SMALL-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) will be able to showcase new technologies to potential customers after the Materials Processing Institute (MPI) opened the doors of its new facility.

“We are delighted that the Demonstrator Space development is now complete,” said the MPI’s SME Technology Centre director, Gareth Stephens.

“It creates easy-to-access space for clients to set up any technologies or processes they are developing in a safe, secure and controlled environment,” said Stephens.

Stephens said that experienced scientists, engineers and technicians are available to work with clients to provide analysis, advice and support as products and processes progress from initial concepts to full-scale commercialisation.”

This Demonstrator Space has been created partly with a cash injection of government funding from the Local Growth Fund, through Local Enterprise Partnership Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU).

This is part of a wider project at the Institute to create a Technology Centre to support small and medium enterprises in the region with technical, business and financial advice and assistance.

Set over 600sq metres, the Demonstrator Space is divided into fully serviced bays with access to electricity, mains pressure water, compressed air, propane, natural gas and nitrogen.

The facility also offers a lifting beam combined with a 1-tonne overhead crane, easy access via roller shutter doors, full LED lighting, individually controlled roof-mounted radiant heaters and an adjacent loading bay area.

Security in the form of CCTV, as well as an adjacent car park, is also provided.

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