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The Benefits of Working with CPI

CPI operates across four open access National Technology Innovation Centres. These centres are fitted with over £90m of state of the art equipment for businesses to ultilise in the development, proof of concept and ultimately the commercialisation of their new products and processes.

Open Access Innovation

Our open innovation assets enable our partners to develop products and prove processes with minimal risk. We provide assets alongside expertise so businesses can demonstrate the process and prove it is feasible before investing substantial amounts of money in capital equipment and training. New products and processes can be proven; on paper, in the lab and in the plant before being manufactured at an industrial scale.

By utilising our proven assets and expertise companies can take their products and processes to market faster. There is no down time in production as all of the process development is completed off-line.

CPI is the only open access centre of its kind in the UK with such an extensive combination of equipment and specialist knowledge. We have designed an environment that fits the needs of companies whatever their size and demands, and consistently delivers customers’ requirements, on time and to budget.

Be Early to Market

Use CPI’s facilities and expertise to fast-track ideas into full-scale production.

See all the Possibilities

Test ideas in a systematic and rigorous way that informs process development and business models.

Draw on Practical Experience

Take advice from CPI’s teams of experts who have practical commercial and industry experience.

Reduce Risk

Partners can test and refine technology using the wide range of open access facilities. This allows the best routes to be identified before making significant investment in plant.

Reduce Cost

Engage expert help with designing processes, helping partners reduce cost by suggesting alternative methods and materials.

Prove It

Have practical robust operational and persuasive evidence to reassure investors and stakeholders.

Work with the Supply Chain

Engage at any point in product supply chain or lifecycle – from refining established processes to introducing new process concepts, feedstocks or manufacturing systems.

Anticipate the Future

Test ideas using state of the art open access equipment; helping clients understand what plant and equipment will be most appropriate. Use the experience CPI team and our partners in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult to identify the latest technological trends and how to develop responses.