To us, innovation is more than just a clever piece of technology or a well designed product. In fact, most problems have a potential solution already available – just in a different sector, or applied in a different way. This is why innovation thrives where cross-sector knowledge meets technical diversity.
Our multi-sector experience complements that of our clients, allowing us to explore potential solutions and their market fit, in order to develop winning products and engineering solutions. Sometimes they can be simple and sometimes they can be complex. Although our in-house technical breadth allows solutions to be worked up from scratch, we do not always seek to ‘re-invent the wheel’. We evaluate and adapt existing technology when appropriate and license in external technology to complement our own.
Mitigating elevated risk at the pre-concept stage is crucial. Faced with uncertain requirements and uncertain solutions, we undertake applied research, often involving experimental activity. We draw upon knowledge from successful approaches in other sectors as well as commercially available components and modules to help rationalise and solidify concepts that are likely to succeed. We then enter the development phase.
In addition, to underpin our long term ability to innovate, we work with a range of Universities on lower TRL (Technology Readiness Level) activity, through the funding of specific academic led projects and PhD sponsorships.