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North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 1 November, 2002
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Tees Valley and Durham
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
UK Chemical Industries Build Truist & Repuitation with Stakeholders
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Internationalisation Responsible
ECCP Responsible Person
ECCP Responsible Person
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Downstream Chemical Products
Technology fields: 
Carbon capture and energy
S3 EU priority areas: 
Bio fuels & energy efficiency
Power generation / renewable sources
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Fine & Speciality Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Polymers
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
ABB Consulting
Larger Company
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
Larger Company
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies
Larger Company
Larger Company
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

NEPICs vision is a world class, high value process industry cluster based on innovative, sustainable high tech manufacturing. Its mission is to grow and rejuvenate the process sector through business collaboration, growth and investment

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of knowledge transfer
Location promotion / attraction of Foreign Direct Investment
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Please explain: 

Annual cluster market/supply chain visits to the chemical and phamraceutical industry clusters in India. Particpating in conferneces and exhibitions across India. Visiting the specialtiy chemcial clister in Vapi, petrochemical clusters in Dahej, Bubaneshwar and Bangalore. Collaborating with the Karnatka Pharmaceutical and Drug  Manufacturers Association (KDPMA) the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) and the Vapi Indiustires Association (VIA). Introduced Wiintech Clusters to Indian Plastics industry.

Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Chemie Cluster Bayern
The EYDE Cluster (EYDE)
Nýsköpunarmiðstöð Íslands (NMI)
Pole Greenwin
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)





TourSME Interreg supported ChemSME Project (participant.

ERDF - Deelocsi - Low carbon support for SMEs  (Project Leader).

FP7 - LOCIMAP - Future of Industrial Parks - low carbon manufacturing parks (industry clusters) 16 partners in 9 EU countries (Project Leader).

FP7 - EU Cluster Excellence Initiative  - Wiintech - Worldwide initiative for new materials and processes based on clean technologies, 8 cluster partners (Participant).

National RGF funded project - Business Acceleration for SMEs (BASME).

National  One NorthEast Regional Development Agency - 2 single pot regional projects were funded to initiate the NEPIC Cluster and secondly support the industry growth projects identified.

EU Cluster Excellence Programme NEPIC Bronze & Gold Label Benchmarking, Auditing and Accreditation.

Relevant Project References: 
Participation in Horizon 2020 Projects to build collaborative solutions to industrial problems. NEPIC also particpates in international trade & investment activities to promote member capabilities & regional infrastructure
Success Story / Achievements: 

Strengthening the local SME Supply Chain

NEPIC’s Industry Leadership Strategically Committed the Cluster to help develop local SMEs by mentoring them into new business within the Process Industry Supply Chain. Over a 3 year period NEPIC organised the mentoring of 423 SMEs utilising 200 executives from 2nd tier & top tier industries in its region. At the end of the 3 years the 423 SMEs involved reported that they had added more than £40m of new business and 980 jobs.

Internationalisation brings Local Growth

Recognising that India has been undergoing more than 7% expansion per annum in its chemical industry, NEPIC has focused its trade and investment activity there. Since 2005 NEPIC has become the International Partner of the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) assisting in the organisation the ICC Annual Outlook Conference to which NEPIC takes 10-20 Member and other EU delegates each year. NEPIC members report many new business opportunities. Typical of these are HGF limited which reports “Since becoming involved with NEPIC the market penetration of HGF in India has accelerated substantially relative to where it would have been had we undertaken our marketing activities independently.  We consider that we have potentially gained several years advantage by benefitting from NEPIC’s advice in India.” Similarly water technology company Catalysystems “We were introduced to strategic partners in India through NEPIC”.

NEPIC Leads Successful FP7 Study of Industrial parks - LOCIMAP

15 EU partner organisations worked with NEPIC, LOCIMAP project leaders, to study the symbiotic opportunities to improve the efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the EU’s Industrial Parks. The Project was successful, demonstrating that through a focus on integration the EU could meet its carbon reduction commitments. The project produced 5 EU White Papers discussing the output of FP7-Funded Low Carbon Industrial Manufacturing Parks Project (LOCIMAP). Industrial symbiosis has gained widespread recognition as the best practice delivering win-win solutions for business and the environment, requiring collaboration between two or more companies to exploit each other's surplus materials and energy which can often go unused.

Measurement Key to demonstration that Cluster Work Adds Significant Gross Value Add to the Local Economy

Since its inception NEPIC has assiduously kept records of its interactions with companies. Whether it is an individual company project or publically funded business support programme to multiple companies, NEPIC always insists on the companies receiving its assistance reporting back on the economic impact of its input. These records, which have been third party audited on several occasions, now show that the Cluster has helped Companies in its Cluster add 5033 jobs which is worth more than £5Billion of GVA to its local economy.          

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

NEPIC represents 720 participants drawn from across the process sector and includes representation from  pharmaceutical, petrochemical, fine and speciality chemicals, bioresources/biotechnology, polymer and  rubber, commodity chemical and a significant associated supply chain.