Innoval Technology (Innoval), a technical consultancy to the global aluminium industry, today announced that Dr Mike Clinch will become leader of their Materials Development Group with immediate effect.

As Materials Development Group Leader, Mike will oversee the company’s InnovateUK collaborative R&D projects as well as development work with existing clients. He will also take an active role in creating new business.

Dr Gary Mahon, Managing Director of Innoval Technology, commented, “I am delighted to welcome Mike to Innoval. He brings with him a wealth of experience in applied materials research, product development and process engineering. Furthermore, Mike is a strong advocate of collaborative R&D and will drive the development and commercialisation of new technologies which are key to Innoval’s Materials Development activities.”

Mike joins Innoval following a 20-year career at Luxfer Gas Cylinders where he held several Senior Management positions, including Director of Innovation at Luxfer Europe, and VP of Technology & Innovation at Luxfer North America.

He is also chair of the Light Metals Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.