Technology Innovation Centre open for business
CPI will play a key part in the centre’s work, and the confirmed investment comes as a great boost to the UK’s ability to stay at the forefront of world-class manufacturing. The centre is formed from seven research and technology facilities from across the country and will kick-start a sustained manufacturing revival by commercialising science – taking ideas from the drawing board and early stages of development to help make them into real products.
Based on propositions by Hermann Hauser and James Dyson, the technology innovation centre model has been championed by CPI since its inception in 2004.
- A CPI spokesperson said: “This investment is excellent news for CPI and demonstrates the UK’s commitment to inspiring new innovation. It aids the on-going development of CPI’s world class technology platforms in sustainable processing, printable electronics and high temperature processing, which enables British companies to benefit from and commercialise the results of leading research.”
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Manufacturing has a key role to play in economic growth and rebalancing the economy, in particular driving exports and productivity. The Government is supporting manufacturing through a modern industrial strategy fit for the 21st century. We are assisting manufacturing companies and their supply chains directly through the Regional Growth Fund and other schemes and supporting them to build strong businesses via our commitments to apprenticeships and fostering technology.”
Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board said: “Manufacturing is a priority sector for the Technology Strategy Board to support with a technology and innovation centre. The UK has some of the world’s best manufacturing businesses and the industry accounts for 12 per cent of GDP, around half of exports and in 2010 employed 2.5 million people in the UK. The new centre will help UK businesses stay at the leading edge of manufacturing technology and create and protect jobs long into the future.”
The High Value Manufacturing technology and innovation centre is formed from seven regional facilities across the country. These are:
- The Centre for Process Innovation (Wilton, Teesside & Sedgefield, Co Durham)
- Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Rotherham, part of the University of Sheffield)
- Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Rotherham)
- Manufacturing Technology Centre (Coventry)
- Advanced Forming Research Centre (University of Strathclyde)
- National Composite Centre (University of Bristol)
- Warwick Manufacturing Group (University of Warwick).