Why do materials matter?

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Superior products begin with great materials. Our experts can help select or develop the materials you need to give your products a competitive edge when it comes to performance and/or functionality.

Whether you’re seeking to improve an existing product, or develop a new one, we can help you make the right material choices. 




Choosing the right material for the job is essential


It’s not always easy to find the right material for the job.

A change in material – or the development of a new material – can mean lower production costs, increased efficiency, new or better products, and greater customer satisfaction. 

Our work on extracting CO2 from burning emissions using heated limestone to enhance plant growth in greenhouses is an example of how investing in materials technology and process improvement can reap huge commercial opportunities.

Our experts have developed a process that can recover clean CO2 from the burning of wood chips and then release it into the greenhouse. It’s a technology that can be applied to most greenhouse crops, and the global market opportunity is estimated at $800 million a year. Read more.

Our scientists and engineers provide a full range of services including materials selection, materials characterisation, product specification, mechanical testing, process optimisation, product improvement and new product development.

We could help make your products lighter, smarter, stronger and/or cheaper.

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Materials Selector Starter Service

The Starter Service is the easiest way to accelerate your materials selection process. Our materials specialists bring deep knowledge to the table and will rapidly assess an application or product and recommend the right material for your needs. Find out more about leveraging our materials expertise here.



Our expertise can be applied to enhancing products across a wide range of industries and product types, including:

  • Food products
  • Construction and architecture
  • Packaging
  • Agriculture
  • Paint and coatings
  • Personal care
  • Infrastructure
  • Consumer goods
  • Medical equipment
  • Marine
  • Aerospace
  • Lighting
  • Sensors
  • Automotive and rail
  • Heavy machinery
  • Electronics

There's more to materials than you think


The science of materials is constantly evolving. Find out how the latest developments could benefit your business: