Investment boost sparks R&D plan

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Process plant automation specialist Knight Warner has unveiled plans to expand its research and development activities.

The Chesterfield company recently secured significant funding from Enterprise Ventures and Turning Point Angel Investors.

It says it will use some of that cash to fund further ground breaking technological developments.

The company also plans to set up a department to develop prototypes, make models of conveyor layouts and assist in the testing pre-production concepts for the conveying, handling and robotic systems it supplies to sectors including the food and beverages, canning, steel, power, water and pharmaceuticals industries.

Managing director Kevin Parkin says the company is already looking for someone to help technical director Colin Powell with some of the new R&D activities it is planning to introduce.

“The ideal person would be a retired mechanical engineer, tool maker or maintenance engineer,” said Mr Parkin. “They must have stainless sheet metal experience and be able to make prototypes from sketches and design concepts.”