Corrosion monitoring firm raises further £900k to build global sales pipeline
A company whose technology can detect and predict corrosion in pipelines has raised a further £900,000 to expand its global client base.
CorrosionRADAR, which has offices in Cranfield and Cambridge, secured the investment from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund, as well as the government’s Future Fund and existing shareholders.
The latest funding will help the company to boost overseas sales and enter new markets in preparation for a Series A funding round later this year.
CorrosionRADAR’s system addresses a major challenge for oil, gas and chemical companies – how to detect corrosion under insulation in pipelines, tanks and other vessels. It uses sensors installed next to the surface of the asset, which provides real-time data on the presence of corrosion or moisture, allowing early repairs to be undertaken, reducing maintenance costs and helping to minimise risk of catastrophic failures.
The system, which is already being used by companies including Solvay, Sitech and Reliance Industries, and in locations from Europe to the Middle East and south-east Asia, enables operators to move away from manual on-site inspections to remote monitoring, and from reactive to predictive maintenance.
Chiraz Ennaceur, CEO at CorrosionRADAR, said:
“This funding has come at exactly the right time for us. COVID-19 has put digitalisation firmly on the agenda for asset owners and operators – remote monitoring has become even more important as it’s much more cost effective and safer than sending people out to sites.
“The ability to continuously monitor and predict corrosion onset will not only change the way industry approaches inspections and maintenance, but it will also reduce risk and save time and money. CorrosionRADAR is leading the way in using advanced digital technologies to respond to this global challenge and will continue to achieve its ambitious growth plans.”
Mercia has supported CorrosionRADAR since 2017 when the company was founded as a spin-out from the University of Cranfield.
Stephen Windsor, Investment Manager at Mercia, added:
“CorrosionRADAR has the benefit of a management team with industry experience which has helped to ensure that the company has consistently met its technical and commercial milestones. Having supported the business to develop its technology, this follow-on round will help it to scale up its customer base ahead of a larger round later this year.”
Ken Cooper, Managing Director at the British Business Bank, said:
“This latest investment in CorrosionRADAR shows how the MEIF can support companies through follow-on funding rounds, enabling a technology to be developed and then commercialised. Supporting innovation is a key objective for MEIF, and it’s great to see an innovative product now being rolled out to global markets.”
Vicky Hlomuka, Growth Hub Manager at the South East Midlands LEP said:
“Investing in businesses to scale-up at different stages of their business journey is integral in helping innovative companies in the area to progress. It’s crucial that we back business to secure their future in this global marketplace, particularly during this time of change.”
The Midlands Engine Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.
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Mercia is a proactive, specialist asset manager focused on supporting regional SMEs to achieve their growth aspirations. Mercia provides capital across its four asset classes of balance sheet, venture, private equity and debt capital: the Group’s ‘Complete Connected Capital’. The Group initially nurtures businesses via its third-party funds under management, then over time Mercia can provide further funding to the most promising companies, by deploying direct investment follow-on capital from its own balance sheet.
The Group has a strong UK footprint through its regional offices, 19 university partnerships and extensive personal networks, providing it with access to high-quality deal flow. Mercia currently has c.£800million of assets under management and, since its IPO in December 2014, has invested over £96million into its direct investment portfolio. Mercia Asset Management PLC is quoted on AIM with the epic “MERC”.
The Group raises its own Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) Funds and details about open offers can be found through Mercia’s website.
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The Midlands Engine Investment Fund will invest in Debt Finance, Small Business Loans, Proof of Concept and Equity Finance funds, ranging from £25,000 to £2m, specifically to help small and medium sized businesses secure the funding they need for growth and development.
The Midlands Engine Investment Fund is operated by British Business Financial Services Limited, wholly owned by British Business Bank, the UK’s national economic development bank. Established in November 2014, its mission is to make finance markets for smaller businesses work more effectively, enabling those businesses to prosper, grow and build UK economic activity.
The Midlands Engine Investment Fund is supported by the European Regional Development Fund, the European Investment Bank, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and British Business Finance Limited, a British Business Bank group company.
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