Innovation in Tees Valley has made its mark across the world. The strength of our skills base, coupled with a spirit of inventiveness, has long given us an outstanding reputation for engineering and manufacturing excellence


Now, with the massive potential offered by emerging sectors such as digital, biologics and healthcare, significant new opportunities are opening up for the area. We have a number of key innovation assets that make Tees Valley a great place to trade, partner and invest in.

TWI (The Welding Institute)

TWI (The Welding Institute) is the leading professional engineering institution for the registration of people involved with welding and joining all over the world. It exists to support welding and joining personnel, to promote the profession and its importance in today’s world, and to secure its place in the future.

TWI’s research and development work covers a wide range of technologies for industry sectors including oil and gas, chemical, power and transport. Services include materials characterisation and modelling for safety critical applications on structures and welds, surface and coatings technologies, fitness-for service assessments and additive manufacturing simulation support.

Materials Processing Institute

The Materials Processing Institute is a not-for-profit research and innovation centre with a 75-year track record in developing new materials, processes and technologies.

The Institute is a globally recognised centre for the innovation, development and commercialisation of technology for advanced materials, low-carbon energy and the circular economy. This is delivered by scientists, engineers and project teams with expertise in materials science and advanced processing, utilising state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories, workshops, demonstration, scale-up and production facilities to develop technology, enhance materials and improve processes.

Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is an open-access, independent innovation centre that supports the development of the UK process industry and UK manufacturing. CPI provides state-of-the-art facilities and market knowledge to assist businesses of all sizes in efficiently delivering innovations as market-ready solutions. This reduces the risks that come with developing new concepts, giving businesses the best chance of success.

National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (CPI)

As part of the UK Government’s Strategy for Life Sciences, CPI was selected to be the home of the £38million National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, allowing UK companies to develop a competitive foothold in the biologics market.

At the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre, CPI combines state of the art facilities and technical expertise to support the growth and development of the UK biologics industry and supply chain.

Teesside University and DigitalCity

Based at Teesside University, DigitalCity is a partnership between the University and the Tees Valley Combined Authority and is designed to work with businesses to stimulate digital innovation, growth and investment.

DigitalCity is dedicated to the digital transformation of Tees Valley. It has an established track record of driving innovation and supporting digital growth in the region and has received national recognition for its contribution to economic growth in the area.

Teesside University is a driving force behind the digital transformation of the Tees Valley’s economy and plays a vital role in connecting the region to new opportunities and networks.

National Horizons Centre

The National Horizons Centre is a £22million state-of-the-art bioscience education, training, research and innovation facility that directly addresses the growth potential in the life sciences sector. It will specialise in providing the full range of skills for the biosciences sector and in applying digital technologies to improve performance and productivity and foster breakthrough ideas.


Fuse is a virtual centre operating across five universities in the North East, including Teesside. It is only one of five Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in the UK with the aim to deliver world-class public health research.

The focus of Fuse is about working with policy makers and practitioners, enabling research findings to be understood and applied to public health issues, for example diet and exercise and socio-economic inequalities.

Learning, Research and Innovation

Innovation is based at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, and forms part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Institute brings together all of the Trust’s learning, research, training development functions into one.

It has established partnerships with a wide range of local, regional, national and international organisations including primary and secondary care strategic partners, universities and other academic partners, pharmaceutical companies, private industry, voluntary sector, charitable sector and awarding bodies.

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