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Invertec, CPI and Business Durham

Born from an exciting and innovative collaboration between Invertec, CPI, (Centre for Process Innovation) and Business Durham comes a new cutting edge lighting product specifically developed to comply with the high standards of the transport industry both in the UK and worldwide markets.

Invertec based in County Durham is renowned globally as a leading design and manufacturing facility of lighting and interior systems, exporting to 20 countries worldwide. They have created a niche by catering their product and expertise towards the public transport and commercial vehicle industries. 

The new product which is an illuminated centre ceiling panel emits a bath of homogenous light through the vehicle and spans the entire width of the centre ceiling. Said product was displayed on both Scania and Invertec’s stands at Busworld in Kortrik on October 18th 2017.

Ian King Sales Director at Invertec explained: “We are constantly looking for innovative and new ways to improve and develop our products to ensure we remain at the pinnacle of our respective field. Caroline Taukulis from Business Durham introduced us to CPI who immediately suggested quick and effective improvements, which are now being tested for certification for export to Europe.”

Ian Smith from CPI said: “CPI’s remit is to help companies particularly SMEs to develop new products through new materials or improved processing of materials. Our collaboration with Invertec has helped them with one product and we hope to develop an on-going relationship with them and global partners to continue to introduce new innovations.”

Caroline Taukulis Business Durham added: “Business Durham’s role is to help connect innovation services providers like CPI with local companies. Invertec is a growing business in both the rail and bus sector, by bringing Invertec together with CPI I knew that technical solutions could be found to support further business growth.”

Ian King continued by saying: “Invertec found working with Business Durham and CPI very straight forward. They understood our business and came up with manufacturing focused solutions very quickly, this helps us gain a competitive advantage and grow our lighting business. I found them to be very credible partners.”


Invertec export to over 13 European countries and 7 worldwide, with over 30 % of their turnover generated through export. This collaboration enabled Invertec to differentiate their lighting products within the market and adapt them to international market needs.