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NETWorks reports on the very latest science and technology news, puttingdiscoveries and advances in the context o everyday lie – showcasing thescientic excellence o County Durham and the North East.
Take printable electronics or example. A natural ocal point or us with the region home tothe Printable Electronics Technology Centre (PETEC) located at the North East Technology Park(NETPark) at Sedgeeld in County Durham. A UK fagship design, development and prototyping acility, it provides help to bring new printableelectronics products to market quickly by oering acilities and expertise that are rarely availablein-house.Innovative products nurtured there don’t only impact on our liestyles, lighting and reading habits.They’re energy savers too, with the potential to bring enormous benets to our environment. And PETEC isn’t the only centre o design, prototyping and manuacturing expertise our regionhas to oer. Newcastle is home to INEX, a leading contract development, manuacturing andcommercialisation centre or specialist electronic devices, microsystems and nanotechnology. Across the ve north east universities the range o nanotechnology projects undertakenincludes sensors and electronic devices, surace coatings, data storage, polymer synthesis andbiotechnology.On the trade and investment ront, an event last month showed how we can all work together. With Durham County Cricket Club in Abu Dhabi playing the MCC in a game that marked theopening o the English cricket season, we partnered the club and UK Trade and Investment in agroup visit to the United Arab Emirates.It proved a great way o doing business in a part o the world where there are so many opportunities in sectors such as energy and the environment, deence, construction, nance,healthcare, transport, education and skills and proessional services. When we’re on trade missions promoting the north east as a place to do business our job ismade a lot easier because we’re talking up a region with world-class research and innovativecompanies. You’ll nd plenty o examples o both in the pages o this issue o NETWorks.
Stewart WatkinsManaging Director, County Durham Development Company (CDDC)
CDDC, a wholly owned subsidiary o Durham County Council, encourages innovation andstrategic investment in the County and is driving the development o the North East Technology Park (NETPark) and the virtual innovation environment NETPark Net.