North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC)

Dr Stan Higgins

Overview

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About us

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

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 400
    Cluster Members
  • 300
    SME's
  • 100
    Large Companies
  • 10
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Other Ecosystem Actors

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.          

Management team

Stan Higgins
Cluster Manager
John Brady
Internationalisation Responsible
Louise Gwynne-Jones
ECCP Responsible Person
Kath Birkin
ECCP Responsible Person

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Biopharmaceuticals

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG

Name & description

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.

Project name

DECISION

LOCIMAP

SHAREBOX

CRISERV

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Brazil
China
India
Japan
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Poland
Spain
Sweden

Transnational support activites

Other

Further information

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.

International support activites

- none -

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Name
SPIRE
Website
http://www.spire2030.eu/
Profile name Location

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

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Latest news and documents

Document Published: 28.09.2016
Cluster Mentality (reflections from 2years as EU Cluster Manger of the Year 2014-16)
News Published: 18.07.2016
Business Acceleration for SME's Programme Success
News Published: 18.07.2016
NEPIC SIGNS INDIA AGREEMENT TO BOOST PHARMA INNOVATION & TRADE
News Published: 18.07.2016
Meet The Members Conference & Exhibition.Exceeds Expectations