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North East set to become Innovation Leader

Monday, 8 September 2008

Building work at the state of the art Printable Electronics Technology Centre (PETEC) has been completed, establishing the North East as a global leader in innovation for the exciting plastic electronics industry.

Based at NETPark in North East England is a national development and prototyping centre for the development and commercialisation of printed electronics spans 3,000 square metres, providing high-tech cleanrooms, laboratory space, offices and seminar rooms, which are set to house an impressive range of equipment and highly skilled industry experts.

Chemicals/Advanced Manufacturing fact With the aim of de-risking industrial research and development in printed electronics PETEC, creates a clear route between an innovative idea and a marketable product. The facility is designed to be an ideal platform for both start-ups and larger manufacturing companies to get prototype and pilot-scale production up and running.

Customers of the centre will be able to test design concepts and novel materials for a variety of next-generation products, processes, and services for use in a wide range of markets. Potential innovative products to be developed at the centre include; real-time newspapers, smart packaging, flexible printed lighting and bluetooth point-of-care medical diagnostic products.

Tom Taylor, project director for PETEC, commented, “The printed electronics industry has the potential to revolutionise consumer electronics and will impact on a host of other technologies. PETEC will offer experience, knowledge, and appropriate infrastructure to support customers in an emerging global market. Building and running facilities such as these, are notoriously expensive, a draw back that often alienates companies from developing new technologies. The centre provides a crucial and affordable service for small to medium enterprises, de-risking new development.”

Throughout the remainder of the year innovative equipment, including the roll to roll processing facilities will be installed ahead of the formal opening early in 2009.