The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC)
The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) is a world leading research and development centre for advanced manufacture by printing. It has comprehensive printing facilities with ink and coating development capacity, which are unique in Europe. The open access facilities and expertise of WCPC are already addressing the UK’s ability to exploit its indigenous research, providing support for innovative businesses through the transition from being primarily R&D focused to launching pilot manufacturing lines.
The Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) is a long established research centre within the Swansea University and is an integral part of the College of Engineering. It has an International reputation in fundamental and applied research into printing as a manufacturing process. The WCPC has a unique expertise that includes the fundamental understanding of the physics of the full range of volume printing processes, printing of functional materials, manufacturing process development and production optimisation. Research on fundamental aspects has been recognised by prestigious EPSRC Platform and Portfolio awards and a record of technology transfer into industry through winning the 2009 EU Regiostars competition. Printing is also a core technology in the development of advanced point of care sensing and devices for medical application, such as scaffolding for supporting cell growth. WCPC has research laboratories dedicated to developing health applications of printing as part of the Swansea University Centre for Nano Health.
WCPC supports companies across the UK and Europe, contributing to the manufacturing economy.