The North East Technology Park (NETPark) has international expertise in printable electronics and is home to the Centre for Process Innovation’s National Printable Electronics Centre.
CPI offers world class, open access capability for the scale up and commercialisation of new, innovative printed electronic products and applications. Our facilities and expertise provide clients with the environment to understand how their products and processes perform under manufacturing conditions and accelerate their commercial realisation.
CPI focuses on the integration and manufacturing of new innovative electronic devices, developing the technologies that will drive the manufacturing process forward. These new processes, including the printing of electronic functionality open up a host of design opportunities and will lead to the creation of a range of future electronic applications in key market sectors such as print and packaging, healthcare, built environment, automotive and aerospace.
The integration of electronics with flexible form factors increases the freedom for product designers to embed technology and functionality into their designs, creating the opportunity for new, innovative components that are wireless, smarter, interactive, conformable, thinner, lightweight, rugged and able to blend into our surrounding environment. These new ways of manufacturing electronics will give rise to a wide range of new, novel applications such as flexible displays for mobile devices, smart therapeutic bandages for managing and monitoring recovery of wounds, wearable electronics for monitoring and improving performance, wireless medical devices for rapid diagnostics using printed sensors, conformable lighting and intelligent packaging for consumer goods and industrial products, to name but a few.
CPI is also working with its extensive networks of partners to develop new techniques and processes that will overcome some of the innovation challenges in printable electronics, such as the need for low cost ultra barriers.