NEPIC (The North East Process Industry Cluster)
NEPIC is an organisation that represents the 500+ Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Speciality, Polymer & Rubber, Petrochemical & Commodity Chemical companies based in North East England. The combined economic power of these companies and their importance to North East England cannot be over emphasised. They generate in excess of £10bn of sales and is 30% of the region's industrial base, employing abut 40,000 people directly and impacting indirectly on the income of a further 200,000.
Furthermore, there are at least an equal number of companies in the supply chain of these industries based in this region making this a major economic Cluster. NEPIC companies have significant presence in all sub regions of North East England – Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Teesside.
NEPIC member companies are currently investing a further £7bn into the region by 2015. This expansion, together with the current demographics within the sector requires the industry to attract some 16,000 new employees into the sector. Through NEPIC the region's process industry companies are working to promote the attractiveness of this sector as a career opportunity and develop new routes to obtain a career in this well paid sector.
NEPIC also promotes the capability of the region and its industry and acts as a knowledgeable partner to help companies in the sector and its supply chain with their new investments. The cluster can provide high quality advice on how to gain public sector funding for investment and R&D projects. It has also built up the trust amongst its members to be the channel through to engage in benchmarking and best practice advice on many operational issues. Efficiency improvement programmes operated by the Cluster has helped the region secure jobs and delivered several millions of pounds of bottom line benefits to members.
Over the past twelve months membership of NEPIC has grown considerably, we now have approximately 500 members companies, making by far and away the strongest, most influential body this region's process sector has ever seen.
NEPIC’s success has been achieved because it is a true cluster, the European Union Cluster Publication stated that:
"Clusters are groups of inter-related industries that drive wealth creation in a region. Often they represent the entire value chain of a broadly defined industry from suppliers to end products, and are interconnected by the flow of goods and services throughout this chain".
This is a true reflection of NEPIC as we strive to ensure that the region's manufacturing and supply chain companies work together to increase their profitability through sharing best practice, overcoming common obstacles and threats, and in doing so adding to the regional economy.