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Celebrating 30 years experience within the Nanomechanical Industry

Micro Materials Nanomechanical IndustryIn 2018 Micro Materials Ltd celebrated 30 years within the nanomechanical industry. Established in 1988 Micro Materials has continually been at the forefront of innovation, with our pioneering approach leading to three world firsts:

  • The first commercial nanoscale impact tester, for erosive wear, toughness and contact fatigue.
  • First commercial high temperature nanoindentation stage, capable of reaching temperatures up to 750°C.
  • The first liquid cell, allowing the testing of samples which are fully immersed in a fluid.

Providing innovative, versatile nanomechanical test instrumentation and responding to developments in applications in response to customer and market requirements. The integrity, reliability and accuracy of our equipment is paramount, as is our relationship with our users.

Company Overview


Micro Materials Nanomechanical Industry About USIn 1988, Dr Jim Smith left his position as Manager of Engineering Physics at Eaton Corporation in Boston to develop the MML NanoTest®. The basis of this instrument was research carried out at Lancaster University, UK. The company is now a majority-owned subsidiary of Spantech Products Ltd.


The headquarters of Micro Materials are located in Wrexham, a well-connected region of north east Wales in the UK. All research and manufacturing is carried out from their custom-built facility, which is equipped with a demonstration suite. The company have many support bases outside of the UK including the US, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, India and Korea. Nanomechanical Industry

Global reach

Micro Materials are proud to work with a long-established network of global distributors. Many of these distributors have worked with MML for 15 years or more and have excellent technical knowledge of the system.

Existing customer base

MML have over 350 systems worldwide, with many centres having multiple systems. Micro Materials work with the most prestigious groups in academic and industrial research. Including Cambridge University, MIT, Oxford University, SIMTech, GM, and Siemens. MML endeavour to establish close collaborative links with our customers which allows the company to respond quickly to market requirements and emerging research areas.

Evolution of the NanoTest system

The first NanoTest was sold in 1992 to a group in Paris. Since then many generations of instrument have developed, including the NanoTest 300, NanoTest 550 and NanoTest 600. In 2006 the NanoTest NTX was released, which saw a large improvement in system performance and stability. The new NanoTest Vantage provides the user with a simplified, high performance, modern instrument. Designed to be easy to use yet flexible to allow high level experiment design.

A leading international innovator in the highly specialised world of nanomechanical testing for over 30 years. Constantly developing and refining equipment that has consistently set new benchmarks for performance and adaptability.

The NanoTest Vantage continues that tradition of innovation and functionality. Laboratory equipment has to constantly justify its outlay so we design equipment that is not only robust, reliable and highly accurate, but also performs a wide range of roles. This flexibility continues to set the NanoTest apart from other systems on the market.

Improvements brought by the NanoTest Vantage have focussed on four key areas:

  • Improved ease of use
  • Increased speed of set up, calibration and training
  • Improved system performance
  • System robustness

High turnover of users is often a reality in a research setting so instruments must be easy to understand and use. This is fully addressed by the Vantage.

Company values

Micro Materials focus on listening to their customers and developing solutions to push the boundaries of nanomechanical testing. Aiming to maintain an imaginative development programme to offer the market something unique. Providing the customer with first class service and fostering a user community rather than just grow a user base.

Staff group

The MML staff group consists of physicists, mechanical engineers, materials scientists and chemists, together with administration and finance teams. Staff turnover is extremely low, ensuring continuity of quality in processes and instruments.

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