A Manchester-based audio-visual specialist has won a nearly £250,000 grant to work on the development of a new, technology-stretching projector.

Middleton-based Digital Projection was awarded £237,762 from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) to research and construct an LED-based projector that offers brighter capabilities than current models.

The company said they would be focusing the money on improving the quality of LED-iluminated projectors to try to double their levels of light output. They also hope to be able to increase reliability and life-spans.

NWDA chief executive, Steven Broomhead, said, “I’m pleased that we’ve been able to provide support to such an innovative company that is not only technologically forward thinking, but also looking at environmentally-friendly methods of creating high-tech products.”

Digital Projection's director of product development, Dermot Quinn, said the grant would secure an unspecified number of jobs and create a number of new posts by 2013. The firm, which was set up in 1996, is also looking to sell the new product in Asia and the US.

He added, “This grant acts as a catalyst to help us to explore and take advantage of new and emerging solid state light sources. This will enable new applications of our projection technology at the same time as reducing the environmental impact of high brightness video projection.”