Polymer partnership will provide 'cutting edge' research

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The University of Sheffield’s Polymer Centre and the Leeds Metropolitan University-based Faraday Centre for Retail Excellence have teamed up to offer high-end, 'cutting-edge' materials science research to retail and consumers goods sectors.

The partnership will link companies with the University of Sheffield’s Polymer Centre and its contract polymer research and development spin-out, FaraPack Polymers Ltd. Research will ultimately help companies dependent on product packaging and presentation overcome the challeneges they face.

Faraday, a specialist technical consultancy, will simultaneously create and manage collaborative projects.

Professor Steve Armes, director of the Polymer Centre and FaraPack Polymers, said the project aimed to undertake research of the “highest scientific excellence with genuine, large-scale economic and societal impact”.

As part of the agreement, the Polymer Centre and FaraPack will offer free, expert technical assessments to Faraday clients and assist them with new product development, existing manufacturing processes and other technology and training opportunities.

Professor Cathy Barnes, director of the Faraday Centre, said she was “extremely pleased to have established strong links to the world-class polymer science and engineering expertise at the University of Sheffield”.

“Our predecessor organisation, Faraday Knowledge, was a co-founder of FaraPack Polymers and we have always maintained personal links between the teams”, she added.

“Now that we have moved to Leeds Metropolitan University, our increased focus on brands and consumers makes a formal partnership with a technology group of the Polymer Centre’s profile a mutually beneficial proposition,” she said.