CPI has announced a new project offering flexible access to innovation facilities and expertise in commercializing new products and processes in the additive manufacturing and coating industries.
The IMPACT project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and gives North East SMEs access to a £2.3 M funding pot for the development and proof of concept of new products and processes utilizing additive manufacturing processes.
The project will run until the 31st March 2021 with the aim of supporting SMEs in the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) region. CPI is interested in supporting SMEs to access facilities and expertise, enabling them to manufacture products using minimal processing to optimize the use of scarce resources. SMEs who have already benefitted from the project are from diverse industries such as healthcare, food and drink, subsea and construction.
The IMPACT project provides SMEs with the materials knowledge and processing platforms to build their own capabilities and drive the disruptive change envisaged in the area. CPI’s aim is to facilitate the development of long-term relationships with these SMEs, accelerating their journey to commercialization.