How European funding supported SMEs in the South West, using Electron Microscopy from 2010–2015
Thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund, we gave 121 companies 12 hours of free support in PEMC. Our customers came from Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, and companies varied from;
- Peter Day Precision Engineering Ltd - to verify the precision thickness of their platings for their customers.
- Langage Farm LLP - examining the microstructure of their quarg and yoghurt, leading to new product development.
- BB Photonics Ltd - precision measurement to support new product development.
A number of these companies have now come back to work with PEMC regularly, demonstrating the real value of our service to businesses of any size.
As a result of their initial work with PEMC, Langage Farm LLP embarked on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University. This collaboration was so successful that Langage Farm secured a £4.2million deal with a major supermarket as a result.
The three reports below (produced by the Heart of the SW Local Enterprise Partnership (HOTSW LEP), CaSE and the National Centre for Universities and Business) mention the impact of PEMC's work with industry.