As a local authority, we’ve worked hard over the last two decades to diversify the local economy and invest in the regeneration of former industrial sites and in improvements to the surrounding infrastructure. As a result of this, plus public and private investment in innovation and R&D facilities and the formation of partnerships with local academia, Neath Port Talbot is now home to a number of centres of excellence. This means that businesses setting up here can take advantage of the considerable opportunities for knowledge transfer and collaboration on product development.
Key Centres of Excellence include:
- Steel and Metals Institute (SaMI) – Swansea University
- Advanced Engineering & Materials Research Institute (AEMRI) – Harbourside Business Park
- TWI Technology Centre (Wales) – Harbourside Business Park
- Engineering Research Centre of Excellence – Swansea University (Bay Campus)
- SPECIFIC: Buildings as Power Stations – Swansea University (Bay Campus)
- Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating – Swansea University (Bay Campus)
- Wales Centre for Advanced Batch Manufacture (CBM) – University of Wales Trinity St David (Swansea SA1 Campus)
- University of South Wales Hydrogen Centre – Baglan Energy Park
- Flexible Integrated Energy Systems (FLEXIS) – Cardiff University
- Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) – Swansea University (Bay Campus)
Neath Port Talbot is also the chosen location for the proposed Global Rail Centre of Excellence, a world-class rail testing facility which will provide a vital service to UK and international train manufacturers, network operators and the wider industry and supply chain.