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Ilika announces that it is the lead partner in a project that has received an offer of grant funding through the Technology Strategy Board under the Aerospace Industrial Strategy: Advancing Technology Capability competition. Ilika will receive £0.875m of the £1.326m grant for this three year programme. The Company will work together with the University of Cambridge, Diamond Light Source and Rolls Royce to develop new alloy compositions for gas turbine engines with better thermo efficiency than current alloys, therefore increasing performance, reducing CO2 emissions and reducing noise levels at take-off.

This award builds upon Ilika's work within the Aerospace Industry, having announced in October 2013, the award of commercial contracts with two of the world's largest aerospace companies.

Commenting on the award, Graeme Purdy, CEO of Ilika, said: "The aerospace sector has been recognised as a key part of the UK's manufacturing base and this project helps ensure that it remains at the forefront of new technologies. Ilika is delighted to be working alongside the University of Cambridge, Diamond Light Source and Rolls Royce in the innovation of these materials."

Neil Glover, Chief of Materials, Rolls-Royce, said: “As a company we are actively engaged in a wide variety of advanced materials technologies.  This award through the TSB will enable us to explore the application of Ilika’s novel approach for the rapid exploration and development of new materials systems”