Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

By utilising proven assets and expertise, companies can take their products and processes to market faster. There is no downtime in production as all of the process development is completed off-line.

Better Products, Faster

  • Helping our clients to produce better products with increased quality and performance.
  • Creating processes with higher yields and reduced manufacturing time with faster conversion of raw materials or feedstock to product.

Low Cost, Low Waste Manufacturing

  • Enabling companies to decrease capital and manufacturing costs by facilitating batch to continuous processes, increased automation and reduced manufacturing time.
  • Helping reduce and reuse waste, utilise natural materials and decrease reliance on fossil fuels.

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.

The Centre for Process Innovation is the UK’s national technology and innovation centre to serve and support the process manufacturing industries. It is chosen by key industry leaders and SMEs to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.

CPI works across a range of technology platforms, each of which has the potential to generate a substantial impact on the future of manufacturing. It provides product and process development facilities and expertise in industrial biotechnology and biorefining, formulation and flexible manufacturing, printable electronics and biologics with the overall aim of creating less waste, cleaner, more efficient and more economical products and processes.

CPI’s open innovation model enables its clients to develop products and prove processes with minimal risk, providing assets and expertise so customers can demonstrate the process and prove it is feasible before investing substantial amounts of money in capital equipment and training. New products and processes can be proven; on paper, in the lab and in the plant before being manufactured at an industrial scale.

Integrates knowledge and assets to create scalable processes that work
Proves that the processes make products that meet market needs
Quickly demonstrates these processes across Technology Readiness Levels 4 to 7
Helps partners understand market environment and create options for their future

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The North East Technology Park provides a dynamic and supportive environment to accelerate the growth of ambitious, innovative, high tech companies into global markets. NETPark encourages collaborative multidisciplinary links, driving innovation, enterprise and economic prosperity.
We provide companies with access to a focused and international community where talent flourishes, ideas are generated and businesses have the support and resources to compete with the best in the world.

NETPark North East Technology Park

NETPark, North East Technology Park,
Sedgefield, County Durham TS21 3FD

Call Us: (+44) 01740 625250

The quality of the facilities at NETPark and the attitude of staff is first class. It has a really dynamic, innovative atmosphere.

Dr Neil Loxley, - Chief executive, IBEX

The proximity to the universities and the infrastructure are very important factors. Ultimately having a presence in Europe is very valuable to us and we intend to stay at NETPark for many years to come.

Dr Arnab Basu, - CEO, Kromek

When looking for premises which would support our growth, whilst we’d looked at other locations nothing came close to NETPark. The office is modern and well serviced and reflects the type of company we are.

Paul Ashley , - Co-Founder, PNTS

We’re delighted to have opened our new site at NETPark.  This will make it easier for us to attract the best engineering talent to the Tharsus team so that we can continue to deliver game-changing robotic systems for our customers.

Brian Palmer , - CEO, Tharsus

We initially came because of the printable electronics centre but access to a highly skilled semi conductor workforce in the North East has been a key factor in us staying and growing here, as well as the value for money office space and the access to funding.

Ken Williamson, - COO, PragmatIC Printing

CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their printable electronics applications and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, - Director of Printable Electronics, CPI

It fits perfectly for us that we’re surrounded by like-minded companies at NETPark. There are a number of highly skilled people in the area who can help us grow our business. The facilities and services offered by NETPark are first class, they make office life simple and engaging.

Stuart Wilson, - CEO, Ascarii

Access to quality facilities was one of the main drivers for deciding to locate the business at the NETPark. We have been able to use this as a launch pad to link into support from CPI and world-class expertise from Durham University.

Steve Clements, - Managing Director, aXenic