Our business partners

Academic Partners

The University of Bath

Ranked the University of Bath is one of the leading research intensive universities in the UK.. Relevant research centres are (i) the Materials and Structures Centre (MaST) that undertakes materials and energy harvesting research related to this proposal, and (iii) the Centre of Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST) that is focused in sensor development; and microsystem microfabrication.

The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering is one of the most successful engineering departments in the UK. 91% of our research activity was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is among Top 3 in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2016) and 89% of the research was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014) and strong links with industry.

Teeside University

Since its formation as Constantine Technical College in 1930, Teesside University has been located in the borough of Middlesbrough in the North Yorkshire area of England on the south banks of the River Tees. Transport links exist through the A19 and A66 roads. The University’s main entrance is at the site of the old Constantine College building, fronted by the Waterhouse clock tower.

The University opened its original Darlington campus in the former Eastbourne Secondary School in the Eastbourne area of Darlington. A new £13m Darlington campus opened in 2011 at Central Park. Today the Darlington campus is known as The Forge and is the university’s central business hub. Each year, the University works with hundreds of different companies providing research and innovation, consultancy, knowledge exchange, start-up incubation and mentoring and graduate placement.

Warwick Manufacturing Group

WMG is a department of the University of Warwick, a Russell Group institution and one of the UK’s leading research led universities. WMG provides research, education and knowledge transfer expertise in engineering, manufacturing and technology. Founded in 1980,

WMG’s mission has been to improve the competitiveness of organisations around the world through the application of value-adding innovation, new technologies and skills deployment, bringing academic rigour to industrial and organisational practice.

Technology Partners


Established in 2007, ARTIS is a wholly-owned business of Avon Polymer Products Ltd providing a world class facility serving business R&D needs across all industry sectors as well as internally within Avon. It supplies R&D capabilities in a wide range of rubbers and polymers and offers compound development, chemical analysis, material testing and solution validation, as well as demanding environment ageing facilities.

Its aim is to deliver improved material and product performance to clients worldwide through a better understanding of how materials perform in real applications and manufacturing processes. Its experts continue to deliver the depth and breadth of knowledge you would expect from an organisation with over 100 years of history with Avon Rubber plc.


Comberry’s technology platform combines software with analytical equipment and HPC® technology (HPC® technology makes it possible to conduct dozens and even hundreds of experiments simultaneously, thereby discovering the most high-performing materials and their application methods) developed by Intermolecular, Inc.

It is capable of conducting hundreds of experiments simultaneously, the results are quickly studied with special analytical methods to determine the most promising materials and processes for fabrication of integrated devices. The platform ensures that scientific results from the labs are scalable for production.

Dycotec Materials

Dycotec Materials Ltd, based in the UK, is an advanced materials company developing and manufacturing conductive, insulator and barrier layer inks and coatings for electronics and clean technology applications. In addition to our standard range of products, we work with our customers to tailor materials specifically to meet their requirements. Our materials are subjected to rigorous testing standards to ensure approval in applications for the military and industrial sectors.

Working in conjunction with our materials development activities, our dedicated engineering team has expertise in electronics design and software development to advance our customers’ concepts from prototype through to product release.

STE Industries

We are experts in managing radio frequency communication systems. Our patented ultra-low energy, unidirectional, short-range communication protocol is the result of years of commitment and expertise in the field. We design end-to-end solutions, from sensors to databases.

We have a great deal of expertise in integrating wireless communication systems and sensors. We research the most energy-efficient way of collecting data, and complete our solutions with multi-technology gateways to transform data into information and services.

Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems. Specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits and systems – we are globally leading in our core research areas of: Smart sensors and systems, Optical communication systems, Mixed signal and analog circuit design, Microelectronic and photonic integration, Semiconductor wafer fabrication and Nano materials and device processing.

Central to our mission is delivering economic impact through research excellence. We work with industry and academia to transform research into products in our core market areas of electronics, communications, energy, health, agri-food and the environment. We generate approximately €30m in income each year, with over 85% coming from competitively won contracts.

Business Partners

Centre of Process Innovation

The CPI Printable Electronic (PE) facilities at Sedgefield offer world class, open access HVM Catapult capability for the scale up and commercialisation of new, innovative printed electronic products and applications.

The facilities and expertise provide clients with the environment to understand how their products and processes perform under manufacturing conditions and accelerate their commercial realisation. It focuses on the integration and manufacturing of new innovative electronic devices, developing the technologies that will drive the manufacturing process forward.

These new processes, including the printing of electronic functionality open up a host of design opportunities and will lead to the creation of a range of future electronic applications in key market sectors such as print and packaging, healthcare, built environment, automotive and aerospace. It is also developing the £14m UK centre for Graphene Commercialisation. 

CPI has worked on several energy harvesting and printing projects including IUK HarFest (Rf energy for IoT), Fabrigen (FP7 organic Photovoltaics), Bamboo (flexible circuits for healthcare).

The PE Centre has also extensive experience and facilities in photolith and sputter coat electrode coatings, component integration and batch and roll screen printing. CPI also has access to scale up preparation of nanomaterial formulations also.

PCL Air Technology

PCL, part of HornGroup, is recognised as the global market leader in the design and manufacture of tyre inflation, air line accessories and compressed air products for industrial, petrol forecourt and automotive markets. This ongoing success has been built on providing superior customer service with the commitment of a loyal and highly skilled workforce.

Atomic Materials