PRI, developers of computerised electronic meters and related software and winners of the Corporate Exporter of the Year in the £5 million to £25 million export turnover category at the 2005 International Business Awards, has expanded its R&D capability in the UK with the opening of a new R&D facility based in Blackburn, Lancashire.

The purpose of the new facility is to undertake pre-development projects for smart metering applications. The company regards new technology as key to its continued success and identified the need for a dedicated centre to allow technological developments to progress unencumbered by other core business development activities, ensuring rapid and focused projects. PRI has a team of over 300 development engineers around the world, including India, Sweden, and the UK.