Accelerated Materials aims to be big in Japan

22 Mar, 2024
Tony Quested
Cambridge University spin-out Accelerated Materials is one of four UK tech companies chosen to receive Government support from the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme to accelerate plans for expansion in Japan.
Accelerated Materials CEO Nicholas Jose. Courtesy – Accelerated Materials.

The company uncovers new and advanced materials to enhance product development and uses automation and AI to optimise manufacturing processes.

Accelerated Materials was established in 2020 driven by a shared vision to bring sustainable, nextgen nanotechnologies to reality. CEO Nicholas Jose said the government support was timely. He said: “Japan plays a critical role in the global advanced materials ecosystem, in both ground breaking discovery and high precision manufacturing.

“With increasing and challenging demands for high performance materials in electronics, localised production and sustainability, Japan will be well-positioned to capitalise on these trends.

“With the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme, we're breaking ground to provide AM's advanced reactor and AI technologies for nanoparticle synthesis, opening up new partnerships and markets in Japan.”

Accelerated Materials spun out of the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore; with an international presence in the UK and Singapore it commercialises seven years of cumulative R & D.

Delivered by international business development consultancy Intralink on behalf of the Government, the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme helps tech scale-ups explore and secure commercial opportunities in 11 countries across Asia Pacific.

The other three companies chosen are: Spaceflux, Natcap and Brill Power. Spaceflux in London develops a proprietary global network of optical sensors that provide data-driven ‘space situational awareness services’ to help space companies avoid orbital congestion and protect their satellites from the increasing volume of space debris.

Natcap emerged from Oxford University and provides a ‘nature intelligence platform’ to help companies measure and manage their interactions with nature.

Also Oxford based, Brill Power develops an innovative ‘battery intelligence platform’ that combines hardware, software and analytics to increase battery lifespan, predictability, flexibility and sustainability while reducing waste.

The UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme provides support for UK firms to expand in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Each of the latest four companies to be selected by the programme will benefit from a 10-week, subsidised business development initiative in Japan. As part of this, Intralink’s Tokyo team will carry out detailed research into each company’s potential in the country, as well as engaging potential Japanese customers and partners, facilitating meetings to kick-start commercial discussions and developing a follow-on strategy to build on the exercise.

Intralink’s teams on the ground in Asia Pacific can identify participants’ business opportunities, provide market entry advice and help them sell their products, forge partnerships and raise investment.

The programme – backed jointly by the UK Government’s Department for Business & Trade and Department for Science, Innovation & Technology – is aimed at scaleups throughout the UK with significant international growth potential.

Gavin Cleary, who heads the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme at Intralink, said: “Japan offers huge opportunities for UK innovations– and the latest four companies to join our programme stood out as having particularly suitable technologies.

“The range of services we provide is designed to help them realise their potential in Japan and the wider APAC region and we’re happy to have them on board.”