AMCASH – the Advanced Materials Characterisation and Simulation Hub – is an initiative part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supporting West Midlands-based SMEs to improve and create new products and processes, with a specific focus on materials, including; metals, plastics and ceramics.
Based at the School of Metallurgy and Materials of the University of Birmingham, our part ERDF-funded programme offers fully-funded technical support to qualifying SMEs .
We support SMEs right through the product development process. Our support ranges from research of markets and investigating suitable materials, through to evaluation and testing of new products and the evaluation of product failures.
Our expertise covers metallurgical characterisation, microscopy, mechanical testing, polymer science, ceramics engineering, thermal monitoring and computational modelling.
Through the AMCASH programme SMEs can accelerate improvements in quality; reduce waste; and manage the risks associated with new product and process development.
Current LEP areas
- Greater Birmingham
- Black Country
- Coventry & Warwickshire
- The Marches
- Stoke & Staffordshire
Businesses are reconfiguring their operations and adapting new practices, processes and supply chains. All this amidst financial constraints on investment.
AMCASH is a free support mechanism to deliver business improvement
- Reduce waste
- Optimise output
- Develop supply chains
- Benchmarking and products
- Successful Phase 1 of AMCASH (2017-2019)
- Over 200 SMEs supported to date
- Improved quality, reduced waste, de-risked new product development
- £48.8 million net economic impact *
- Funding now extended through 2022
*Source: Summative Assessment, Final Report, AMCASH, University of Birmingham, September 2019