The International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) is an autonomous R&D Centre of Government of India‘s Department of Science and Technology (DST) located in Hyderabad. ARCI has been setup with a mission to develop unique, novel and techno-commercially viable technologies in the area of advanced materials and subsequently transfer them to Indian industries. Though the seed, which later led to the genesis of ARCI, was sown way back in 1985-86, ARCI became a full-fledged, autonomous R&D Centre of DST only in 1997. During the past decade, ARCI has witnessed explosive growth and made rapid strides to establish itself as a premiere Centre of world repute for development, demonstration and transfer of materials related technologies.
The most unique feature of ARCI's mandate relates to the fact that it is industry centric. In the interest of their eventual commercialization, ARCI demonstrates the technologies developed by it on a sufficiently large scale, not only to prove reliability/consistency of the technology but also to carry out effective market sensitization. This also ensures that the subsequent transfer of technology to the industry has a greater chance of commercial success. ARCI's technology transfer efforts have already met with substantial success. It has, so far, transferred 17 technologies to 30 entrepreneurs throughout the country and these technologies currently find use in diverse industry segments.