£1.6 million for innovative manufacturing in the North West

trek300Nineteen SME manufacturers in the North-West have been awarded a share of £1.6m in funding. The businesses are the winners of the Materials and Manufacturing Launchpad, run by the Technology Strategy Board in partnership with the Science and Technology Facilities Council. They demonstrated the most potential for innovation and growth within the sector and will now benefit from a package of business support from STFC, to accelerate their journey towards commercialisation.

The winning companies include: NanoFlex, which has produced the first high performance electrode for electrochemistry; Arcis Biotechnology the  developer of a technique for deconstructing cells to release and protect DNA for several hours; ESP Technology, which developed an advanced new materials technology to resolve serious medical complications; LPW Technology, which produced optimised powders for sustainable additive manufacturing; Perceptive Engineering, which improved the repeat use of consumer products across global supply chains;Teknisolar (pictured), which enabled the lamination of photovoltaic panels; And GEM Nutrition, which produced an electronic system that tells users exactly how many calories their body needs.

Other winning innovations include an energy saving air sanitisation device to improve indoor air quality; technology that can recycle and convert carbon dioxide from power plant flue gas emissions into valuable saleable chemical product, and low cost radiation detectors capable of monitoring all forms of radioactivity, including neutrons.
Winners now have six months to court other investors to gain matching funding to enable them to complete their R&D projects.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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