The High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) and Birmingham City University are working together to transform the fortunes of magnesium this year by highlighting it as a feasible alternative for the automotive and aerospace industries.

To achieve the objective, HSSMI and Birmingham City University has the potential to work with the world’s largest producer of magnesium components, Meridian Lightweight Technologies Limited to support education, research and development of magnesium use, which will place fuel efficiency through weight savings and sustainability at its core.

As part of the new opportunity with Meridian Lightweight Technologies, the technical team from HSSMI, academics from Birmingham City University and personnel from the company will be investigating new ways to offer flexible tool set up and manufacturing, whilst making production financially viable for Meridian and its potential clients.

In order for this to be fulfilled, Birmingham City University has established the ‘Magnesium Innovation Group’ and HSSMI is working closely with the group on the manufacturing side.

Current magnesium manufacturing processes create the same amount of waste as product and the Birmingham City University Magnesium Innovation Group and HSSMI will be investigating ways on how value can be created from excess material and identify potential opportunities for the UK economy.

The partnership was agreed at Meridian’s Sutton-in-Ashfield plant with a delegation team from Birmingham City University led by Professor Hanifa Shah, Associate Dean, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment, Hosein Torabmostaedi, Strategic Account Manager at HSSMI Midlands, and the senior management team from MLTUK led by Randy Chalmers, Plant Manager.

To find out more about this working group and to register your interests, please email Hosein Torabmostaedi.