Merger drives processing innovation

16 April 2008

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is to merge with the Centre of Excellence for Nano, Micro and Photonic Systems (Cenamps) to drive innovation in the UK’s processing sector, according to a joint announcement, made on April 15, 2008.

CEO of CPI: Nigel Perry
CEO of CPI: Nigel Perry

CPI aims to become a national centre of international importance, with over 70 high calibre scientists, engineers and support staff.

Together, the newly merged CPI will be championing advanced processes, low carbon energy, functional materials and printable electronics.

The merger is a ‘highly positive’ move for northeast England, Nigel Perry, CEO of CPI, said.

Innovation is key to processing organisations keeping up with an evolving market place, he said.

Processing has been the UK’s fastest growing sector over the last ten years growing at an average rate of 2.6 per cent a year, and is now worth £70bn to the national economy. Northeast England’s contribution is approximately 25 per cent of this national total, with the sector representing 30 per cent of the northeast industrial base.

CPI highlighted that is had already been recognised as an example of best practice for its approach to market led-innovation in the recent White Paper ‘Innovation Nation,’ published by the Government last month.

Perry continued, ‘Since being established by One NorthEast four years ago, both CPI and Cenamps have worked to connect academia and industry and encourage market-led innovation, for the benefit of the region and its businesses. In this time, the established process industry on Teesside and across the North East has been revitalised, with the region now host to three national centres in plastic electronics, nanotechnology and biotechnology.’

Ian Williams, director of business and industry at One NorthEast said: ‘One NorthEast fully supports the merger of Cenamps and CPI and the new organisation will significantly add to the region’s process industry offer; both in the UK and internationally.’

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