The Non-Metallic Innovation Centre
In addition to his role as Business Group Manager for TWI’s Polymer and Composite Technologies team, Mihalis is the Director of the newly-created Non-Metallic Innovation Centre (NIC).
The Innovation Centre has been created at TWI alongside Saudi Aramco Technologies Company (AramcoTech) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to investigate and advance the use of non-metallic materials for industrial applications. This work will include developing technologies for new non-metallic pipeline solutions.
Due to their corrosion resistance, light weight and durability, non-metallics are being increasingly deployed throughout industries including oil and gas, construction, automotive, packaging and renewables.
The NIC is part of the Private Technology Innovation Partnerships (PTIPs) initiative at TWI, which works to address technology priorities, fostering open innovation and the commercialisation of technology with sponsors and supply chains.
The centre conducts a research programme covering Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1-9, alongside partners drawn from academic institutions, research centres and composite material manufacturers.
Speaking on the launch of the NIC, Mihalis said, “By bringing together TWI, AramcoTech and ADNOC to set up NIC, we can be assured of producing industry-led research, for the complete supply chain from R&D to production. NIC combines academia and industry so that there is a continuous chain between universities producing high-level research and industries that require academic-level analysis for real world applications.”