Sustaining the Future: The Case for Investing in Foundation Industries

Join us at this event to meet companies working in and around the foundation industries and to discuss the exciting innovation in this area.

Event Details


10.00 - 15.00


Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining
297 Euston Road
London, NW1 3AD

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The foundation industries (chemicals, cement, ceramics, glass, paper and metals) produce around 75% of the materials we encounter on a daily basis. They supply raw materials for many strategic supply chains and collectively provide £52 billion to the UK economy. The processes employed by these industries are typically energy intensive and involve significant resources. To meet our sustainability goals, the industries must transform to reduce carbon emissions as well as resource and energy consumption. Since its inception in 2020, the Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge has accelerated innovation in the industries, including an Investor Partnership Programme.

Why invest in the foundation industries?

Investing in the foundation industries is important for economic stability, essential products and services, resilience, and innovation. Foundation industries are also essential for driving innovation in other industries. As such, these industries can provide investors with long-term, stable returns and can help to diversify a portfolio.

About the event

Innovate UK KTN are bringing together cutting-edge companies working in and around the foundation industries to a curated group of investors to discuss the exciting innovation in this area. The aim is to demonstrate the benefits of investing in these industries through insights from companies, end-users and investors. There will be an opportunity to network with investors and companies in the room.

Who is the event for?

Investors interested in materials and manufacturing innovation
Innovative foundation industry companies who would like to meet investors
Technology enablers to the Foundation Industries (e.g. waste heat recovery, process optimisation, machine learning etc)

Please submit your expression of interest to participate by 5th April and you will receive a confirmation with the outcome of your application shortly after.


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