Light catering equipment specialists Mitchell & Cooper has opened a purpose-built research and development centre within its Uckfield-based factory.
The centre, which has already become the core hub of the factory, will be the catalyst for new product innovations, while 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 many recognisable brands from Mitchell & Cooper’s extensive light equipment portfolio, including its Bonzer can openers, as well as Mitchell & Cooper’s first in-house manufactured appliance, Crustastun, which it markets as the only humane way to despatch of lobsters and crabs.
The R&D centre will be led by Mitchell & Cooper’s design team, which is responsible for all product development.
Kat Cooper, co-owner and creative project director of Mitchell & Cooper, said: “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.”