A North East entrepreneur has invented a new wireless lighting system that is opening doors for the region's manufacturing capabilities.
Richard Liddle, 35, of County Durham has been working on the research and development of Crypsis Lighting with a small technical team over the past few years.
The new technology is a wireless, low voltage LED light source which can be repositioned and dimmed within a transparent glass panel using an external magnetic control puck.
Liddle said: “Museum cases with cable, rod and wire systems can be cumbersome and move away from the products on display. As museums have a lot of fine works, they need a delicate lighting system to maintain their integrity. We’ve been very lucky to work with local innovative companies such as Mapp Systems of Tynemouth, Cleveland Circuits in Redcar, Teesside-based electronic design company, 4C Electronics and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in County Durham. Although it looks very simple, we are actually bending the laws of physics with this product which is patent protected worldwide. Interest is really starting to grow. I’ve been fortunate enough to assemble an innovative team of regional experts in electronics, mathematics, engineering and design to work with me in developing the Crypsis technology, and due to this local support, I think it’s important the region benefits from its further development, manufacture and commercial exploitation.”
The lighting system was launched last year in partnership with Meyvaert, a glass engineering manufacturer in Belgium at museum tradeshow Exponatec in Cologne where it attracted global attention.
Liddle said: “The company employs six people and aims to commercialise the technology invented by my company Cohda Design in 2003. Going forward, Crypsis Lighting will manage the supply chain of innovation, design, assembly and manufacture of products worldwide.”
Liddle is in talks to secure a base at NetPark in Sedgefield, County Durham in order to grow turnover 100% by 2015. He also hopes to double the number of staff working for him.
He said: “We’d like the region to be the main base for the technology and manufacture of the product. With all the components and parts already being manufactured regionally, we are looking at setting up links from the design company side with regional organisations looking at product development. The majority of our work lies outside the region, a lot comes from Hong Kong and Europe. It seems a shame to be missing out on more regionally-based opportunities.”
Liddle has high hopes for the firm’s future. He said: “We have taken on a distributor in France who wants to show off expensive parfums and fine goods in the perfect light. We are also looking at interior design, exhibition design, museum, architecture and contemporary lighting markets.”
The entrepreneur hopes to attract more interest after the technology is showcased for the first time in the UK at the Architect@Work event in London this month. He said: “We hope it will help us with business opportunities, new markets and sectors. There is a potential to evolve and there are around half a dozen applications that we are targeting.”