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materials and materials technologies: materials in the making

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Materials and materials technologies are recognized to be key underpinning and critically enabling areas of R&D. Most industrial sectors and fields of technology application depend upon them. Materials research can provide new solutions capable of optimizing the application of current technologies, minimizing their negative side effects and reducing production costs. However, the long development time and slow return on materials research investments make industry reluctant to take on the associated risks. This alone suggests that policy initiatives to sustain long-term research efforts are necessary. This article considers the policy findings of national foresight initiatives in the area of materials and material technologies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1999-12-01

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