Partnerships / Collaborations
The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework confirmed the University’s place as a world-leading university, with the assessment demonstrating research excellence across a range of disciplines, putting the University in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities.
FaraPack Polymers, as a wholly owned spin out, provides industry with rapid access to these world leading research facilities.
The Polymer Centre
The Polymer Centre, based at the University of Sheffield, draws on the expertise of 41 academic staff, and more than 100 research staff and students to assist industry with development and growth, as well as stimulating new ideas within the Centre itself.
Centre For Doctoral Training
Farapack Polymers is currently investigating novel additives for enhancing the physical properties of polymers. The project is being carried out in collaboration with Prof. Patrick Fairclough and Prof. Steve Armes, as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Polymers Soft Matter and colloids (EP/L016281/1). The Centre provides 70% of the funding for the project as well as high levels of contact with both the student and the supervisor. As a result, it an excellent method for carrying out higher risk, industrially relevant research.
FaraPack Polymers is proud to be a lead partner and to provide project management expertise to the FACTUM consortium; a £1.5 million, 3 Year, Innovate UK sponsored collaborative R&D project focussing on the development and commercial implementation of novel additive manufacturing technologies in aerospace, satellite communications, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and consumer products.
The Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing (AdAM)
The Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing (AdAM) at The University of Sheffield conducts world leading research in the fast emerging field of Additive Manufacturing (aka 3D Printing). The AdAM centres activities are led by a team of internationally respected academics backed up by high performing and dedicated researchers and technicians.
FaraPack Polymers is part of the RAPRA Preferred Service Provider Network. As part of this network FaraPack offers expert technical assessments to RAPRA members and aims to assist RAPRA members with new product development, their existing manufacturing processes and other technology and training opportunities.
Professor Steve Armes, Director of both the Polymer Centre and FaraPack Polymers, welcomed the partnership: “We aim to undertake research of the highest scientific excellence with genuine, large-scale economic and societal impact. RAPRA’s global reach and our Preferred Partner status will help us to integrate our expertise into forward-thinking companies across the world.”
FaraPack is supported by Sheffield University Enterprise Ltd (SUEL) which has over 26 years of experience in supporting spin-out companies and in Technology Exploitation and Technology Transfer activities from Universities.