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Innovation In County Durham

Matching what's needed with what's possible.

Case Studies

Here in Durham we have some excellent examples of how businesses are using light to communicate, light to improve health, light to see the unseen and light to illuminate.

aXenic

aXenic

Monday, 07 December 2015

Have you ever wondered what happens as soon as you type in a Google search? Durham-based optics company, aXenic, is a business that provides a key part of the technological solution that tackles this challenge.

Thorn technology lights Wembley’s iconic arch

Thorn technology lights Wembley’s iconic arch

Monday, 07 December 2015

County Durham manufacturing giant Thorn Lighting has an international client base for its industry leading products – technological excellence which is bathing the world’s most famous football stadium in glorious colour.

Ibex Innovations  - X-ray technology

Ibex Innovations - X-ray technology

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A quest to develop technology that will reduce the amount of X-ray radiation dose significantly has set IBEX Innovations on a course to revolutionise the market.

PolyPhotonix - developing light therapy treatments

PolyPhotonix - developing light therapy treatments

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Founded in 2009, PolyPhotonix is a bio-photonic research company developing light therapy treatments for macular eye disease as well as other medical conditions.

Romag - using light to create power

Romag - using light to create power

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Romag, the oldest manufacturer of bespoke glass and solar products in the North East, transform traditional architectural spaces with beautiful modern coloured solar panels which utilise light to create power.

European Extremely Large Telescope - Durham University's CFAI

European Extremely Large Telescope - Durham University's CFAI

Monday, 15 June 2015

The first light from the European Extremely Large Telescope designed by the European Southern Observatory is due to take place in 2024, but much of the work on its optical technology has already started here in Durham.

Light Guided Welding

Light Guided Welding

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Most of us have probably never given much thought to how two metal pieces bind together, but it is an essential part of most things around us. From cars to skyscrapers, the science of welding has an influence on how strong and durable these structures are. This is why welding technology continues to be one area where innovation thrives.

MetroMail - personalised printing with light

MetroMail - personalised printing with light

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

MetroMail, one of the country's leading full service mailing houses and part of the Saga group, employs 220 people at its state-of-the-art facility in Seaham.

Orcalight - Light to Illuminate

Orcalight - Light to Illuminate

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Durham manufacturer - Orcalight – made a step change in the underwater lamp market the moment BAFTA and Emmy-award winning underwater cinematographer, Doug Anderson asked them, “Do you know what you have done?”, after trialing their new revolutionary product.

Imaging technology to spot early tooth decay

Imaging technology to spot early tooth decay

Monday, 16 February 2015

Nobody likes visiting the dentist but in a project led by Durham University, with dentists from Kings College London, novel methods of imaging early dental disease using light are being developed. 

Kromek - Light to see the unseen

Kromek - Light to see the unseen

Thursday, 29 January 2015

In Durham, we have an exciting company that uses digital colour x-ray and gamma ray detection and imaging to help us see what the naked eye cannot see.

Innovation News

NETPark based Filtronic bullish as development work rolls in

A TECHNOLOGY firm expects to bolster its industry standing after securing a raft of contracts. Show Details
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Innovation Case Studies

Bioforce North East

Bioforce North East, a wood fuel business in the east of County Durham with Show Details
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Useful Events

VentureFest 2017 - helping businesses to grow through innovation.

VentureFest North East is a free, full-day event focussing on how businesses can grow Show Details
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Commercial Property In County Durham

See map below for Business Durham’s commercial properties.