The Micropore team at Venturefest:
(left to right) Alex Kerr, Principal Technologist; Sam Trotter, Process Engineer; and Dave Palmer, Business Development Manager
On 22nd May Micropore participated in the Tees Valley Venturefest innovation showcase. During this one day conference, held at the Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel in County Durham in the north of England, Micropore was presented as an example of how to build a business based on innovative technology.
Dai Hayward, CEO of award-winning Micropore Technologies, and Sarah Thorpe of investor UK Steel Enterprise with the company’s latest multi tonne membrane emulsification manufacturing system.
Dai Hayward of Micropore (centre right) handing over a £2k cheque to Joy Parvin of Children Challenging Industry (centre) with Dr Stan Higgins OBE, former chief executive of NEPIC (centre left) and two of the advisory teachers from CCI
"I have been involved with CCI since its foundation by the late Tom Swan and it is a pleasure to continue to support its valuable work through Micropore some 20 years later."
Dai Hayward, CEO Micropore Technologies
Micropore have donated £2,000 received from the 2018 NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) Innovation Award to the highly successful Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme aimed at teachers and children in primary schools, and science-based manufacturing companies in the UK.
The CCI programme aims to improve the perception and understanding of science and industry by teachers and children. The programme combines classroom science lessons led by expert advisory teachers, with visits to industry, to enhance teachers’ confidence and tailored to meet the needs of the science curriculum.
Micropore were delighted to be invited to participate in the event to celebrate the Innovate Tees Valley programme held at Wynyard Hall in Teesside on Tuesday 20th March. This will be followed by a showcase event on Tuesday 22nd May, also to be held at Wynyard Hall, where Micropore will join other cutting-edge businesses from the region demonstrating of the incredible innovation that is currently underway in the Tees Valley.
Dai Hayward collects a certificate recognising Micropore's status as one of Tees Valley's recognised innovators
The diminutive Micropore CXF-1 is an innovative new design of in-line mixer, capable of continuously manufacturing the high quality product emulsions required by today’s food and cosmetic brands in place of traditional industrial homogenisers.
Micropore’s patented encapsulation technology originated in the department of chemical engineering at Loughborough University. The principal inventor, Richard Holdich, is the Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head of Department. Professor Holdich has published many papers in the field, and is author of a book on Particle Technology. Micropore Technologies Limited was established over ten years ago as a high-technology spin-out of Loughborough University and is a solutions provider commercialising products and technology based on its patented encapsulation and emulsification processes.
"India represents an important and growing market for Micropore" says Dai Hayward of Micropore Technologies. "At India Pharma Expo 2018, we once again received a warm welcome from the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries in the region with particular interest in our new high throughput AXF-1 crossflow membrane emulsification unit. The manufacturers I talked to were surprised and delighted that Micropore has finally been able to upscale membrane emulsification up to a serious 1,500 tonnes/year industrial scale capability".
Micropore's new, potentially game-changing industrial technology, has been recognised with the 2018 award for innovation at the 12th Annual NEPIC Industry Awards
Although the body of the Micropore AXP-1 crossflow membrane emulsification unit is less than 12 inches long it is capable of producing product emulsions at quality and quantity (well over 1,000 tonnes/year of product) that simply hasn’t been possible to achieve previously via the traditional homogenisers used in manufacturing products from mayonnaise to hand creams.
The uniqueness of Micropore’s technology is its potential for creating emulsions featuring highly uniform droplet sizes. For product emulsions, (combinations of substances) this creates an inherently more stable product and better quality product. Less unwanted additives are required in the process, reducing raw material costs and, because the mixing process is gentler for the ingredients, sensitive substances can be processed without damage – significantly reducing wastage.
At first glance the precision-engineered tubular Micropore AXF-1 device is deceptively simple, featuring no moving parts. The substance to be dispersed in the emulsion is pumped through the membrane tube, passing through the laser drilled micro pores whilst the continuous phase substance flows around the tube providing the shear force necessary to deform and detach the droplets as they form through the membrane. It is the precise size and distribution of the pores in the membrane that enables the production of droplets of a highly uniform size. Adjusting the flow rates of each substance allows different droplet sizes to be created.
The Micropore AXF-1 is the final piece of the jigsaw in Micropore’s product line-up and removes the last barrier to scale-up to mass manufacturing.
Emulsions produced through the Micropore system can also be turned into microcapsules for a variety of products where highly uniform capsule sizes is equally desirable to ensure a consistency of product delivery.
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Micropore were delighted to be awarded first prize for their poster presentation at the SCI's Formulation Group’s inaugural 2-day workshop event in London 17-18 January 2018, visually demonstrating the industrial scale-up the company has managed to achieve with their membrane emulsification technology.