help bridge the “valley of death” innovation gap identified in the HVM Strategy (20122015). Connecting the needs of industry to research capability is a particular challenge given increasingly fragmented industry activity and high entry barriers to building and maintaining expert capabilities. About the group Chemistry Innovation has driven the formation of the Materials Chemistry SIG which will be led by The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC), working with both Chemistry Innovation and Materials KTNs. The SIG will be chaired by a senior industrial representative, and with representation from other industry, the Technology Strategy Board and the KCMC management team. Industry representation includes supply chain leaders, manufacturers of chemicals and materials, and knowledge intensive SMEs. The activities of the SIG include: Creating a Strategic Plan for Growth Broaden our network, establish greater market intelligence and identify priority industry/market areas for development. Work with priority area experts, companies and the knowledge base to identify opportunities for materials chemistry research to drive new manufacturing innovation in the UK.

Develop strategies to deliver the capabilities required to address these opportunities (including addition of new Research Institution partners and new companies to the KCMC, new joint programmes with other centres of excellence and KTN initiatives, and building/exploiting capability within the KCMC). Deliver Strategic Expansion of KCMC Introduce new research institution partners to identify “best fit” to the strategic plan. Facilitate integration of new Research Institutions into the KCMC. Connect with the wider UK Innovation Landscape Proactively connect with UK based knowledge intensive SMEs (and overseas companies proposing inward investment in the UK) seeking access to materials chemistry research capabilities. Provide flexible materials chemistry research resource in selected expertise to facilitate delivery of short projects (duration < 1year) with timescales appropriate to target industries. Work with KTNs to raise awareness of capabilities, connect to new opportunities and promote and publicise the impact of successful interdisciplinary materials chemistry research. In addition, the SIG will help establish KCMC as the contact point for interfacing of Catapult centres with materials chemistry research expertise in the knowledge base. It will advise the Technology Strategy Board on new materials research opportunities for future collaborative research programmes and ensure leverage of European Collaborative Research funding for materials chemistry research. Looking forward Funding has been secured to start in 2013. The first meeting of the Materials Chemistry SIG will be in June 2013.


Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC) The KCMC provides a new approach to overcome challenges in new materials innovation and ensure a connected innovation journey from TRL 1-7. KCMC builds on the leadership skills of academics and industrialists, and brings them together in a coherent organisation with clear management accountability. This comprises an Industry Steering Group chaired by a senior industry representative, an industry experienced, independently

managed knowledge transfer team and flexible industry aligned research resources within the partner research institutions.

From launch in 2009 with four research institution partners, KCMC’s track record in the past 4 years has established the scale of the opportunity:

Active areas within the technology pipeline for KCMC include:

Secured over £12m contracted industry projects Made over 500 proactive industry engagements Flexibly resourced delivery of short industry projects <1 year duration Won five major European collaborative research projects and a further three currently in second stage review. Created 15 industry case studies highlighting the role of materials chemistry innovation

Over the past four years the approach has developed to address the needs of diverse companies drawing together the research interests of SMEs through to major multinational corporations. KCMC has opened up new businessUniversity collaboration on industry

New materials in nanoscale coatings for optics and for power electronics Sensors for improved health monitoring Modelling of formulated products New materials for fuel cells Next generation materials for superconductors Novel materials for displays New environmentally friendly cross linking technologies for coatings New catalyst materials for sustainable supply chains


time scales, and provides a dynamic technology pipeline applicable to a variety of industry sectors. The KCMC has now moved outside its initial phase of start-up funding and committed to the expansion of the number of Research Institution partners in order to provide wider industry innovation, new strategic opportunity, fill gaps in capability and move towards a more sustainable business model.

Between April 2012 and March 2013 KCMC research partners have contracted materials chemistry projects to the value of £2.8m. KCMC is increasingly working with other KTNs and Catapults to deliver the widespread exploitation of materials chemistry across manufacturing industry with new links to Materials and Nano technologies. Major investments in the knowledge base announced in the past year will underpin future collaborative research in the development of new materials, with a total value in excess of £100m, including: The National Graphene Institute The Materials Innovation Factory The Hartree Centre The EPSRC Catalysis hub

Case study The UK has an extremely strong science base in graphene. However, the major challenge is how the chemistry-using industries capitalises on this leading position to capture value from its use in a wide range of applications. A workshop organised by Chemistry Innovation, The University of Manchester and the KCMC explored the potential applications for graphene by the chemistry-using industries and identified a number of major product innovation opportunities. These include composites, barriers, surface modifications and membranes. The workshop highlighted two main areas that need to be addressed: 1. The determination of most useful product format(s) and the selection and development of the processes for their production with the characteristics required for key applications. 2. The development of the use of graphene for the applications of major interest to the Chemistry â&#x20AC;&#x201C;using Industries. Chemistry Innovation is currently working with a number of stakeholders to determine the best way to address these challenges and a Special Interest Group may be a good way forward.

Case study Opening the door to the Bio-Economy Chemistry Innovation links companies with funding to commercialise new technologies

The Opportunity Industrial biotechnology (IB) includes the use of biological substances for the processing and production of chemicals. IB can help the chemical industry move away from a dependency on fossil resources to a bioeconomy based on renewable and biological substances. It has the potential to develop new, efficient, and sustainable ways of satisfying a significant proportion of our chemical and material needs and could drive the development of new bio-based products to improve health and nutrition, and reduce energy and water usage. To encourage new companies to adopt and explore IB processes, the Technology Strategy Board opened the Sustainable High Value Chemical Manufacture through Industrial Biotechnology competition in October 2012.

Chemistry Innovationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Role

The competition offered feasibility and collaborative R&D funding for businesses to develop novel IB processes and derisk the exploration of pilot and demonstration scale assessment. Chemistry Innovation is the delivery arm of the Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) alongside the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network. Through the IBLF, companies were engaged and encouraged to respond to the funding opportunity.

Results and looking to the future Chemistry Innovation provided support throughout the proposal process including advice on project scope and proposal review to maximise a companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances of being successful. Eight out of ten companies supported by Chemistry Innovation successfully received funding. The number of proposals received by the Technology Strategy Board doubled from previous competition years and can be attributed to the engagement activity undertaken by the IBLF. As a result, the Technology Strategy Board will be opening a new competition worth ÂŁ2.5m in Autumn 2013.


Chemistry Innovation worked with companies to help them understand the relevance of IB technology to their business, such as using a renewable, biobased feedstock to produce a speciality chemical. Chemistry Innovation also played a key role in consortium building by organising partnering events, identifying collaboration partners and making introductions between academics with the scientific knowledge and the businesses with the technology to make them happen.

Chemistry Innovation in Europe 2012-13 has seen Chemistry Innovation continue to influence the future funding topics in Europe. It ensures that these topics are aligned with the needs of UK

European Technology Platforms Our close association with SusChem, the platform for Sustainable Chemistry, has been the major avenue for linking with the European Commission (EC) and for partnering with organisations in other parts of Europe. Due to our increased contact with other sectors, both upstream and downstream of chemicals, we have also developed links with the platforms on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP-SMR), Manufacturing (Manufuture) and Materials (EuMaT). Chemistry Innovation manages the interface between SusChem and the National Technology Platform, SusChem UK. This provides an excellent vehicle to connect with European organisations through their corresponding National Platforms (SusChem Deutschland etc.). Consequently we can identify the best collaboration partners in those countries for specific projects and also share good practice between Member States.

European Innovation Partnerships European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) represent a relatively new approach to EU research and innovation. They are challenge-driven, focusing on societal benefits and a rapid modernisation of the associated sectors and markets. Their purpose and mode of action is built around providing analysis and advice to the EC on where intervention would produce the maximum benefit for industrial growth. Chemistry Innovation is formally contributing to the strategy being developed by the EIP on Raw Materials. Our focus is particularly on substitution of raw materials which are critical and potentially scarce by alternative materials or technologies.

industry and then encourages and supports companies to prepare and launch successful bids for projects. As Europe prepares to change from the previous Framework 7 programme (FP7) to the new regime of Horizon 2020, there has been an opportunity for Chemistry Innovation to be involved with some new initiatives:

Public-Private Partnerships Three Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) were established in response to the European Economic Recovery Plan (2010 – 2013) in the themes “Factories of the Future”, “Energyefficient Buildings” and “Green Cars”. A number of new PPPs are now about to start so that funding calls will emerge in 2014 at the start of Horizon 2020. These include: SPIRE – Sustainable Process Industries through Resource and Energy Efficiency

Current European Projects Chemistry Innovation participates in European projects as a partner where there is a clear alignment with our strategic priorities. We are currently working in the following European projects: Innovation Project:

Enabling SMEs to innovate in the bio-based product market through the development of tools, networks and targeted events (funded by DG Enterprise, Project Co-ordinator) Co-ordination & Support Action Projects: Projects designed to utilise expertise across Europe to analyse complex issues and report to the Commission, highlighting where the major opportunities and barriers exist, and therefore where public intervention can create positive impact.

BRIDGE – Biobased and Renewable Industries for Development and Growth in Europe IMI – Innovative Medicines Initiative Chemistry Innovation is working with all three of these new PPPs (as well as the already established “Factories of the Future” partnership). We actively participate in two of the work groups of SPIRE, developing the roadmap and the programme topics for funding calls. We have also carried out a UK SPIRE roadmapping activity for the Technology Strategy Board aimed at defining UK industry’s priorities and aligning Technology Strategy Board and European funding programmes. The first calls under Horizon 2020 are anticipated in January 2014, including those associated with specific PPPs. Chemistry Innovation will play a major role in supporting and encouraging UK industry to take advantage of those calls which fit with their long term needs for research, development and innovation.

To identify barriers to innovation in the bio-based products market and recommend actions and policies (FP7)

To identify innovation opportunities from substitution of critical and scarce raw materials in specific applications, and recommend actions and policies (FP7, Project Co-ordinator)

To link materials chemistry capabilities with product designers in a variety of business sectors (FP7) Research & Development Projects:

Next generation of biocatalysts for the production of bio-based chemicals and materials (FP7)

Producing chiral intermediates through industrial biotechnology (FP7)

Developing continuous process technology for polymerisation (FP7) 23

Looking Forward

The New Innovation Strategy As this Annual Report goes to print, Chemistry Innovation is in the process of developing the innovation strategy for the next 5 years, forming a major element of the Chemistry Growth Strategy as mentioned on page 4. The main purpose of the strategy is to identify the major business growth opportunities for the UK chemistryusing industries, and the requirements for technologies and other new developments to support and nurture these opportunities. We can then identify the key themes and topics where there is potential for value-adding intervention to support companies in building new sustainable business. The strategy is being developed through extensive consultation with some of the downstream sectors that have been identified by BIS as critical to the future growth and prosperity of the UK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; specifically: Aerospace Automotive Construction Energy Generation and Supply Life Sciences Food Home & Personal Care Chemical Manufacturing

All of these sectors depend on products of the chemistry-using industries and so their future developments can be translated into potential innovation opportunities. Three focus areas (illustrated below) have emerged from this exercise where it is evident that intervention would accelerate the pace of innovation and help UK companies to collaborate within and across sectors, delivering growth to the UK. In order to achieve the desired growth, activity within these focus areas must meet a couple of prerequisites. - It must be based on sustainability principles such that the outcome can generate growth without threatening limited resources or causing objectionable damage to our world. - It must be developed and protected in a way which provides a compelling advantage to the UK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; unlikely to be incremental development effort which can be easily replicated by others. The three focus areas will be:

2 Smart Manufacturing

Raw Materials for the 21st Century including renewable feedstocks, unconventional oil and gas and scarce metals and minerals


Smart Manufacturing Processes including chemical processes, biological transformation and resource efficiency

3 Design for Functionality

Design for Functionality including novel materials, formulated products and design for a circular economy Work is now beginning to develop detailed plans and actions to progress these topics over a three-year period between 2013 and 2016.


The year at a glance During 2012/13 there has been many funding opportunities relevant to the chemistry-using industries from a number of organisations. Chemistry Innovation has provided support to help companies access those of greatest relevance. Some of these are highlighted in the figure below.

Key Funding for the chemistry-using industries: Sustainable Manufacturing for the Process Industries, Technology Strategy Board, July 2012

Sustainable Chemical Feedstocks, EPSRC July 2012

Catalysis Technology Hubs, EPSRC July 2012

Framework 7 programme, European Commission, September 2012

High Value Chemicals from Industrial Biotechnology, Technology Strategy Board, November 2012

New Designs for a Circular Economy, Technology Strategy Board, November 2012

Technology Inspired Innovation, Technology Strategy Board, December 2012

Materials Innovation for a Sustainable Economy, Technology Strategy Board, March 2013

Materials and Manufacturing Northwest Launchpad, Technology Strategy Board, March 2013

Key Events in Chemistry Innovation Calendar: Materials Innovation for a Sustainable Economy launch event date March 2013

Leading IB series of events March through December 2012

10th SusChem Stakeholder Event April 2012

Franco-British Workshop on Strategic Critical Metals June 2012

FP7 Knowledge Based BioEconomy Webinar for 2013 Calls June 2012

BIOCHEM Accelerator Forum Germany, Frankfurt June 2012

Chemistry Innovation Stakeholder June 2012

First Annual Meeting of the Dial-a-Molecule Network July 2012

Webinar: Sustainable Manufacturing Mission to China October 2012

European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology 2012 (EFIB) October 2012

Formulation Project-building workshop series starts October 2012

Leading IB - A UK Showcase January 2013

The BIOCHEM Accelerator Forum London January 2013

Partnering event - New Designs for a Circular Economy Competition November 2012 and March 2013


Measures of Success 2012/2013

2009/10 Actual

2010/11 Actual

2011/12 2012/13 Actual Forecast





£0.9 m


1. 1 Number of Organisations







1.2 Number of Individuals







2.1 Event Contacts







2.2 Number of companies assisted







3.1 Number of projects *







3.2 Number of people involved *







4. P roject Leveraged Funding *








£735 m

£1,100m £1350m £1350m




Technology Strategy Board Grant

2012/13 2013/14 Actual Target

1. Market Connections

2. I ndustry Interaction

3. Collaboration

Potential Value Generation Return on Investment





* Cumulative figures since 2006


The Team

From left to right: Catherine Joce Rajesh Mistry Alison Buckley Simon Rushworth Darren Ragheb Steve Fletcher Colin Tattam

Graeme Armstrong Chairman

Maureen Laughton Mark Burke Nabil Zahlan Mike Holmes Mark Woof Janet Sanger Stuart Brown Rebecca Wood Lorna Miller Claire Claessen John Conti-Ramsden Frank Harasiwka Carol Boyer-Spooner Kelly Fahey (no photo)


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