H&R ChemPharm (UK) Ltd

 

KTP with H&R

KTP has the right chemistry for success

H&R ChemPharm, based in Tipton, West Midlands, are one of the UK’s key oil and wax blenders. H&R offer an unparalleled service in the supply of Cable Compounds, Blended Wax, Wax Emulsions, Process Oils, Personal Care Materials and Water Blocking Compounds.

 

Challenge

In order to both maintain and develop its market position, the company highlighted the need to explore new market opportunities and product streams. One area identified was the application of Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP), to coat yarns and non-woven fabric tape to create water swellable cable wraps; however, without a detailed scientific knowledge of the application and the constraints placed on the SAP this would be difficult to achieve.

Significant insight was also needed in the development of wax emulsions for applications within the board and insulation manufacturing sectors, along with wax specifically for equestrian track surfaces and arenas.

Solution

Nnamdi Amatobi, a Master of Research graduate in Polymer Science and Technology, was taken on by the company as a KTP Associate, working as a Product Development Chemist.

Results

  • Company now have a deeper understanding of the science behind its superabsorbent polymers.
  • Sahara coated geotextile used to reinstate dam in North Wales.
  • Sahara coated geotextile used to line the Montgomery Canal.
  • Emulsions products for glass wool insulation, wood products, equestrian surface applications and gypsum slurries.
  • Company won Business Innovation Award at the Express and Star Business Awards in 2012 for Sahara.
  • Associate offered permanent job within the company.

In their words

Neil Redpath, Product Development Manager

"The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) has brought added value to our new product development process and has enabled us to strengthen our position in two key sectors for our business, achieved through the launch of a number of new products and the additional development of an existing product for new market areas."

Nnamdi Amatobi, KTP Associate

"My KTP experience involving the University of Wolverhampton and H&R ChemPharm has been very enriching and rewarding, with successful outcomes for all stakeholders."

Professor Craig Williams, Lead Academic

"Much of the success of the KTP was due to the excellent working relationship between the Associate, H&R ChemPharm and the academic team from the University.  By the end of the project, the company had a deeper understanding of the basic chemistry of their products and also two new innovative products that could be taken to the market place."

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