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Posted: September 11, 2008

New Alliance To Facilitate And Drive A Complete End-To-End Supply Chain For UK Technology Innovation

(Nanowerk News) The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), the UK’s primary knowledge-based network for Micro and Nanotechnologies, has announced a strategic partnership with the Joint Equipment and Materials Initiative (JEMI UK). The NanoKTN and JEMI UK will work together to promote the commercial benefits of establishing an end-to-end supply chain, to enable UK technology innovators to get products to market faster.
A major objective of the NanoKTN is to evaluate, assess and improve the entire supply chain, in order to develop the commercialisation of UK nanotechnology applications. JEMI UK promote the development of a strong UK infrastructure to support the growth of companies designing, developing and manufacturing semiconductor devices within the UK. They will work together to promote nanotechnology and nano-electronics innovation.
“The nanotechnology industry is relatively new and there are a number of gaps in the supply chain that prohibit products getting to market. One of the NanoKTN’s main remits is to analyse this supply chain, determine where these gaps are and encourage companies to recognise the commercial gains to be reaped in bridging them,” explains Director of the NanoKTN, Alec Reader. “The NanoKTN’s partnership with JEMI UK will enable us to communicate with a wider base of contacts and help to develop and promote initiatives in this area.”
JEMI UK will deliver three focus group meetings over an eighteen-month period looking at the issues of the supply chain for nano industries, MNT, MEMS and for other emerging hi-tech sectors in micro/nanotechnology. These meeting will be open to all NanoKTN and JEMI UK members, as well as other interested parties.
“The emergence of the NanoKTN creates a fantastic opportunity for us to work together and enhance the quality and scope of messages we deliver to both our membership bases,” says Director of JEMI UK, William Revolta.
Established by the Technology Strategy Board, the NanoKTN is managed by Centre for Process Innovation Ltd, a leading technology development and consulting company.
About JEMI UK
Jemi UK Ltd is the Joint Equipment and Materials Initiative. It is the only association truly representing the interests of manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, materials and services for Semiconductor production across the UK and Ireland. Its aim is to promote the development of a strong UK infrastructure to support the growth of companies wishing to design, develop and manufacture semiconductor devices within the UK.
About NanoKTN
The NanoKTN facilitates the transfer of knowledge and experience between industry and research, offering companies dealing in small-scale technology access to information on new processes, patents and funding as well as keeping up-to-date with industry regulation. The four broad areas that the NanoKTN focuses on are: Promoting and facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting the growth of UK capabilities, raising awareness of Nanotechnology, and providing thought leadership and input to UK policy and strategy.
About Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs)
Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs) are national networks in specific fields of technology or business application, which bring together people from businesses, universities, research, finance, the public sector and technology organisations to stimulate innovation through knowledge exchange.
Funded by the Technology Strategy Board, their activities play an increasingly important role in the development of the Government's technology strategy, and help to feed and drive the Collaborative Research & Development Programme and other innovation interventions. There are currently 24 KTNs with a total membership of about 25,000 people.
For further information please see www.ktnetworks.co.uk
About CPI
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) was established by One NorthEast as a UK wide resource to stimulate and drive innovation within the Process Industry. Working with global industry partners and leading research universities CPI is committed to delivering world-class, groundbreaking applied research and development.
About The Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board (www.innovateuk.org ) is a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life.
Source: NanoKTN (press release)
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