The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult at NETPark

In 2011, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) was named as the process element of the government’s elite network of Catapult centres. This awards CPI direct involvement in UK and EU strategy alongside substantial sustained investment to ensure our staff and facilities are at the cutting edge of product and process development.

The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult is the catalyst for the future growth and success of manufacturing in the UK. It is a strategic initiative that aims to revitalise the manufacturing industry and was implemented, along with six other similar programmes in different sectors, following extensive independent research – notably the Hauser and Dyson reports.

The HVM Catapult’s network consists of seven technology and innovation centres, established and overseen by Innovate UK, with over £200 million of government investment. The inception of the Catapult provides UK business with a gateway to access the best manufacturing talent and facilities in the country. It is also a two-way communication channel to the heart of government and a valuable conduit for funding from both the public and private sectors for projects and initiatives with due merit.

The programme has political cross-party backing to ensure its longevity. It will enable the UK to address market needs in key areas, making the country more competitive on the global stage. The HVM Catapult’s long-term goal is to stimulate growth in the manufacturing sector and more than double the sector’s contribution to UK GDP. It will do this by helping accelerate new concepts to commercial reality. More specifically, the HVM Catapult gives scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs access to a pool of expertise and experience within academia, research, industry and government. It bridges the gap between early innovation, where the UK has traditionally been strong, and industrial-scale manufacturing, where real wealth is created and the UK is relatively uncompetitive.

This allows progressive businesses and organisations – from large conglomerates to SMEs – to build new partnerships and products with significantly reduced risks.

HVM at NETPark
The High Value Manufacturing Catapult at CPI
The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is a partner of the government’s elite network of Catapult centres based at CPI, NETPark.
The High Value Manufacturing Catapult at CPI

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Andrew Wragg has been appointed as CEO of G2O

It’s extremely beneficial to have CPI on our doorstep as they are also based at NETPark. CPI has given us a tremendous amount of support, with such a huge range of expertise and equipment and being on the same site makes for effective collaborative working

Andrew Wragg, - CEO at G2O
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
Brian Palmer - Tharsus

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
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