Lucideon hopes to add hundreds to workforce

Materials technology company Lucideon has revealed plans to ramp up its presence in the US and create 100 new jobs both there and on this side of the Atlantic.

The Stoke-on-Trent-based firm is opening up a new facility in North Carolina to tap into the region’s expertise in materials science, and to have better access to the American markets.

The company originated from the Stoke-based British Ceramics Research Association, established in 1948.

Lucideon’s Strategic Application Centre (STAC) will be based in the Research Triangle Park, where the firm’s chemical and industrial engineers can work with academics and scientists from three renowned universities, to scale up materials technologies.

This new venture is part of Lucideon’s ongoing programme of investment, which will see the company increase its workforce by over 50% over the next three years, with the majority of new roles based in Stoke-on-Trent.

Lucideon currently has just over 200 employees, of which a high proportion are graduates and post graduates. Mark Smith, HR manager at Lucideon, said: “The number of employees increase by around 100 across the group, with most of the roles concentrated in the materials development area.

“We have already created over 30 new jobs in the last two years and recruited a number of graduates in key areas of growth and innovation.”

While Tony Kinsella, chief executive at Lucideon, added: “Increasingly materials are being seen as the technology of the twenty-first century. We need to strengthen our position in the US and collaborate on projects to continue developing technologies and innovation.”