Advanced Materials Leadership Council
The UK Government established the Advanced Materials Leadership Council (AMLC) in December 2014 to provide strategic advice and strong leadership to enable accelerated development of advanced materials applications for the benefit of the UK.
The development and manufacture of advanced materials is strategically important to the growth of the UK economy. UK businesses that produce and process materials have a turnover of around £170bn , represent 15% of the country's GDP and have exports valued at £50bn. The extreme diversity of advanced materials means that they have the potential to improve products or create new applications in a wide range of sectors; including those areas where the UK has industrial strategies.
Advanced materials were identified by the Government as one of the "eight great technologies" where the UK can be world leading due to the UK's long-established reputation for excellent materials science and related industrial strengths. Government wants to capitalise on the innovation potential within UK materials research and also build the skills that the UK will need for the future. This requires strong leadership across the innovation pipeline.
In order to help bring about the leadership, ensure greater connectivity and provide a clear national focus to the whole innovation system for advanced materials, the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities (the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP) agreed to chair a new Advanced Materials Leadership Council, with Jack Boyer (Chairman of ilika plc) as industry vice chair; alongside Sir Mark Walport (Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government).