CERAM has signed a marketing and collaboration agreement with The M&P Lab Inc. in the U.S. The agreement is underpinned by CERAM also acquiring a minority shareholding in the company. The M&P Lab is a leading materials evaluation company in the U.S., providing complete laboratory services and industrial materials consultancy. Its client base includes companies from the defense, aerospace, automotive and medical devices industries, as well as manufacturers of chemicals, high-tech metals, plastics, ceramics, pulp and paper, and structural composites. "CERAM is well known for its work in materials based industry sectors, but expansion in the key North American market requires help from a strategic partner," said Neil Sanderson. "The opportunity to enhance our service to our existing clients, to access new clients, and to develop new services with The M&P Lab is a true win-win situation for all concerned."