University spin-out will help manufacturers reduce cost, waste and bad social impact

Prof Kate Black

A new University of Liverpool spin-out company, Atomik AM, has been launched.

It brings together cutting-edge chemistry and solutions-focused engineering expertise to help manufacturers reduce cost, waste and adverse social impact.

Kate Black, company founder, Chief Operating Officer and Prof of Manufacturing at the University’s School of Engineering, heads up the new company which provides tailor made solutions to customers utilising advanced manufacturing techniques.

Atomik offers an exclusive outsourcing service that helps manufacturing businesses in the automotive, aerospace and energy sectors define, drive and optimise their innovation projects, known as Customer Innovation Projects (CIPs).

Other services that Atomik provides include access to its cutting edge advanced manufacturing technologies, consultancy and training in Solution Focused Manufacturing approaches.

Atomik’s technologies manipulate materials at the molecular level to give manufacturers the functionality they need at the product level.

They combine bespoke architecture and material functionality, employing a hybrid of additive and subtractive manufacturing processes, whether it’s bespoke materials only or a full machine design and build.

Atomik currently employs a multi-disciplinary team of 12 members of staff including chemists, designers and engineers.

Its technology is applicable to many industries and the company has already managed to secure some notable high profile customers, including Unilever and Ricoh.

The company looks to continue to raise investment funding, and has secured significant investment from the University of Liverpool through the Enterprise Investment Fund.

Atomik has also made the ‘Liverpool City Region Tech Climbers Main List 2024’ which showcases the growing stars of the region’s tech sector, as one of six ‘Trailblazing Newcomers’ companies.

Prof Black said: “We cannot change the world of manufacturing without changing the way we think.

“So, we’ve ripped up the rule book in favour of a solution-focused approach. Our goal is to re-shape the sector for a sustainable future – ensuring Atomik and the city of Liverpool become synonymous with state-of-the art advanced manufacturing.”

Prof Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact at the University of Liverpool, said: “Kate has developed another extraordinary business opportunity for positive environmental and economic impact, based on her leading research.

“Atomik AM is an exceptional example of how our research excellence translates into commercial success. We are proud to have supported the spin-out, via the University’s Enterprise Team and Enterprise Fund investment.”