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Sky's the limit as CPI champions innovation

February 2006

CPI's Flexible Electronics Facility (Clean Room)

CPI's Flexible Electronics Facility (Clean Room)

THE Centre for Process Innovation has significantly increased its foothold in the Wilton area.

In less than two years, CPI has brought more than 40 jobs to the area with some of the UK’s industry experts now based at Wilton.

More projects and collaborations are taking shape as the CPI continues to develop.

That success is reflected at The Wilton Centre as CPI takes over more space to increase its facilities, ranging from laboratories and offices to unique equipment and pilot plant areas.

Part of the need for more space is down to the announcement that a national facility - funded by the Northern Way - will be built at The Wilton Centre.
Work will start shortly on bringing the National Industrial Biotechnology Facility (NIBF), and CPI’s expertise in the field, to the forefront of biotechnology in the UK.

The work will be vital to the British chemical industry, securing jobs, environmental benefits and international acclaim.

Specialist firm Thermal Transfer will build the facility, due for completion by the end of the year.

CPI will work alongside partners of international significance when the NIBF is up and running; revolutionary new enzymes produced by the Manchester-based Centre of Excellence in Boicatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacturing will be vital.

CPI’s Flexible Electronics Facility 'Clean Room' is also open for business and, along with the newly-commissioned 'continuous oscillatory baffle reactor' (COBR), means firms can try out their new processes quicker and cheaper than by traditional processing utilizing the unique properties of the COBR.

The new facilities at CPI will accelerate innovation. New processes will mean cleaner, greener methods of producing things, saving time and money and limiting waste.

Nigel Perry, Chief Executive Officer said: “Our need to spread further into The Wilton Centre is a reflection of the way our projects and collaborations seem to be multiplying.

“In the coming months, we will see the baffle reactor and clean room come into their own. Our fuel cells laboratory has been refurbished and orders have been placed for the electrolysers to produce hydrogen and a full-scale fuel cell testing station for cells up to 5kW.

“As the search for new energy sources becomes a global issue the Centre for Process Innovation will be at the forefront of the UK push.

“Now CPI is well and truly off the ground, we look forward to new challenges and we relish the chance to take over even more of The Wilton Centre, filling it with potential, innovation and realised ambition.

“With the continued support of our partners including One NorthEast and the DTI we do believe the sky is the limit.”

Wilton Centre are proud to be associated with:

Innovation Accelerator
Catapult Hight Value Manufacturing
Member of NOF energy