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Celebrating 20 years of CPI: How one organisation helped generate billions for the UK economy

CPI are celebrating their 20th anniversary.


CPI signage at the Neville Hamlin Building at NETPark

Formed in 2004 and headquartered in Wilton, Redcar, CPI began as part of an initiative to create Centres of Excellence to consolidate, build on and exploit the North East’s knowledge and skills to ensure that the region’s economy remained competitive in the growing global marketplace.


Over the past 20 years, they’ve grown into one of the leading influences on innovation in the UK by creating an extensive network of world-class expertise, technology assets and partners.


They’ve helped to unlock almost £3bn worth of private investment, have a 60% SME customer base, and are helping to transform industrial landscapes in the North East and beyond.


We’re now replicating that success in other parts of the UK. In the last 5 years, we’ve built our presence in Scotland by establishing the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre and we’re a key partner in the rapid development of the Centre of Expertise in Advanced Materials and Sustainability (CEAMS) in the North West of England.


We’ve played a crucial role in enabling the UK’s manufacturing sector, building national resilience, supporting ambitious sustainability targets, and addressing health and well-being challenges.



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