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Lucideon to Create 100 New Jobs and Bolster US Presence in Innovation Push

Lucideon has revealed ambitious plans to increase its presence in the US and create 100 new jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

The company is opening up a new facility in North Carolina to tap into the region’s acclaimed expertise in materials science, and have better access to USA markets

Lucideon's Strategic Application Centre (STAC) will be based in the Research Triangle Park - an area the company's bosses see as a powerhouse in the development and application of materials.

From there, Lucideon’s team of in-house chemical and industrial engineers will link up with academics and scientists from three renowned universities, to scale up materials technologies.

This new venture is part of Lucideon’s ongoing programme of investment.

Mark Smith, HR manager at Lucideon, said: “We’ll see the number of employees increase by around 100 across the group with most of the roles concentrated in the materials development area.

“We have already created over 30 new jobs in the last two years and recruited a number of graduates in key areas of growth and innovation.

“But we’ll be making many more additions as we look to build on our success.”

A leading provider of materials development, testing and assurance to a range of sectors including ceramic, construction, healthcare and power generation, Lucideon has offices and approved laboratories around the world.

It has taken ceramics technology into many new and innovative areas, including working with orthopaedic implant manufacturers and other high technology businesses. The company is also a hub for the development of construction materials and technologies.

Tony Kinsella, Chief Executive at Lucideon, said: “Increasingly, materials are being seen as the technology of the 21st Century.

“It's a big step for our business, but America is leading the way in the quest to make materials make money.

“We already have laboratories in South Carolina and New York State, but we need to strengthen our position in the US and collaborate on projects to continue developing world-leading technologies and innovation, which will transform our business in the UK and keep it at the forefront of the materials industry globally.

“This is an exciting time for the business. At the root of our investment into people and facilities is our passion for developing materials and material technologies of the future.

“This game-changing innovation is firmly linked to our clients' needs, helping them to create first-mover advantage and significant bottom line returns.”

02 October, 2014

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