Wednesday, February 1, 2012

News: Nanofactory launches free help for local companies


Nanofactory is offering local companies free access to the expertise within six local universities to help develop new products or processes to create a real difference in the Yorkshire economy.

Nanofactory - which brings together scientists and engineers from the universities of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds and York, is offering local companies the opportunity to Take a Tech Check.

Companies with technical challenges are being offered free advice to give their products an edge through introducing new technologies, such as nanotechnology.

Put simply, nanotechnology is "small-scale science" that enables the unique properties and behaviours of particles and materials to be applied in a diverse range of sectors – from medical device companies and chemicals firms through to engineering, food technology and construction businesses.

Professor Simon Biggs, director at the Nanofactory, said: "In the current economic climate, many companies are looking to introduce new products to remain competitive, especially compared with foreign firms.

"We are really looking to work in partnership with our local companies to develop new R&D and to get new technologies out of the region's universities and into production in our local companies."

With Yorkshire SMEs spending on R&D three times lower than the national average and the current economic climate making life difficult for companies, this free support is aimed at boosting the region's economy by creating new opportunities for companies that will help create and safeguard jobs.

Professor Biggs added: "In the last three years more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Yorkshire. We want to help companies develop new opportunities to help rebuild the local economy."

The Nanofactory project is part-funded by a £2.5m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme that is making substantial investments over the next three years to create jobs and increase business competitiveness in the region.

Nanofactory website


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