Design Talk 24. Mat Hunter, Managing Director, The Central Research Laboratory; manufacturing renaissance


Mat Hunter, Managing Director of the Central Research Laboratory, talked to Marek Pawlowski, founder of MEX, about the manufacturing heritage of CRL’s unique startup acceleration facility and his plans for a design-led hardware renaissance in the UK. The CRL resides in the Shipping Building on the old EMI site, where the evocative slogan ‘His Master’s Voice’ is emblazoned in huge letters across the exterior, recalling the history of a location closely associated with British industry and creativity. Today the Central Research Laboratory is an accelerator of digital and manufacturing innovation, helping a new generation of hardware companies achieve industrial scale. Mat took on the role in 2016, after a career which has included time as a partner at IDEO, Chief Designer Officer for the Design Council and lecturing at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College.

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"We have to find ways to make hardware even more investable. Angel & venture investors are relatively cautious. How do we de-risk & increase the value of hardware start-ups?" Mat Hunter, Managing Director, The Central Research Laboratory Episode 24, MEX Design Talk podcast

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Photos from the MEX visit to the Central Research Laboratory

Inside a workshop at the Central Research Laboratory MEX Design Talk visits the Central Research Laboratory Vinyl collection inside the Central Research Laboratory Place and community poster at the Central Research Laboratory Record covers on the wall at the Central Research Laboratory Entrance to the Shipping Building, home to the Central Research Laboratory Vinyl signage on one of the buildings at the Old Vinyl Factory Entrance to the Old Vinyl Factory site at Hayes

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