Centre for process innovation in manufacturing

Centre for Process Innovation

The Centre for Process Innovation connects academia, businesses and investors to bring manufacturing innovation into the marketplace.

The Centre for Process Innovation has seven major innovation centres around Britain that focus on high value manufacturing. It offers market and technology expertise along with cutting-edge development assets to help its public and private sector clients build and prototype the next generation of products, processes and services quickly and efficiently, and with minimal risk.

CPI has designed and established national technology centres in areas including Printable Electronics and Industrial Biotechnology. The centres are equipped with development laboratories, prototyping facilities and pilot plants that enable clients to prove and scale up processes from the laboratory stage through to commercial reality.

There are commercially experienced scientists and engineers on site to offer expertise and guidance. The Centre for Process Innovation also offers a multi-disciplined team who work together on project management, investment and market opportunities to ensure each business fulfils its potential.

To date the Centre for Process Innovation has undertaken more than 1200 projects, with £386m worth of CR&D projects led and partnered on and over 1400 business collaborations of which 60 per cent were SMEs.

With over £150 million secured for our partners spread across almost 200 projects, the CPI has gained valuable insight into producing successful grant applications for a range of regional, UK-wide and European bodies.

The organisation can identify suitable funding, help write the proposal and support you in your research of your market so you can refine your value proposition and financial plan. It can also introduce you to other partners who can add value.

With a growing network of private investors, the Centre for Process Innovation is able to facilitate introductions for high potential growth companies working with CPI allowing you to bring on board the right type of investment for your business.

Latest addition to the CPI national network is the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and CPI in Manchester.

“This is fantastic news for Greater Manchester and especially for our manufacturing sector,” said Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester. “The HVM Catapult is there to help businesses innovate, which will spark further investment and the support the creation of high-quality jobs.

“Going back to the Industrial Revolution, our city-region has been at the centre of advances in science and technology. Innovation is just as important to our future. Increased R&D spending and more productive businesses can power the growth of our economy and level up the North.”

The CPI says, “We have worked hard over the last decade to establish ourselves as an ambitious enabler, driving innovation forward in industry and academia in order to successfully translate great ideas into commercial products. Utilising our advanced facilities, we have worked with companies to cut the time it takes to develop, prove and prototype new products and processes. This in turn supports generating highly skilled jobs and economic growth to the UK.”

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