CPI Success Story

CPI is a leading independent technology innovation centre and part of the UK’s High-Value Manufacturing Catapult. The organisation supports companies across diverse markets by driving their innovations forward and helping them to reduce the risk and cost associated with product development.. CPI began operations in 2004 and since then it has established a strong track record of delivering major impact and high value for its clients and for the UK.

CPI’s continuing work with Business Durham has been a major factor in CPI’s growth. Business Durham manages NETPark, home to an elite innovative group of science, engineering and technology organisations with global ambition, transforming innovative ideas into products with worldwide social and economic impact. CPI currently has four of it’s UK National Centres at NETPark.

CPI’s involvement with Business Durham began very early on in NETPark’s existence with the planning, build and launch of CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre. Since then the two organisations have partnered across a host of themes supporting innovation in the UK. Listed are some of the highlights.

Growth of CPI’s printed electronics capabilities

Opened in 2009, CPI’s Printable Electronics Centre at NETPark has grown from an initial team of 10 to a team of 90. The centre has continued to expand over the last ten years and now hosts over £60m worth of assets alongside some of the best scientists and researchers in the world.

CPI is working with a number of companies of all sizes in the commercialisation of their new product concepts. Some examples include PragmatIC, Wootzano, and Hp1 Technologies.

Science park collaboration with Kromek

Being located in the science park offers many opportunities for potential collaboration with neighbours. One example is CPI’s work with NETPark based Kromek to develop a conformable radiation detector using Kromek’s expertise in radiation detectors and CPI’s photonics and know-how. The primary application is for breast cancer screening, where the technology will have a number of advantages over current technology, including making the experience a lot more comfortable for women.

CPI’s Formulation capabilities

Located at NETPark, CPI’s National Formulation Centre is an innovation centre for advanced formulated product design and manufacture. The Centre provides the environment for companies to increase productivity and accelerate the commercialisation of their next generation formulated products.

Formulated products are all around us and vital to our everyday lives, from the food we eat, to the household cleaning products we use, to the oils in our cars, to the paints we use to decorate our homes and the pharmaceuticals that we use to maintain our health. Effective formulation directly impacts product performance and influences key product features such as stability, delivery of active components and sensory perception. Sales of formulated products by UK companies amount to £180bn per annum.

CPI’s Graphene Application Centre is also located at NETPark and provides the equipment and expertise that companies need in order to bring innovative graphene technologies to market.

CPI’s Healthcare Photonics capabilities.

Healthcare photonics refers to the application of light for a range of healthcare applications including therapies, diagnostics, imaging and surgical interventions, and is an exciting and rapidly growing area across the globe. CPI launched its National Centre for Healthcare Photonics at NETPark in 2019 to help industry and academia translate their early research into commercially viable products.

“There has been a long association between CPI and Business Durham. CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their technology  and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region. Indeed, the relationship between CPI and Business Durham has proved to be synergistic, creating further expansion opportunities on NETPark that will ultimately lead to the creation of even more high quality business development opportunities and jobs for the region.” – Dr Jon Helliwell, Operations Support Director, CPI.

“The benefits of being based at NETPark in County Durham are that it’s green, very centrally located. You’re very close to some of the fantastic universities in the North East, including Durham University. It has the right ecosystem which brings together manufacturing and associated supply chains, which is very important as we establish innovation activities in the region” Arun Harish, Strategy Director, CPI.

“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. We look forward to helping many more companies, working closely with CPI.” Janet Todd, NETPark Manager.

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NETPark is home to three National Innovation Centres all managed by our strategic partners CPI. Centres include The UK National Centre for Printable Electronics, National Formulations Centre and National Centre for Healthcare Photonics. CPi provide the support, facilities and expertise to guide companies through the commercialisation of their next-generation products.

There has been a long association between CPI and Business Durham. CPI has developed a specialist offering to support SMEs looking to develop their technology  and our partnership with Business Durham has been instrumental in attracting several SMEs to locate here in the region. Indeed, the relationship between CPI and Business Durham has proved to be synergistic, creating further expansion opportunities on NETPark that will ultimately lead to the creation of even more high quality business development opportunities and jobs for the region.

Dr Jon Helliwell, Operations Support Director, CPI

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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
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