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|Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:57 am Post subject: Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating Opens in Swansea
|Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating at Swansea University Opens
by David Williamson
THE £1.8m Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating at Swansea University was yesterday launched as a hub for world-leading research.
Researchers will race to perfect technologies which today only exist in the realms of science fiction, such as roll-up televisions or e-newspapers which are updated as new stories come in.
Opening the new laboratories, Andrew Davies, Assembly Minister for Enterprise, Innovation & Networks, said, "Swansea, birthplace of the Technium network, is emerging as a major centre of innovation - with the world-class excellence of our university now contributing as never before to business competitiveness."
The facilities, based at the School of Engineering, will be used to pioneer new techniques in lighting and sensors.
It will create the potential for the volume manufacture of microscopic nanotechnology and has received backing from the Knowledge Exploitation Fund.
There is also a dedicated digital and colour science laboratory, developed through the European Regional Development Fund.
Traditional printing will also be taken further through a pilot ink-making plant where electronic testing and the study of how liquids flow will be carried out.
Funding for press design has come from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Tim Claypole, the centre's director, said, "The university has created bespoke laboratories and offices to enable us to continue to develop our international reputation. These new facilities, created with the support of funding from the Science Research Initiative Fund and the Welsh Assembly Government, put us in a strong position for the future development of printing for micro manufacture and graphics."
Professor Nigel Weatherill, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said, "This is an important development within the School of Engineering. We are already seeing the benefit of locating this dynamic group in the Multi-Disciplinary Nanotechnology Centre, as a number of new avenues of research in electronics, biotechnology and life sciences have been stimulated by the interaction between the researchers."
The centre will provide the industry with short courses and host sector-specific meetings.
The university's reputation for expertise in this area has heightened as former researchers have taken up senior positions around the world.
These include Mark Bohan, now Vice-President of Technology for the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, and Dr John Anderson, now Vice-President of the Flexographic Technical Association.
The university has attracted more than £30m in new research funding over the last year, which should create about 500 jobs in the next three years. It now offers around 500 undergraduate courses and 100 postgraduate options to more than 12,000 students.
This story was first posted on 11th October2006.