Frontier Materials and Industrial Application (FMIA) is one of the main research priority areas in UiTM. FMIA is managed by the Communities of Research (CoRe) Institute of Research Management and Innovation (IRMI). FMIA is responsible for managing and inculcating research activities at UiTM in the field of materials, technology and industrial application. FMIA consists of 380 researchers and 21 Research Interest Groups (RIG) as of August 2016. The researchers are encouraged to blend their expertise in various field related to functional materials and industry applications. Communication among materials scientists, chemists, physicists, engineers, mathematicians and others in interdisciplinary fields associated with materials and industrial technology are significantly meaningful in order to blossom research and make it a culture in UiTM. This is aligned with the objective of the development of CoRe which is to foster inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations that could transform UiTM's researchers to possess internationally acknowledged research capabilities.

The main Niche Area of FMIA CoRe is industrial technology. Industrial Technology is the use of engineering and manufacturing technology to make production faster, simpler and more efficient. The industrial technology field employs creative and technically proficient individuals who can help a company achieve efficient and profitable productivity. Technological Processes based always on Material, Equipment, Human skills and operating circumstances. Industrial Technology basically involves instruction in optimization theory, human factors, organizational behavior, industrial processes, industrial planning procedures, computer applications, and report and presentation preparation. Planning and designing manufacturing processes and equipment is a main aspect of being an industrial technologist. An Industrial Technologist is often responsible for implementing certain designs and processes. Industrial Technology involves the management, operation, and maintenance of complex operation systems.

Technological development in industry involves:

1.       the introduction of new tools and techniques for performing given tasks in production, distribution, data processing, etc;

2.       the mechanization of the production process, or the achievement of a state of greater autonomy of technical production systems from human control, responsibility, or intervention;

3.       changes in the nature and level of integration of technical production systems, or enhanced interdependence;

4.       the development, utilization, and application of new scientific ideas, concepts, and information in production and other processes; and

5.       enhancement of technical performance capabilities, or increase in the efficiency of tools, equipment, and techniques in performing given tasks.