Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

CPI’s mission is to ensure that every great invention gets the best opportunity to become a successfully marketed product or process. Their integrated approach incorporates our three core capabilities to ensure you are given the best chance at successful innovation.

They provide you with industry-relevant expertise and assets, supporting you with proof of concept and scale up services for the development of your innovative products and processes. CPI utilise their understanding of the funding landscape and of how to engage with government and private investors, to help you access the necessary funding support for your project. Finally, by applying their extensive knowledge and application of innovation processes allows them to support you with the most suitable technical advice and facilities for your market.

This integrated approach incorporates three core offerings to ensure you are given the best chance of successful commercialisation.

  • Expertise in securing funding for partners
  • Enabling the right partnerships, connections and funding routes at the right time.
  • Industry relevant expertise and assets
  • Delivering product development, proof of concept and scale-up services.
  • Knowledge and application of innovation processes
  • Business services and consultancy to reduce risk and speed up time to market.

The North East Technology Park (NETPark) is home to CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre, National Formulation Centre and National Healthcare Photonics Centre.

CPI works closely with academia, industry and government to bridge the gap between innovation and commercialisation. Our work enables products to be quickly and cost-effectively brought to market, delivering highly-skilled jobs and economic growth to the UK.

The facilities offered across a network of sites provide equipment and technical expertise that help companies to develop next-generation products and processes. These centres support cross-sector knowledge sharing and allow the formation of unique innovation networks across the entire supply chain. Working together, CPI help companies bring their innovative ideas to market sooner, with reduced risk.

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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

Cheif Executive of IBEX Innovations Ltd. Dr. Neil Loxley.

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
Arnab Basu - Kromek

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
Ken Williamson

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
Jon Helliwell

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
Stuart Wilson Ascari

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
Steve Clements

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

NETPark is great for our staff and clients as it’s easy to get to know people here with the many networking events and other site activities taking place all the time.

Lorna Crombie, - director at CK Group
Janet Todd, NETPark Manager

CPI is an important partner in our plans to grow NETPark. The combination of technical expertise and unique equipment is a unique value proposition for companies looking to scale up and launch products to market and our shared understanding and knowledge of that innovation journey has led to a long-term collaborative partnership.

Janet Todd, - NETPark manager