Mercia EIS Funds

Mercia makes automotive sector investment in Impressions Technologies Ltd

Mercia Fund Management extends its technology portfolio with investment in the automotive components sector

An innovative aluminium forming company, Impressions Technologies specialises in developing processes that maximise the strength and lightweight properties of aluminium. The primary target for these processes is the automotive sector, where weight reduction has a significant impact on lowering CO2 emissions.

The investment will be used to fund further R&D; of the patented aluminium forming processes, manufacture demonstration parts and build a technical and commercial team as the company continues to target automakers. Impression Technologies is already part of one UK government sponsored research programme, in automotive with Lotus Cars and other UK partners and one EU sponsored project in the aerospace and automotive fields, with 15 other partners including Lotus and the Fiat Research Centre.

Impression Technologies’ portfolio of patented technologies includes the HFQ® method, used to form complex components from high-strength sheet aluminium. The potential applications for components made using this process within the automotive, aerospace and rail industries are vast. The company also offers Licensing, Training and Support services for forming processes, forming simulation and material test methods.

Dr George Adam, Chief Executive Officer of Impression Technologies, said: “Automotive companies are striving to produce lighter weight cars that maximise fuel efficiency and meet the demands for lower CO2 emissions as set out in EU targets for 2015 and 2017.Aluminium, which combines strength and lightweight properties is already recognised as having the potential to meet this need. We currently offer patented processing solutions to produce strong, complex and rigid components made from aluminium and will be using Mercia Fund Management’s investment to further our R&D; in this area. We will also be working with their expert management team to continue to target the automotive industry.”

Mark Payton, Managing Director of Mercia Fund Management commented on the investment: ”Dr Adam’s wealth of experience within the automotive industry, combined with the company’s ground breaking processes makes Impression Technologies Ltd an ideal investment opportunity with real growth potential. Yet another example of ground breaking technology emanating from the country’s leading universities of Imperial College London and the University of Birmingham.”