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THE CONSORTIUM

Renishaw plc

Renishaw is one of the world's leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing (also referred to as 3D printing), where it is the only UK business that designs and makes industrial machines which ‘print' parts from metal powder. Offering high performance optical spectroscopy products for over 20 years, Renishaw’s Spectroscopy Division is passionate about manufacturing the very best Raman products. With a foundation built on sound engineering, the products offer the highest levels of flexibility and performance, and are relied upon, worldwide, to provide superior information across a diverse range of fields and applications. The Renishaw Group currently has more than 70 offices in 36 countries, with over 4,500 employees, of which 3,000 people are employed within the UK. The majority of the company's R&D and manufacturing is carried out in the UK and for the year ended June 2018 Renishaw achieved sales of £611.5 million of which 95% was due to exports. The company's largest markets are China, USA, Germany and Japan.

Role and Commitment of key persons

(including supervisors)

David Reece a graduate in Applied Physics from Durham University is the head of business development and marketing for the spectroscopy products division of Renishaw. A globally experienced business developer in analytical technology, spectroscopy, imaging and microscopy markets with a strong technical and scientific background. He has proven experience in applying new scientifically innovative solutions to an industrial setting along with sales into academic markets.  Having worked in many diverse industrial sectors including biological, pharmaceutical, refining, NDT, automotive and semiconductor pushing new technologies to commercial success.

Tim Smith, BSc Hons, graduated from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) in 1998 with first class honours in chemistry and top of his year. He is the Manager of the Raman Applications group at Renishaw plc and has 18 years’ experience using a range of Raman research instruments. He has provided ground-breaking advances in the application of Raman imaging to a diverse range of applications. Tim spearheaded the application of StreamLine imaging in 2007 to large scale high resolution chemical imaging. With the advent of live focus-tracking, current emphasis is on correlative chemical and morphological imaging, applied to both micro particle formulations and macro scale products

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

Several fully equipped labs with multiple configurations of Raman imaging equipment. Optical dark rooms. In addition we have full conference facilities with a large 300 seat lecture theatre. 

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Previous and current involvement in Research and Training Programmes

We were a recent beneficiary to an Enabling Excellence project for Graphene Based nanomaterials for touchscreen technologies hosting an ESR for the duration of the project which was completed in 2018.  https://eetraining.wordpress.com/enex-team/renishaw-bristol/ This involved a graphene characterisation workshop hosted by Renishaw. https://eetraining.wordpress.com/the-student-training/characterisation-workshop-2017/ We also host regular Raman Revealed training workshops https://www.renishaw.com/en/raman-revealed-training-workshops--18261

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