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About CPI

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a UK based technology innovation centre and the process arm of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Established to support the UK process manufacturing industry, CPI collaborates with universities, SMEs and large corporates to help overcome innovation challenges and develop next generation products and processes. Operating across a broad range of technologies, we support our partners at every step of the way; from concept to market; business support to technology development; from scale up to supply chain intervention.

CPI supports a sector which currently exports almost £50bn a year with a contribution of over £15bn a year to the UK’s Gross Domestic Product1. CPI leverages its assets, providing significant return on investment which nurtures and supports innovation in this sector. This is imperative if we are to compete in a global market place. However, operating within this innovation space is not without risk, both micro and macro.

At CPI we understand the risks involved and have developed the CPI Innovation Integrator® model to support businesses and projects; identifying challenges and opportunities whilst supporting on risk mitigation to prove that new products and processes are viable before moving onto full scale production.

With dedicated national innovation centres supporting industrial biotechnology and biorefining, printable electronics, biologics and formulation which underpin major markets such as healthcare, electronics, food and drink, aerospace, automotive, materials, and energy. These state-of-the-art, digitally enabled open access facilities are available for our partners to utilise in the development, proof of concept and ultimately commercialisation of their new product or process. Companies who work with CPI are able to use our facilities and work with our highly skilled team to demonstrate their product or process before investing substantial amounts of money in capital equipment and training.

Utilising our strong networks, we can bring together a range of partners in the delivery of innovation projects. No matter what route our partners take we are here to support them and work towards a common goal of strengthening the UK’s competitiveness in High Value Manufacturing.

1 UK Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry Facts and Figures, Chemical Industries Association, 2015

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