Materials technology company Ceram has launched a recruitment drive to support growth plans across its services.
Online PR News – 29-October-2012 – UK – Materials technology company Ceram has launched a recruitment drive to support growth plans across its services.
Three key appointments have already been made, with another 10 to follow.
Dr Ian Buckley joins Stoke-on-Trent-based Ceram as Head, Innovations in Materials.
Dr Buckley will lead an expansion of the firm’s work in sectors such as aerospace, ceramics and healthcare.
He said: “Cost is a driver for materials innovation, as is sustainability and product performance.
“Materials innovation involves the whole supply chain, from raw material extraction and sourcing, through processing, manufacturing and packaging to product performance and eventual recycling or reuse.
“Finding new materials and new ways of using materials help businesses differentiate themselves from their competitors, and I’m really excited about helping our customers do that.
“The breadth of knowledge we have here means we can solve problems and apply our experiences from other sectors to come up with really imaginative solutions – it’s not just about the measuring part of the process.”
Dr Buckley has extensive experience in materials innovation in packaging and ceramics. His team will also be responsible for commercialising developments in materials.
Early priorities will include working with traditional and advanced ceramic companies on lightweighting projects and the nuclear industry on encapsulation methods. The team will also work with the healthcare industry to explore the full potential of polymers in medical devices, new drug delivery systems and the use of advanced ceramics in bone replacement.
Ceram has also taken on two new Product Managers as part of its marketing team. Oliver Skipper will be responsible for Materials and Sustainability and Gemma Budd will look after Healthcare.
Mr Skipper, a biology graduate, has previously worked at GlaxoSmithKline. Ms Budd has a degree in Biomedical Science and her CV includes a spell at AstraZeneca.
Earlier this year, Ceram announced it was on the lookout for acquisitions after delivering a 79 per cent increase in net profits.
Turnover rose to £12.72 million in the 12 months to the end of April – an increase of 8 per cent on 2010/2011 – while profits came in at £717,000.
Last year Ceram won about £2 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to support research into firing technology that could reduce ceramic company energy bills by 25 per cent.
Tony Kinsella, Chief Executive at Ceram, said: “We know it works on a smaller scale, so now we will build an industrial-sized kiln to carry out further testing.
“Projects like this, coupled with the growth we’re seeing across the business, mean we will need perhaps another 10 specialists over the coming months.
“We employ 190 scientists and engineers, and 140 of those are in Stoke-on-Trent. We’re very proud to be doing our bit to attract such highly-skilled employees to Staffordshire.”
The group specialises in materials, innovation and sustainability consultancy and testing across a range of sectors including medical devices, aerospace, defence, construction, ceramics and pharmaceuticals.
Ceram and its subsidiary CICS operate out of the group’s Stoke-on-Trent headquarters, and the business also has operations in Leeds in the UK as well as Texas, New York State and South Carolina in the US.
Ceram develops and characterises new materials on behalf of companies across the world, while CICS specialises in sustainability services such as verifying carbon and water footprints and helping businesses gain and retain ISO certification.
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Ceram is an independent, international materials technology company that focuses on innovation, sustainability and quality assurance of materials.
Headquartered in Staffordshire, UK, and with approved laboratories around the world, Ceram solves product and process challenges across a range of materials to help clients improve performance, comply with regulations and develop their sustainability performance in order to gain a competitive advantage and increase profitability.
Ceram operates in a wide variety of sectors around the world.
Experts from Ceram are happy to comment on relevant issues including innovation and sustainability.