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WMG SME Group & Versarien plc help local businesses in the plastics industry

PUBLISHED: 12:06 02 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:41 06 May 2016

WMG SME Group & Versarien plc networking event

WMG SME Group & Versarien plc networking event


The WMG SME Group, based at the University of Warwick, continues to play a leading role in bringing SME businesses and larger companies together through its established and popular networking events, which are proving vital in helping stimulate important discussions around innovation and business growth.

It’s most recent event, the Polymer Innovation Network (known as PIN), took place at the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation, University of Warwick on 20th April 2016 and centred on the theme “I” in PIN - Innovation.

The event was attended by over thirty local businesses and featured presentations from Dr Kathryn Beresford of the Autins Group, and WMG’s Professor Jay Bal. Local company Versarien plc, were also represented by Dr Kaylie Smith, Polymer Scientist, who provided a fascinating update on the work being conducted by her company in the area of graphene nanocomposites. This continued the developing partnership between WMG and Versarien following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the production of power storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors using Versarien’s graphene nano platelets. Working with the SME team and battery specialists, Versarien will have access to WMG’s expertise and world leading facilities in the Energy Innovation Centre.

WMG’s initial contact with Versarien came at last year’s Cotswold Life Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation Awards, which further highlights the benefits and positive outcomes which can arise from networking.

Dr Paul Milne, Innovation Manager and PIN host commented, “I am delighted by the on-going success of these events, which are proving essential in providing platforms for businesses to meet, network, and share best practice on a range of topical matters.”

Polymer Innovation Network

The Polymer Innovation Network (PIN) is a unique networking group, managed by the WMG SME Group for the plastics industry and is based at the cutting edge International Institute for Product and Service Innovation. The group meets quarterly at an evening event, which is themed. Each event has three presentations from academics and industry figures and includes networking, opportunities to give “hot shot” pitches, and food. As a member of the group you can:

• Discover the latest materials research from WMG, University of Warwick, and other institutions

• Find out about current industry trends and future technologies

• Meet and collaborate with likeminded businesses

• Develop business opportunities

• Discover funding opportunities and new initiatives in the Plastics industry

The WMG SME Group’s next PIN event is scheduled during October 2016. In addition to PIN, the Group also hosts the Internet of Things (IoT) Midlands event, a similar event-based network which focuses on matters around the Industry 4.0 agenda.

Details for both events can be obtained by visiting www.warwick.ac.uk/wmgsme or sending an email to wmgsme@warwick.ac.uk

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