Updated directory shows growth in local tech firms
The 2014 Advanced Technology Directory recently issued by the Champaign County Economic Development Corp. lists about 150 companies, up from 87 companies in 2010, the previous time the directory was revised.
If there's any doubt about the demand for computer programming skills, look at the number of companies that fall into the software/information technology sector: 64 this year.
That's far more than the next closest sectors — 15 in scientific consulting, 14 in advanced materials, 13 in biotechnology, 10 in hardware/electronics and nine in life sciences.
Other sectors represented in the directory include: health care and pharmaceuticals, clean technologies, advanced manufacturing, aeronautics and defense and agriculture.
The online directory includes brief descriptions of each company as well as its web address. Unlike the previous version, it does not include street addresses, phone numbers or the number of local employees.
To illustrate the diversity of technologies represented, here's a sampling of "advanced-materials" companies and their specialties:
— Autonomic Materials: Coatings that heal themselves when damaged.
— Eden Park Illumination:Thin-panel microplasma lighting systems.
— Electroninks:Reactive silver inks.
— NanoSi Advanced Technology:Silicon nanoparticles.
— Serionix:Water purification and sensing systems.
— Silverscreen: Technology that extends milk's shelf life.