Shining innovation secures University double


Industrial innovation, including a project to develop a ground-breaking anti-tarnish silver, has won Sheffield Hallam University two prestigious awards.


[UKPRwire, Fri Feb 02 2007] Industrial innovation, including a project to develop a ground-breaking anti-tarnish silver, has won Sheffield Hallam University two prestigious awards.

The University's Materials Analysis Research Services (MARS) Centre of Industrial Collaboration (CIC) won the project innovation category at the second Yorkshire Forward CIC Awards, which celebrate partnerships between universities and companies from the region.

The Centre was honoured for its pioneering work with Sheffield silverware firm, Carrs of Sheffield; developing a 'stainless silver' alloy that resists the discolouring effect of pollutants and retains its bright finish. Lustre Silver has already attracted interest from manufacturers in Europe and the Far East, and is set to boost worldwide demand for silver, while Lustre products including cutlery and photo frames are on sale at retailers such as Harrods and Selfridges.

Co-inventor, Dr Hywel Jones from Sheffield Hallam University said:

"The promising new alloy has successfully made the difficult leap from the laboratory to commercial production thanks to the commitment and skill at Carrs. Its performance in real products is proving to be as good as we hoped. This is a real example of what can be achieved when universities and industry work well together"

University-based Design Futures scooped the strategic partnership award at the Bradford ceremony for its work with Rockware Glass Limited. The product and packaging design consultancy teamed up with Rockware, the leading designer and manufacturer of glass containers for the food and drink industries, to develop innovative ideas for the premium spirit sector, including an ice cube base bottle and a glass tetra pack.

Both University winners were shortlisted for other projects. Design Futures was nominated for its work with Leeds-based Brandon Medical on an innovative operating light, while MARS CIC was recognised for its work with Doncaster company Metro Technologies, developing new nozzles for use in the manufacture of small electronics products like mobile phones.

It is the second year running that Sheffield Hallam-based CICs have run out winners at the ceremony, after banking prizes for social innovation, regional industrial innovation and national industrial innovation in 2006.

This year's awards were presented to University staff and their industrial partners by Yorkshire Forward Chair Terry Hodgkinson, and renowned science writer and BBC journalist Sue Nelson.

Centres of Collaboration (CICs) are a unique network of 14, Yorkshire Forward-funded institutes, which aim to connect the expertise of the regionís universities with the research and development needs of business.

The 2007 winners were announced on 29 January at the CIC Awards, National Media Museum, Bradford.

The Materials Analysis & Research Services Centre of Industrial Collaboration is part of the Materials and Engineering Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University, and is a world renowned centre for research and consultancy. For more details visit www.marscic.co.uk

The Design Futures Group combines the resources of three specialist award winning operating units, all based within Sheffield Hallam University, one of the UK's leading universities for art and design research. For more details visit www.designfuturesgroup.com

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