The Landscape Explained: The North East’s Thriving Process Cluster


Philip AldridgeChief Executive Officer - North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC)

Time & Location

Wednesday: 13.00 to 13.20, Stage 1

The North East is home to the largest single cluster of process, chemicals and energy companies anywhere in the UK, and the second largest in the whole of Europe. Together the multinational companies, that call the North East their home, manufacture 50 per cent of UK foundation chemicals and a third of UK pharmaceuticals – bringing more than £2.1 billion of value to the region each year. They are the industry of industries, employing 39,000 people locally. Tens of thousands of jobs within the region’s downstream chemical-using industries – including healthcare, electronics, automotive and textiles – rely on its continued success too.

NEPIC, the North East Process Industry Cluster, represents this vital sector. Established in 2005, we work to ensure industry thrives in our region – and that there are investments, innovations and a collaborative network that will create jobs and opportunities long into the future. Fifteen years on, NEPIC have developed a network of hundreds of member companies who work together to do business, showcase best practice, tackle challenges – and ultimately help one another grow and retain value within the region.

Speaker Bio:

NEPIC is led by CEO, Philip Aldridge. Before being appointed Chief Executive in April 2018, Philip worked with NEPIC for 6 years helping deliver ERDF projects and support pharmaceutical members. Prior to his time with the Cluster, Philip held roles at the Centre of Excellence in Life Sciences and technical management positions within GSK in the UK and US. With extensive pharmaceutical process development and manufacturing experience in the fields of antibiotics and biopharmaceuticals, Philip holds a first degree in Biochemistry, a masters in Biochemical Engineering and is a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.