Permali Gloucester Ltd have a long-standing research partnership with Loughborough University, extending for almost 15 years. This partnership has: led to the development of novel interpenetrating metal-ceramic foams for armour and tribological applications; helped the development of novel biomimetic armour, and; has studied and optimised the joining of armour constructs for tailored ballistic performance. This research would not have been possible without the strong collaboration between the Permali and Loughborough University teams.