Universities offer technical support

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Firms from the Sheffield region are being urged to tap into the nano and micro technology expertise at six Yorkshire universities to help them develop new products or processes.

The Nanofactory (www.nanofactory.org.uk) initiative brings together scientists from Sheffield’s two universities and the universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds and York to provide free advice designed to help companies to overcome technical challenges and give their products an edge.

“In the current economic climate, many companies are looking to introduce new products to remain competitive, especially compared with foreign firms,” says Nanofactory director Professor Simon Biggs.

“We are really looking to work in partnership with our local companies to develop new R&D and to get new technologies out of the region’s universities and into production in our local companies.”

The Nanofactory project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, which is making a £2.5 million investment in the project.