Special Interest Groups


Protecting Your Interests. Securing Our Future

We are continually addressing industry challenges and championing the sector to ensure the long-term sustainability of chemical-processing in the North East of England.
Through NEPIC’s Special Interest Groups we facilitate communities within the network to come together and advance critical areas of interest by understanding the challenges, identifying the opportunities and developing strategy and solutions that benefit the sector, the region and business.


Teesside Integrated Manufacturers

NEPIC’s Teesside Integrated Manufacturers special interest group focuses on the needs of those companies that share large scale and integrated units on Teesside. Together they focus on improving the competitiveness of the sites and region through intelligence, connectivity and communications.


Supply Chain & SME Development

Growing the region’s vibrant supply chain and SME community is a primary objective of the cluster. This important focus group acts as a forum for support and mentoring covering a broad range of activities including scale up, diversification, signposting, regulation, procurement and investment project opportunities.


Best Practice & Innovation

One of the major advantages of companies being in clusters is that their productivity can be enhanced via the sharing of best practice and innovations. Within a significant cluster such as ours, there are often world class examples of best practice in a variety of fields ranging from safe operation to process control. This SIG aims to make sure that there are opportunities for members to interact to share best practice and to learn about new innovations from supply chain companies, Universities and Research Technology Organisations.


Clean Growth

Clean Growth is a way to achieve economic growth, using clean technology, whilst protecting the environment. From an industrial perspective, we are dividing Clean Growth into two themes- decarbonisation and recycling. This group will focus on decarbonisation technologies including carbon capture, storage and utilisation, as well as the related ‘hydrogen economy’. They will also explore collaborative approaches to tackle recycling challenges – from plastics waste through to industrial symbiosis.


Best Practice & Innovation

One of the major advantages of companies being in clusters is that their productivity can be enhanced via the sharing of best practice and innovations. Within a significant cluster such as ours, there are often world class examples of best practice in a variety of fields ranging from safe operation to process control. This SIG aims to make sure that there are opportunities for members to interact to share best practice and to learn about new innovations from supply chain companies, Universities and Research Technology Organisations.


Communications & Engagement

The Communications & Engagement team will focus on industry-wide messaging – supporting Special Interest Groups with the development of narrative that can be adopted by all to greater effect. We will also work to bring communication professionals together to focus on developing a brighter future for our region, our businesses and each other through knowledge sharing, professional development, influence and collective content.


Future Leaders

The Future Leaders team are working to build a structure of support and networking for people in the Chemicals process industry and supply chain across the North East.
To ensure the sector remains sustainable it is vital that we support and develop a culture of excellence and create opportunities for the forthcoming generation of leaders and shapers of the chemicals industry to feel that they are part of this cluster. Future Leaders will build on the strong links of both the CIA and NEPIC in the region to reach out to all areas of the chemicals sector.

To find out more about our Special Interest Groups and how you can become involved, contact a member of the NEPIC team.

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