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Europe’s elite innovation centres collaborate on OLAE technologies

Related Article Download ImageEurope’s leading organic and large-area electronics organisations have joined forces to form COLAE, a new project which aims to speed up the commercialisation and adoption of organic and large area electronics by promoting collaboration between industry clusters throughout Europe. The partnership spans 12 countries and includes; CPI, VTT, Fraunhofer, Holst Centre and CIKC amongst other elite technology centres.

CPI helps Plaxica to scale up process for bioplastics

Related Article Download ImagePlaxica, a spin out from Imperial College London was formed to commercialise strong IP in low cost, high performance bioplastics. The product is a greener, cleaner and stronger form of plastic made from natural feedstock such as sugar and corn starch, and can be used for a variety of consumer packaging and clothing applications. After early stage trials were successful, CPI helped Plaxica to expand and take the process to the next level. With assistance from CPI, larger scale trials have been successful and as a result Plaxica is now building a pilot plant with a view to providing their technology to the wider market.

PragmatIC’s flexible imprinted logic enters commercial production at CPI

Related Article Download ImageIn November 2012 PragmatIC Printing Ltd moved into commercial production at CPI’s Printable Electronics Centre. Working with customers that are among the largest global companies in their fields, PragmatIC validated a number of scalable applications. Partners include Hallmark-subsidiary Tigerprint in greeting cards and the world’s largest integrated commercial banknote printer De La Rue in security labels.

CPI utilises marine resources in the production of high value biotech products

Related Article Download ImageCPI and Norway-based Marine Bioproducts AS, successfully examined the commercial viability of the use of marine derived peptones in the production of high value products through fermentation processes. The project explored how a peptone could serve as a nutrient for growing micro-organisms, demonstrating that a sustainable co-product of the Norwegian salmon industry could potentially be applied in industrial biotechnology.

CPI works with Dyson and IfM to explore the use of bioplastics in consumer products

Related Article Download ImageAs the building blocks of resins and bioplastics, biopolymers are typically made from plant-based starches and have a wide range of applications such as food packaging, 3D printing and consumer electronics. CPI, Dyson and Cambridge University IfM have carried out work to assess the economic and technical feasibility of using biopolymers in a closed loop processes, which may ultimately give the ability for plastics to be reused infinitely thereby hugely improving the end of life benefits for household products.

CPI work with Pilkington, Solvay and Polysolar to develop transparent energy generating glass

Related Article Download ImageCPI worked with Polysolar, UK glass company Pilkington and Belgian chemicals company, Solvay to manufacture transparent photovoltaic glazing. The aim was to develop technology that would allow the printed photovoltaic to be inserted into normal household and office windows as an unobtrusive source of electricity generation.

CPI celebrates tenth anniversary

Related Article Download ImageA decade ago we established CPI with the promise to help the UK manufacturing sector be competitive in the global environment. We have built knowledge and capability around a genuine market need which has been demonstrated by our interaction with over 2,000 organisations from big pharma, and multinational manufacturing organisations, to entrepreneurial start ups and SMEs, alongside universities and government agencies. We have grown from a staff of one to the two hundred and twenty scientists, engineers and support staff we employ today and have completed over 350 public and private sector projects with a value in excess of £300m.We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, customers and staff for the success we have had over the past decade and look forward to the next decade of opportunities.

Ground break of CPI’s National Biologics Manufacturing Centre

Related Article Download ImageThe 16th April 2014 marked the official groundbreaking of CPI's National Biologics Manufacturing Centre at it's new Central Park, Darlington site. Steve Bagshaw, CEO of Fujufilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Sandy Anderson, OBE, Chair of Tees Valley Unlimited and Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Council were present to mark the occasion.

CPI cited as an exemplar for UK innovation centres

Related Article Download ImageA report released by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee entitled 'Waste or resource? Stimulating a Bioeconomy' cites CPI as crucial in the context of the inquiry. The report investigated the technology surrounding the processing of wastes into high value products and the economic and environmental benefits to the UK.

CPI to establish Graphene Applications Innovation Centre

Related Article Download ImageThe 2014 budget announcement names CPI as the home of a new £14m Graphene Applications Innovation Centre. The new centre will build on existing capabilities and will open in late 2014 to provide facilities and expertise to help companies to develop, prove, prototype and scale up graphene based products and processes.

PolyPhotonix develop OLED based eye treatment

Related Article Download ImagePolyPhotonix utilise CPI's facilities and expertise to develop an OLED based eye therapy treatment for one of the most common causes of blindness in the world.

CPI build graphene demonstration facility for Applied Graphene Materials

Related Article Download ImageCPI build a bespoke graphene demonstration plant for Applied Graphene Materials (AGM). The demonstration plant is capable of producing up to 1 tonne of Graphene nanoplatelets per annum.

CPI and INVISTA collaborate on gas-fermentation-based processes

Related Article Download ImageCPI and INVISTA announce a collaboration for the development of new technologies to enable gas-fermentation-based processes for the production of industrial chemicals. The collaboration leverages INVISTA’s capabilities in biotechnology and catalysis, and knowledge of the chemicals industry, along with CPI’s applied knowledge in science and engineering and capabilities in new product/process development and scale-up for the development of new gas-fermentation-based routes to industrial chemicals.

CPI expand capability for smart packaging and intelligent print

Related Article Download ImageIn July 2012 CPI opened a new £2m facility with the ability to deliver interactive electronic functionality in a traditional pressroom environment. The new facility opened the door for traditional print and packaging companies to capitalise on new printable electronics technologies. The UK print and packaging industry is the fifth largest in the world with an annual turnover of £14.3bn and employing more than 140,000 people.

CPI and Tata Steel collaborate on high temperature technologies

Related Article Download ImageCPI and Tata Steel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a new High Temperature Innovation Centre at Tata Steel’s Teesside Technology Centre. Under the MoU CPI created an open access innovation and research facility centred on two new pilot plants which are to be installed on the Teesside site.

Expansion of CPI’s National Industrial Biotechnology Facility

Related Article Download ImageCPI officially launched the expansion of its state of the art National Industrial Biotechnology Facility. Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts opened the new facility which enables clients to scale up their products further by providing a 10,000 ltr fermentor that mimics the full scale manufacturing process. The expansion broadens CPI's existing pilot plant facilities and offers a reconfigurable ‘plug and play’ capability harnessing bio, chemo and physical transformations in high value manufacturing.

CPI opens high-tech SME incubator

Related Article Download ImageMay 2011 marked the official opening of the Innovation Accelerator, a unique facility dedicated to nurturing innovative businesses within the science, technology, engineering and life sciences sectors. The £2.3M Innovation Accelerator project at The Wilton Centre, Teesside is the UK’s first specialist facility designed to support new and emerging businesses in the process industry.

CPI launches Anaerobic Digestion Development Centre

Related Article Download ImageFebruary 2011 saw the launch of the Anaerobic Digestion Development Centre. The new centre is an open access facility where companies can test and develop novel feedstock and technology combinations with the aim of providing the UK with a base to advance and develop new commercially viable processes and intellectual property in the area of anaerobic digestion. The facility is the first of its type in the UK and was launched by Ian Swales, MP for Redcar.

CPI confirmed in government’s first elite technology innovation centre

Related Article Download ImageThe Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg announces the formation of the government’s first elite technology innovation centre; The High Value Manufacturing Catapult. A consortium made up of seven centres representing the major UK manufacturing sectors. The new consortium will maximise the economic growth potential of new technology, building on the UK’s strength in basic and applied research in areas where substantial global markets are forecast.

CPI launches National Industrial Biotechnology Facility

Related Article Download ImageThe £12m National Industrial Biotechnology Facility is officially opened by Margaret Fay, Chairman of One North East. The facility will transform the way in which chemicals are used for manufacture of every day products and help more companies move into the high growth industry by reducing the risks associated with innovation.

CPI demonstrates world’s first fuel cell powered lighthouse

Related Article Download ImageCPI worked with partners to develop the world's first fuel cell powered light house which can operate in some of the harshest weather. The South Gare lighthouse at Teesport was previously prone to power outages when the mains power cable was damaged by the wind and heavy seas. CPI tested its fuel cell against the ravages of salty air and seawater and installed the cell in 2007.

CPI launches National Printable Electronics Centre

Related Article Download ImageBased at NETPark in Co. Durham, the national centre for the development, prototyping and commercialisation of printed electronics spans 3,000 square metres, providing high-tech cleanrooms, laboratory space, offices and seminar rooms. The new centre focuses efforts on the development of Organic LED, Photovoltaics and Solid State Lighting.

CPI partner with Corning to develop new micro reactor technology

Related Article Download ImageCPI builds a customised microreactor test facility at the Wilton Centre on Teesside, which is open to US and European speciality chemical and pharmaceutical clients. The facility is designed to be completely adaptable, with multifeed systems available for selection by the client and unique plug and play down stream processing techniques.

CPI merges with Cenamps

Related Article Download ImageCPI merges with Cenamps, together they champion four key technological areas; advanced processes, low carbon energy, functional materials and printable electronics.

CPI announced as a centre of excellence in One North East’s Strategy for Success

Related Article Download ImageCPI was established as part of a government initiative to create five Centres of Excellence to consolidate, build on and exploit the North East's knowledge in the process industries, digital technology and digital media, nanotechnology and photonics, renewables and life sciences. Innovation and the development of new products and processes were highlighted as fundamental in ensuring that the regions economy remained competitive and able to generate wealth in an increasing global market.

CPI and ARUP collaborate on closed-loop system

Related Article Download ImageCPI and Arup develop a system of using algae, which draws on the CO2 emitted by power stations and factories. It closes the carbon cycle, using wastes to produce environmentally friendly bio-based products, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and artificial chemicals in crop growth. The new system allows the biomass from the algae to be recycled and used to produce a wide variety of products. These products could provide an additional source of revenue to offset carbon capping investment.

CPI develops Europe’s first hydrogen fuel cell road sign

Related Article Download ImageA project developed by CPI delivers a hydrogen fuel cell powered road sign which was the only one of it's kind in Europe. The road sign is designed to be used in remote environments where cabling is costly.