The Telford International Centre (TIC) is a short drive from the heart of UK ceramics, the city of Stoke-on-Trent affectionately known as The Potteries. UK Parlimentary initiatives are looking to build a £1 Billion ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent through the Ceramic Park initiative. This is supported by the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, one of the UK's 26 Enterprise Zones expected to create a further 9,000 jobs.
Telford in the Midlands is centrally located for the growth in advanced material development and OEM manufacturing. Some of the worlds leading automotive and aerospace brands have their headquarters a short drive from Ceramics UK; as do some of the largest pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Over the past past decade, technical ceramics have become more widely used as manufacturing techniques have improved, particularly though the advent of additive ceramic manufacturing.
The UK generally is investing heavily in advanced materials development. £100 million pounds has been invested in the BP International Center for Advanced Materials working on structural materials, corrosion, separations, surfaces, deposits, imaging, modelling and self-healing materials. World renowned Universities and collaboartations are making the UK at the very heart of advanced material development.
Close to the manufacturing bases around Birmingham, the TIC is just off the M54, a short drive from the M40, M6 and M5, providing easy access for a broad range of buyers from accross the UK.
International attendees can fly into Birmingham International Airport and get the train to Telford station, a short walk from the TIC, which is also easily accessible from the airports of Manchester, Bristol and London.