The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has finalised a 2m development that aims to broaden the reach of printed electronics.
The Integrated Smart Systems (ISS) facility, which is based at the group's National Printable Electronics Centre in Sedgefield, can deliver printed electronics in a traditional pressroom.
Central to the site's development is a £1.5m Nilpeter press, which can handle substrates in thicknesses from 25-370microns.
The machine was the focal point of a tender for a new printing press last year, in which the company required a narrow web reel-to-reel machine capable of taking paper, light cartonboard, plastics, unsupported films, foils and self-adhesive label stocks.
CPI said the printed electronics facility proves that commercially available technology is capable of producing electronics for applications such as point-of-sale material, toys, games and packaging.
At present, the production line at ISS can output demonstration units and printed electronic prototypes, which print firms, brand owners and creative houses can further develop.
ISS programme manager Bela Green said: "There is almost a limitless number of applications for interactive print, and as an open access facility, the ISS line represents an excellent opportunity for clients to become familiar with the technology before being trained on how to implement it.
"Alternatively, they can utilise the expertise that CPI has on offer and allow us to lead on projects – it is a flexible set-up that can significantly benefit companies looking to capitalise on printable electronics."
In addition, CPI is running a workshop for north east-based SMEs on 19 July in a bid to introduce businesses to the technology and its development potential.