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    We are an open access centre delivering innovation through partnerships.

Steel and metals innovation and decarbonisation

The Steel and Metals Institute SaMI is an open access facility that works predominantly with the steel and metals industry to deliver practical innovative solutions.

Our experts design and implement bespoke research through collaborative research partnerships we establish with steel and metals producers, suppliers and end-users.

SaMI supports the steel and metals industry in the challenge to decarbonise through lower carbon products and processes, reduced carbon emissions, and creation of a circular economy.

What we do

SaMI aims to create unique research partnerships with UK steel and metals producers, suppliers and end-users.

Our research partnership is focused on collaborative working, physically bringing together a network of academic specialists and industrial innovators.

SaMI is part of Swansea University and has an extensive network of industrial and academic experts to support and enhance research.

We can help and support the development of research funding bids that require industry and university collaboration.

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  • Mike Dowd has considerable expertise and experience and, uniquely, supplies a full results analysis with valuable insight. Between British Steel and Tata Steel we have worked closely with Mike to develop an updated test program to better replicate the reduction conditions in a modern blast furnace practice with both high coal and high gas injection rates. The standard of the work and analysis carried out by SaMI has been of the highest quality.

    Peter Warren, Development Metallurgist, British Steel
  • Mike Dowd’s thorough understanding of the field of high intensity corrosion resistance has enabled the adoption of a range of testing criteria. Only working closely with SaMI would this testing be possible. This has afforded us the benefit of understanding the product’s performance to a more detailed level. We are extremely thankful SaMI’s approach allows an SME like us to have the option to research this data.

    Dr. Chris Weirman, Technology Director, Wall Colmonoy Ltd