Case Studies

Dunnet Bay Distillers

Dunnet Bay Distillers

Food & Drink Standard Innovation Vouchers

With support from a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher, Dunnet Bay Distillers collaborated with Heriot-Watt University to generate recipe and process methodology for both a seaweed vodka and seaweed gin.  They then went on to work with the University of Aberdeen, the University of Strathclyde, Edinburgh Napier University and the University of the Highlands and Islands on various projects partnered by Interface.

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Marine Biopolymers Ltd

Marine Biopolymers Ltd had developed a new process for the manufacture of alginate, a key component of brown seaweeds which when transformed into sodium alginate is used in consumer products including ice-cream and olive oil spread. Realising the product's potential for global food and pharmaceutical industries, Interface matched the company with the Univeristy of Strathclyde and the Univeristy of Edinburgh in order to carry out laboratory scale feasibility testing.

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Highland Fine Cheeses

Looking to develop and launch a new product for the snack market, Tain based Highland Fine Cheeses approached Interface for expert industry guidance. Following an introduction by Interface to the University of Abertay, the company were able to carry out the necessary research. This successful partnership has resulted in the company being approached by a significant supermarket buyer.

 

 

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Gill Orde In Catering

Gill Orde in Catering Ltd, based in Kelso, in the heart of the Scottish Borders, was developing an innovative online software programme to fulfill the need for a documented food safety management system which would help catering companies deal with the ongoing demands of European food legislation. In order to prove that the system could be commercially successful, Interface linked Gill up with the University of Strathclyde.

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Seeking Simplicity Ltd

Seeking Simplicity, a product design company in the bottle recycling sector, were looking to address the mileage covered from collection to bulking stations. Requiring a prototype, they got in touch with Interface who in turn connected them with Heriot-Watt University.

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Robop

Robop

Robop is a unique approach to bird control. Designed to mimic a peregrine falcon in all aspects of sound and movement, it's purpose is to act as a deterrent to other birds on buildings and farmland alike. Keen to ensure Robop was as effective as possible, founder Bob McIntyre contacted Interface who put him in touch with the University of St Andrew's Dr Will Cresswell, an expert in the behavioural ecology of birds.

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Replin

Replin

Replin, the Peebles based materials manufacturer, supplies the international aviation market. Realising the trend towards 'smart' textiles was a key development area they sought out Interface to link them with industry academics to keep them competitive. Their relationship with Robert Gordon University has been a success with the University using their expertise to help the company recruit for product development.

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Scotland

Quality Scotland

Keen to develop an e-learning tool to take their quality management service to rural communities, Quality Scotland asked Interface to source key expertise from Scotland's universities. Interface connected the company with industry leaders North Highland College who have developed with them new materials perfectly suited to their new target market.

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The Medical Device Company

The Medical Device Company specialise in helping clients in the plastics and disposable medical device industry take their ideas from initial concept to production. One of their clients needed a product outside their remit and so the company faced a potentially expensive product development process in an unknown field. Using their current research Napier University were able to save the company time and money by quickly directing them to a more effective industry solution.

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Kodak

Industry giant Kodak remain market leader in a constantly changing photographic industry by investing heavily in leading research and development. They teamed up with Interface, who linked them with the University of Glasgow, in order to access the breadth of skills available in Scotland's world class academic institutions.

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Kanthal

The world's leading manufacturer of resistance heating elements generating, measuring and controlling the heat in all types of household appliances - your kettle and fridge to name just two, Kanthal realised that in order to remain so they would need to research more innovative ways to increase the bending strength of their product. Such is the technical accuracy required of these products and associated testing, Interface were ideally placed to find an academic solution and subsequently linked the company with Edinburgh Napier University.

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