Supply Autoclaves to University of Manchester

Supply Autoclaves to University of Manchester

The University of Manchester seeks to acquire an autoclave for the processing of thermoset and thermoplastic composites including graphene and related materials.

Contract summary


Materials and Products, Technology and Equipment

Location of contract

M13 9PL

Value of contract

Published date

30 January 2018

Closing date

05 March 2018

Contract start date

20 March 2018

Contract end date

30 June 2018

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Background information on The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is Britain’s largest single-site university, with a proud history of achievement and an ambitious agenda for the future. The University provides world-class research facilities and undertakes research of international standing. It offers students a wide choice of degree programmes and options, and excellent facilities and student support services.

The University employs over 12,000 staff and offers over 400 different degree courses. It comprises of three faculties with 23 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups. The University’s cultural attractions include The Manchester Museum, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Jodrell Bank Observatory and the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama. The University also operates a thriving conference and meeting operation including a hotel and conference centre.

Further details on the University can be found at:

Background information on Project
This tender is being run on behalf of the Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the University of Manchester. The GEIC is a £60 million investment which will establish a state of the art research and technology development facility for graphene and related 2D materials. Projects in the GEIC will be industry-led and will focus on innovation and applications, with the aim of accelerating research through to products in the marketplace. The GEIC will house pilot production facilities and characterisation equipment. It will initially focus on a number of the University’s world-class graphene application areas: energy, composites, formulations and coatings, electronics and membranes.

Given the world leading graphene research at the University, it is expected that all equipment in the GEIC will be cited in high profile academic publications as well as underpinning industrial collaboration projects, thus giving the equipment a high degree of exposure. The GEIC will be situated on the North Campus of The University of Manchester, comprise of ~8400 m2 and has been designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly. It is set to be open in summer 2018. Equipment purchased before the GEIC building is opened will be temporarily commissioned elsewhere in the University campus, typically in the National Graphene Institute, and then moved into the GEIC once it is completed.

For further information on the GEIC please see:

Project Overview
The University of Manchester (GEIC) seeks to acquire an autoclave for the processing of thermoset and thermoplastic composites including graphene and related materials. The composites may also include conventional carbon and / or glass fibre reinforcement. The system will be used for both academic and industrial research & development and quality control.


About the buyer

Contact name

Paul Carter


M13 9PL
United Kingdom


0161 275 2207



Other information


Additional information on how to apply for this contract

To express an interest in this project please visit the website below where you will need to register to obtain tender documentation.

Funding Type (WEFO or EU) : ERDF

Funding Description

The GEIC equipment fund is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funds having been awarded under the 2014-2020 Priority Axis 1: Promoting Research and Innovation.

Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No


How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided.


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