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Measurement for our planet

As COP26 approaches, discover how NPL plays a key role in enabling climate action through the delivery of accurate, reliable data that supports decision making and enables low carbon innovation.

Advanced Manufacturing

Sustainable manufacturing through resource conservation

Enabling net zero transition through sustainable materials and manufacturing

Supporting innovation in materials and processes

As we support government’s mission to ‘level up’ and encourage a green economic recovery, we need to accelerate innovation and exploitation, and increase energy and resource efficiency in all manufacturing sectors. New skills, processes and products are integral to a systems approach to move us towards a net zero economy.

Materials are key to how we live, from their use in transport and manufacturing to everyday items such as food packaging. The ways that we make, use and dispose of materials, both in industry and our own homes will be crucial to meeting the UK’s net zero targets for 2050. 

Ensuring that we design and make our products using the most energy and resources efficient way will help the UK reduce its carbon footprint andt also ensure that materials – either new or reused - are used with as little waste in energy or resource as possible. 

  • NPL provides assurance for the supply chain for the development of materials. This can be new, potentially disruptive materials, such as graphene and 2D materials, or existing ones, through the development of new measurement methods and protocols. Our research often leads to new standards. It also enables the development of processes and architectures for new and existing materials and is crucial for ensuring sustainable materials and manufacturing.   
  • We develop new measurement methods, protocols, test procedures and standards for materials which can reduce the need to renew or repair applications. This knowledge is key to supporting extended life of products, such as wind turbines for energy generation which operate in harsh environments. Our Mechanical Test Facility is one of the UKs most comprehensively equipped laboratories for advanced engineering testing and evaluation of novel materials.
  • As new materials enter the market, we work with industry to develop the novel manufacturing processes which will replace existing methods for products with enhanced application and re-use. New measurements and standards will be needed to bring confidence in the use and reuse of 2nd life or recycled materials to ensure they meet the needs of their application and conserve our resources.
  • NPL also supports the transfer of innovation to industry through the development of inline metrology for materials processing and manufacture which will help fast track the use of materials in priority areas for net zero transition.

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World-class expertise that delivers impact

Our team of professionals has experience in industry, consultancy, non-profit organisations, science and innovation. The team sets NPL's advanced manufacturing strategy, assessing UK and international market drivers and policy developments.

We work closely with our scientists to inform NPL's approach to current and foreseeable industrial challenges and create partnerships with key stakeholders from the private, public and non-profit sectors to help drive innovation

Contact us to find out more about our advanced manufacturing work.

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Reducing reliance on plastic drums as part of the green recovery 

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Commercialising self-cleaning face masks to combat COVID-19 waste

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Using polymer composites in offshore environments with confidence

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Developing non-destructive testing for 2D materials

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Working with NPL

Our researchers are at the forefront of new innovations that promise to deliver new solutions to Advanced Manufacturing challenges. We play a vital role in providing reliable data for to develop the standards and assurance to accelerate new products to market. Learn more about our research areas and working with our experts.  

If you have a research collaboration where our expertise can help, please contact the team and discuss your challenge.

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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070