Monday, 09 August 2010
McDonald Engineers, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of copper hot water cylinders, has embarked upon a two year KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) with Strathclyde University as the company looks to enhance its position in the energy market. The partnership will enable McDonald Engineers to call upon the extensive knowledge and practical industry experience of the University's team and in return will offer its insight into the commercial pressures that are prevalent in the construction and energy markets. The company has joined forces with the university's Advanced Forming Research Centre to initially examine ways in which McDonald Engineers can streamline its production facility. And whilst one aim of the project is to improve quality and lead times in the company's production facility, a key outcome will be the launch of an exciting new product which will open up new doors for McDonald Engineers. Managing Director of McDonald Engineers, Bill Stewart, explained, "We have a long and proud history as one of the leading manufacturers of superior quality hot water cylinders. Our partnership with Strathclyde University enables us to tap into an incredible resource that allows us access to techniques and strategies from some of the top companies in the world." Bill continued, "This is a tremendously exciting period for the company as we look to build on over 65 years of success as a family owned and managed business. I have no doubt this partnership will ensure our success continues for many generations to come." The partnership will be led by Graham Smyth, who has been appointed as KTP Associate to project manage the venture and will be based at McDonald Engineers' Glenrothes headquarters. Graham has joined McDonald Engineers after spending 2 successful years as a Design Engineer in the Irish quarry industry. Graham said, "One of McDonald Engineers' key strengths is the passion every member of the team has for delivering a quality product and a world class service. Their willingness to embrace new ideas and tackle challenges head on is exactly what is needed when you take on a project like this and I am delighted to be involved." For more information on the range of products and services offered by McDonald Engineers visit www.mcdonald-engineers.com or contact their technical sales team on 01592 611123.