CPI has announced the start of a new project to address the manufacturing challenges and exploit the commercial opportunities offered to industry by the ‘internet of things’ (IoT), a market predicted to be worth an estimated $253billion by 2021*.

The European Regional Development Fund has announced £2.6 million of funding for CPI to establish and run a new national technology centre in County Durham.

The Emerging Electronics Manufacturing Centre will provide state-of-the-art equipment for the integration of electronic devices including: a Reel-to-Reel RFID inlay production line, producing reels of RFID labels at high volumes and Smart Label Converting line which then converts the RFID inlay’s into SMART labels, at a rate of 60 metres per minute.