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The Foundation Industries Sustainability Consortium (FISC) brings together global leaders in innovation, research, and technology from across the cement, metal, glass, ceramic, paper, polymer, and chemical industries. Its purpose is to deliver global innovation in low-carbon resource-efficient sustainable solutions that will help to transform these essential industries that contribute over £50bn each year to the UK economy.


FISC’s first project is known as Economic Materials Innovation for the Sustainable and Efficient Use of Resources (EconoMISER) and is funded by Innovate UK as part of the Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge, building on the existing innovation capability of the partners. The programme will develop a network of scale-up centres to support industry and academic engagement in innovation in carbon reduction, process improvement, and product development.

The AMRICC Centre will play a key part in the EconoMISER activities by providing resources and capability in support of Lucideon, one of the FISC partners, who is taking the lead in three key workstreams: geopolymer scale-up, hydrogen kiln conversion for sustainable ceramics production, and process optimisation within the ceramics industry through the application of sensors, collection of time-series data, and machine learning data processing, with activity commencing in earnest at a number of industry locations in Q4 2023.