NEPIC is an award winning membership organisation working with the chemical-using industries in the North East of England. Privately-owned and led by industry, we work to support our member companies to become successful and sustainable organisations in a collaborative business environment that helps them to grow.
We cover a broad sweep of chemistry focussed industries including petrochemicals, polymers & materials, fine & speciality chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and renewables – and with our members and industry leads, work to build upon the already powerful industrial base located here to make this region one of the most competitive and successful chemical-processing locations in Europe.
Formed in 2004, NEPIC was the result of the merger of two industry bodies – the Teesside Chemical Initiative, who represented the heavy base chemical in the south of the region, and the P&S Cluster who worked with the pharmaceutical and life science businesses that were predominately based towards the north.
Steered by Michael Porter’s theory of clustering for competitive advantage, NEPIC’s remit was clear – reconnect the fragmented industrial sectors – a result of ICI’s exit from the region in the late 90’s – and create an industrial powerhouse to rival all other global locations.
In 2014, NEPIC was the first UK cluster to receive the GOLD standard ESCA accreditation for cluster excellence and our chief executive, In 2016, we reported £3.5 billion of Gross Value Added to the region through our activities since NEPIC’s inception.