The company was founded by engineers Neill Ricketts and Will Battrick, who left corporate roles to commercialise emerging materials technologies.VersarienCu™, for example, is a revolutionary heat transfer material for cooling systems in servers, workstations and power conditioning equipment. The technology was invented at Liverpool University and has a structure that mimics natural materials such as coral, bone and sponge. Its high surface area structure enables three to ten times more heat transfer than traditional subtractive methods – and is cheaper to manufacture – making it enormously attractive to data centre operators, among others. The company has just launched its first water-cooled PC range to exploit its own technology. Based in the Forest of Dean, and with global customers including HP, Renishaw and Bowers and Wilkins, Versarien is, says Ricketts, “focused on building one of the best companies in the UK.” It’s certainly a “real” business, generating jobs, export growth and proprietary technologies. How could it not be in our 50?!
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