Two major processing organisations in the north east, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and the Centre of Excellence for Nano, Micro and Photonic Systems (Cenamps), are to merge.
They will unite under the CPI banner, with the aim of becoming a national centre of international importance staffed by over 70 specialist scientists, engineers and support staff. Regional development agency One NorthEast said CPI’s unique approach to stimulating market-led innovation would bring together market ‘pull’ from industry with technology ‘push’ from academia, to address the real needs of industry.
The newly merged CPI will focus on four key technology areas that offer the most sustainable growth potential: advanced processes, low carbon energy, functional materials and printable electronics.
According to One Northeast, processing has been the UK’s fastest growing sector over the last ten years rising at an average rate of 2.6 per cent per year, and is now worth £70bn to the national economy. North east England’s contribution is some 25 per cent of this national total, with the sector representing 30 per cent of the north east industrial base.
CPI was recognised as an example of best practice for its approach to market led-innovation in the recent government technology White Paper, ‘Innovation Nation.’