Light catering equipment specialist, Mitchell & Cooper, has created a purpose-built research and development centre within its Uckfield-based factory.
The centre, which has already become the core hub of the factory, is aimed at being the catalyst for new product innovations, whilst also being the test bed for products in the final stages of development.
In addition, it will provide the company with a facility to put all products through their paces, as it did recently when a range of the new Bonzer portion control tools were operated 500,000 times in order to prove their ongoing accuracy and durability.
The R&D centre will feature brands from Mitchell & Cooper’s light equipment portfolio, including Bonzer can openers, as well as the firm’s first in-house manufactured appliance, Crustastun, an appliance to despatch of lobsters and crabs in a humane way.
Led by Mitchell & Cooper’s all-female design team, who are responsible for all of the company’s product development, the R&D centre will work behind the scenes to obtain expert knowledge which can be applied to the portfolio of products and services.
Co-owner and creative project director at Mitchell & Cooper, Kat Cooper, explained: “At Mitchell & Cooper, we are constantly looking for ways of improving existing products, as well as creating exciting new product developments.
“New product development is a huge process which requires copious amounts of trials and testing. From initial concepts of new product lines, to the technical feasibility, safety and usability of products, each step of the process presents its own challenges.
“Our new R&D centre will therefore act as the hub for product analysis, exploration and experimentation to ensure that we continue to manufacture high quality, durable, British-designed and built equipment which has been put through vigorous testing before going to market.”