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CPI's National Formulation Centre opens

Posted on 05/03/2018

A new open access facility at CPI will support the design of products and manufacturing processes for a range of formulated products.

CPI (Centre for Process Innovation) – the UK’s technology innovation provider for process manufacturing – has announced that its National Formulation Centre will officially be opened on the 15th of March 2018.

As part of the official opening event, there will be facility tours, presentations and networking opportunities for industrialists and academics. The national facility will enable SMEs and academic partners to engage easily with multi-national businesses to develop, prove and commercialise innovative products and processes in formulation science.

Breaking ground in November 2016, the project is funded by the North East LEP as part of the North East Growth Deal from Government. The Local Growth Fund is supporting major capital investments to promote innovation, economic and skills infrastructure and sustainable transport across the North East LEP area.

Formulation underpins many chemistry-enabled markets ranging from healthcare and pharmaceuticals, to oil and gas, and paints and lubricants. Examples of complex formulated products include many everyday products that are vital to ensuring our quality of life, such as foods, detergents, perfumes, cosmetics, paints, adhesives and lubricants. However, the manufacture of such products is complex with many challenges. The centre and its dedicated team of over 50 highly trained scientists and engineers aims to assist in overcoming these formulation and production challenges to help companies to develop, prove, prototype and scale-up the next generation of formulated products.

The centre joins CPI’s existing Printable Electronics and Graphene Application Centres based out of the NETPark site at Sedgefield, County Durham. By integrating the National Formulation Centre alongside these pre-existing facilities, CPI can offer a unique collaborative approach necessary to advancing innovation.

Graeme Cruickshank, Director of Formulation at CPI said:

“CPI’s formulation facilities are flexible, allowing us to support the design of products and manufacturing processes for a range of formulated products, based on complex solids, complex liquids, nanomaterials, and polymers. We’ve built a strong industrially trained scientific and technical team with a wealth of experience in formulation development and characterisation. We also have a number of on-going strategic projects with our academic and industry partners, which aim to address some of the key challenges we were given by our industry steering group. These new capabilities will ultimately be located here in the National Formulation Centre as an open access facility which will enable UK-based innovation.”

To find out more about the official opening event and register your attendance, please click here.


Note: The launch is taking place the day after the AceForm4.0 (Activating Value Chains for EU Leadership in FORMulation Manufacturing 4.0) workshop on Positioning Formulation in future EU Framework Programmes on 14th March 2018. Speakers at this workshop will include KTN’s Dr Rachael Rowlands-Jones, who will discuss the UK Formulation Roadmap.