North of Scotland KTP Centre

Robert Gordon University University Highlands and Islands University of Aberdeen James Hutton Institute Abertay UniversityUniversity of Dundee

Current KTP Projects

ABERDEEN AND GRAMPIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

British Chambers of Commerce support and promote business communities across the UK. AGCC has over 1,000 member organisations in addition to a much wider customer and stakeholder base across Aberdeen City and Shire. Robert Gordon University's Creative and Cultural Business School was recently awarded a Management KTP to help AGCC's workforce to develop the skills and understanding necessary to extract intelligence from its existing data, refine data collection and help the organisation deliver effective digital transformation to its membership support activities.

ABERDEEN HARBOUR BOARD

Aberdeen Harbour is the oldest business in the UK and the premier energy industry port in Scotland, with an expansion underway to facilitate renewables and cruise liners. Aberdeen Harbour is collaborating with Robert Gordon University's School of Computing to create a digital system to replace existing decision-making infrastructure, promoting efficiency and profitability and safeguarding against knowledge loss through imminent retirements.

 

ACCORD ENERGY SOLUTIONS LTD

Accord Energy Solutions Ltd are an independent, specialist consultancy providing commercial and operational support to international oil and gas companies, helping clients to realise the true fiscal value of their produced hydrocarbons by providing them with integrated hydrocarbon accounting solutions. Their second KTP is underway with Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing to research, develop, evaluate and implement an innovative Bayesian-based data reconciliation and Gross Error Detection approach for hydrocarbon allocation and attribution using cloud-based software.

AGRICO UK LTD

Agrico UK hold the UK licence to produce, multiply and market seed potato varieties bred by Agrico BV, their Dutch parent company. They work with potato growers throughout the UK to produce certified basic seed potato crops and sell to export and UK home trade customers. In collaboration with Abertay University's Division of Engineering and Food Science, they will design, develop, deploy and evaluate artificial intelligence solutions for gathering data from sensory evaluation home use tests, to optimise selection of new potato varieties, based on acceptable attributes of taste combined with agronomic properties.

AISUS OFFSHORE LTD

AISUS pioneer autonomous inspection technologies and service solutions for the Oil & Gas industry, providing not only the engineers and services to carry out remote inspection but also bespoke tools. They are partnering with Robert Gordon University's School of Computing to create an intelligent data-driven platform utilising images, ultrasonic scans & other data captured by these tools to provide operators with more accurate assessment and predictions of wall loss rate, corrosion and fatigue of offshore assets.

COLBEGGIE FRUITS LTD

Colbeggie Fruits are an innovative soft fruit product supplier, with a packhouse packing several hundreds of tonnes of strawberries and raspberries annually, and biomass boilers heating polytunnels for out-of-season fruit production. They are collaborating on a KTP with Abertay University's Division of Engineering and Food Science to recover bioactive compounds from out-grade fruits for use as a value-adding ingredient in a number of food industries.

DAVIDSON BROTHERS (SHOTTS) LTD

Davidsons is a self-funding, family-run business and is the largest manufacturer of ruminant animal feeds in Scotland. James Hutton Institute’s Environmental and Biochemical Sciences department is working on a KTP with Davidsons to develop novel animal feeds by adding edible UK seaweeds to improve their nutritional status, health and value.

DEAN'S OF HUNTLY LTD

 

ELASMOGEN LTD

Elasmogen is a privately held biopharmaceutical company in Aberdeen, developing a pipeline of soloMER protein drug products (biologics) for the treatment of inflammatory disease. They are teaming up with University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences to develop the knowledge and capability to design, construct and test new and efficacious bi-specific drugs for liver disease, a ‘silent epidemic’ driven by growing levels of obesity and diabetes.

ENTEROBIOTIX LTD

EnteroBiotix is dedicated to developing and advancing novel treatments for gastric disorders that enable the modulation of the bacterial communities within the gut. University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute and EnteroBiotix are working to develop technology to scale up production of live donor-sourced bacteria, supporting manufacture of novel medicinal products to prevent and treat disease.

 

GLOBAL DESIGN INNOVATION LTD

 

GOURMETS CHOICE LTD

 

 

HARPER UK LTD

 

HARRIS TWEED HEBRIDES LTD

 

INTELLIGENT GROWTH SOLUTIONS LTD

Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) was founded in 2013 to make vertical farming commercially viable at scale by combining automation, smart LED lighting and power management in a modular unit for the first time. They are working with the James Hutton Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences department on a KTP to develop the capacity to control plant-microbe interactions within the IGS system, to optimise crop production by reducing waste through spoilage and generate a risk framework for ensuring future food safety compliance.

 

KISHORN INSTALLATIONS LTD

 

MOOR INSTRUMENTS LTD

Moor Instruments is a medical device manufacturer, specializing in the development of monitoring & imaging products for blood flow & tissue oxygen measurements in the microcirculation. The University of Dundee and Moor are partnering to develop an innovative medical device for optical imaging of blood flow during keyhole surgery to improve patient outcomes.

 

MOTIVE OFFSHORE LTD

 

NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND

National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is a conservation charity whose key objectives include the protection and care of Scotland’s heritage and the creation of an efficient and sustainable business that supports their conservation needs. In collaboration with NTS, Inverness College UHI is undertaking a KTP to apply new technologies to land management at Mar Lodge Estate in the Cairngorms National Park.

OPTIMAL ASSET MAINTENANCE SOLUTIONS LTD

Optimal provide physical asset management consultancy services targeted at the mining industry, and are partnering on two KTPs with the North of Scotland KTP Centre. The first is with the University of Aberdeen's School of Engineering to develop a data library and service tool for physical asset reliability optimisation in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. The second is a Management KTP with Robert Gordon University's Aberdeen Business School to apply design thinking to drive strategic growth, embedding new business processes and developing a customer-centric culture to streamline service delivery.

RUBBERATKINS LTD

Rubberatkins develop and supply rubber elastomeric sealing components and Engineering plastics for use in the Oil and Gas industry, and also supply a number of products to the Aerospace and Petrochemical industries. They are working with Robert Gordon University’s School of Engineering to develop an in-house capability to characterise the extrusion of elastomers at the nano-scales structural level to drive scientifically led new product design and development.

STIRLING POTATOES LTD

Stirling Potatoes Ltd is a family business which prepares root vegetables grown on their own and local farms, supplying public sector organisations and supermarkets with the best quality Scottish produce under the brand name Stirfresh. They are undertaking a KTP with Abertay University’s Division of Engineering and Food Science to develop innovative new products and packaging solutions which optimise the use of fresh vegetable produce and extend shelf-life to enable wider market reach while reducing food wastage.

TILHILL FORESTRY LTD

Tilhill Forestry has been in the forest management industry for nearly 70 years and is involved in all aspects of the timber chain. They are partering with Inverness College UHI to develop and deliver a unique decision support system, enabling the company to both optimise the standing timber crop’s conversion into logs during tree harvesting operations, and maximise the high-value sawn timber products cut from these logs at the sawmill.

THE TURBO GUY LTD

The Turbo Guy is a supplier and remanufacturer of turbochargers to the automotive trade. They are partnering with Abertay University’s Dundee Business School on a KTP project to develop and implement a bespoke remanufacturing process whilst developing new BSI/ISO quality standards, allowing a transformation of business productivity and significantly larger market opportunities.

VERTEBRATE ANTIBODIES LTD

Vertebrate Antibodies is a biotech company developing high quality reagents for complex human targets and commercial veterinary species. They recently began their second KTP with the University of Aberdeen, partnering with the School of Biological Sciences to develop a variety of fish health assays for the monitoring of infection, vaccine efficacy and fish health biomarkers in aquaculture.