Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Centre's Praised for Role in Manufacturing Growth; MANUFACTURING ROBERT GIBSON Robert.Gibson@ncjmedia.Co.UK

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Centre's Praised for Role in Manufacturing Growth; MANUFACTURING ROBERT GIBSON Robert.Gibson@ncjmedia.Co.UK

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ANORTH East business has been praised by the Government for the crucial role it has played in ensuring the growth of the UK's manufacturing sector.

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), which employs around 250 staff at bases at Wilton, Darlington and Sedgefield, is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a network of seven technology and innovation centres tasked with boosting the sector.

At its annual conference, Business Secretary Vince Cable highlighted the continued importance of innovation when it comes to securing manufacturing's long-term future.

Shadow business minister Ian Murray reinforced the message by referring to the commercial achievements of CPI and its contribution to the Government's Catapult network.

CPI uses applied knowledge in science and engineering, combined with state-of-the-art development facilities, to enable its clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.

At the conference, it used a series of presentations and working panels to demonstrate how its structured innovation process enables partners to prove that manufacturing processes can be conducted economically and repeatedly to fully substantiate the product's viability.

Case studies included Applied Graphene Materials, PolyPhotonix and Invista, all of which have bene-fitted from CPI's expertise.

CPI chief executive Nigel Perry said: "To date, we have completed more than PS300m of projects, delivering more than PS2.3bn of value to the UK.

"We have won more than [euro]150m worth of EU projects and this year we aim to turn over PS18m.

"Today we learnt that for the UK to capitalise on its world-leading science base, it must continue to focus on translation - on innovation.

"It is a fact that modern manufacturing nations such as Germany, France and Finland, spend between three and 10 times more on translation and innovation than they do on university-based research. …

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