10 reasons we chose to grow in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK
1. Long and rich history in advanced ceramics
2. Great research institutions for R&D in and around Stoke
3. Employment base well-trained at leading, nearby universities
4. Outstanding quality of life in Staffordshire
5. A population that likes manufacturing
6. Programmes from the UK government to encourage technology and manufacturing
7. HMRC tax incentives for seed and follow-on investors
8. Attractive growth equity access (strategic alliances with other manufacturers, VC funding, London Stock Exchange AIM)
9. A patient and encouraging economic development team in Stoke-on-Trent
10. Excellent transport links: Central location in the UK, 4 international airports, Stoke to London in 85 minutes, direct access to UK motorway network.
Since the 17th century, the Staffordshire area has been almost exclusively known for its industrial-scale pottery manufacturing. Names like Royal Doulton, Spode, Wedgwood and Minton come to mind in the production of such high quality wares. Methodical and highly detailed research and experimentation, carried out over many years, nurtured the development of artistic talent throughout the area and raised the profile of the Staffordshire Potteries.
English potters financed their experiments to create new or improved ceramic bodies and glazes, competing fiercely to gain an advantage and to focus intensely on the needs of an international marketplace. By 1859, the Staffordshire potteries were fully mechanized operations serving the mass consumer. The Industrial Revolution had transformed England into an engine of production and demand, and the craft of pottery making had become big business.
Advanced ceramics today
MEMPRO Ltd. started in 2015 with the introduction of ceramic nanofibres at the forefront of an industry that can and will affect improved catalytic processes, composites, sensors, energy storage, advanced filtration, not to mention the amazing possibilities of tissue repair in the human body!
The growth of MEMPRO Ltd. will be partly financed locally—in the Staffordshire Region—much like the English potters who financed their businesses to gain a competitive edge, while maintaining secret processes that endured for several centuries. Like the potters of the 17th. century, MEMPRO Ltd. is now developing new, unique functionalities for nanofibres using intellectual talent at major UK companies and universities. MEMPRO Ltd. is now located in Longton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, which has an extensive history of technical excellence in ceramics; we are collaborating with the University of Manchester, with their excellent nanofibre programme.
New and growing markets
As reported on Dublin’s Business Wire (February 18, 2016), “the global nanofibre market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 24.12% during the period 2016-2020.” The customers that will demand high quality nanofibres include industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Batteries & Energy Storage, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Production, Instrumentation, Sensors and Biomedical Products.
The best of manufacturing and marketing
MEMPRO Ltd. is the result of years of research and development in producing tiny fibres embedded with even tinier particles of catalytic metals. We have focused on expensive catalytic metals : platinum, palladium and rhodium used in treating engine exhaust.