Industry Insights from our Audience of Advanced Materials Experts: Where is Change Coming?

Thousands of attendees joined our digital Knowledge & Networking event in December 2020 and we were lucky to have a lively audience who were enthusiastic about the interactive elements bringing them into the live conversations. One key takeaway from this was a series of polls asking industry peers where they saw the greatest opportunities and challenges facing the sector in 2021 and beyond.  You can find two examples of these below.

Our panel suggested this question to spark a conversation about how much people, businesses and governments might be willing to pay over the odds when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of products. The R&D, scale up, material and production costs for biofriendly materials is not insignificant and commercially they have to turn a profit for business to be able to make them. However the majority of the respondents felt that 1-10% was a reasonable amount to spend over the odds for a more environmentally friendly product in their own personal lives. The suggestion here was that the same might run true for aerospace customers; there needs to be a careful balance between finding cost efficient AND sustainable materials that are also up to the stiff requirements of the aerospace end user – and herein lies the challenge.

Attendees from across the advanced materials sector felt that the cost of raw materials and the regulatory landscape both posed the biggest concerns. Given the dual impact of the pandemic and for the UK, Brexit. These concerns were naturally front and centre in 2020, it will be interesting to update this poll in the summer to see whether these concerns have diluted or become more sharply in focus.

The Advanced Materials Show and Ceramics UK will be taking place on 7th & 8th July 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. A free-to-attend conference alongside the exhibition will discuss innovations set to break the mould and the established tested technology making an impact in crucial areas including: additive manufacturing/ 3D printing, composites and polymer developments, materials sustainability and environmental impacts, production timelines, commercialisation and investment, technical and traditional ceramic advances, coatings and surfacing techniques alongside input from end users, including organisations in the battery, aerospace, healthcare, automotive, electronics and energy sectors. 

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