LONDON Building work has started on PETeC, a plastics electronics technology centrer aiming to establish North East England as a global leader in the application of plastic electronics.
The £10million project at NETPark, County Durham will aim to provide a national prototyping operation providing facilities, services and expertise at the hub of a U.K.-wide network in plastic electronics.
PETeC will offer space, resource and expertise for companies to research and develop new technologies and their applications, prototyping and pre-competitive stage mini-manufacturing of products based on plastic electronics.
These will include smart packaging, real-time smart packaging, real-time newspapers, intelligent signage, point-of-care medical diagnostic devices, novel drug delivery devices, printed electronics for consumer products, flexible solar cells and solid state lighting.
“This centre will provide a bridge between the lab and the factory to facilitate the commercialisation of new products,” said Dr. Mike Pitkethly, CEO of Cenamps, which is establishing the centre together with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).
The project has been funded by One NorthEast and Northern Way and well as the European Regional Development Fund. Building is due to be complete in May 2008.
Cenamps is the Centre of Excellence for Nano, Micro and Photonic Systems and is funded by One NorthEast, the area’s regional development agency. Its is intended to attract to the North East business-driven R&D, accelerate technology commercialisation and support early stage investment, infrastructure development and knowledge management to entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and established companies wishing to explore and exploit the commercial opportunities offered by advances in small-scale technology.
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) was established by One NorthEast as a U.K. resource to stimulate and drive innovation within the process industry.