The Norwegian government allocates about 130 million NOK to the further development of the present test centres for the industrial sector. Future Materials at Campus Grimstad receives 30 million of this package, being one of five test centres.
“This is fantastic, and we got everything we asked for”, says Aslaug Hagestad Nag, Managing Director of Future Materials.
“Most of these 30 million will be spent on new equipment, for the battery laboratory as well as for the other laboratories. Today’s grant means reduced prices for those in the industry sector who want to come and rent one of our test halls to try out new solutions. That is because we operate according to cost-plus pricing, meaning that a lower cost for us directly leads to a lower cost for those who use our services”, says Hagestad Nag.
Future Materials is a national development and testing centre for the materials of the future. The centre aims to bridge the gap between the concept and the pilot phase, smoothening the way for the materialization of ideas. This catapult centre is supported by Arendals Fossekompani AS, Elkem ASA, Mechatronics Innovation Lab AS, Norner AS, ReSiTec AS and The University of Agder.
Read the government’s press release on the focus on these test centres (only in Norwegian)
Future Materials was founded two years ago. Read UiA’s news article on the catapult centre and its background: Norsk katapultsenter til Sørlandet (only in Norwegian)