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QUB helps 'transform' Canyon in partnership

A Co Antrim manufacturing company said its business was "transformed" after it collaborated with Queen's University.

Canyon Europe in Mallusk and Queen's won a major award after forming a knowledge transfer partnership with the university's polymer processing research centre.

The company, which makes trigger sprayers and dispensers, has boosted turnover from £9.5 million to £12m.

Through the partnership it reduced raw materials used in production and made improvements to tools, quality and processes.

The number of units manufactured annually also rose from 100m to 125m.

And the partnership won the business impact award as the business which benefited most from its KTP project at the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Awards in London.

Dr Mary Flynn, director of Queen's Knowledge Transfer Centre, said: "I am delighted that Canyon Europe is the inaugural recipient of this prestigious national award.

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"This partnership has proved extremely rewarding not only for Canyon but for the academic team and the KTP Associates who worked on the project.

"It is a shining example of what can be achieved through a knowledge transfer partnership with Queen's. It demonstrates how the benefits of knowledge transfer continue beyond the formal partnership."

Hugh Ross, managing director of Canyon Europe, said the partnership had transformed the business by allowing it to develop its capabilities.

"It has produced beneficial outcomes beyond our initial goals, established innovative research and development capabilities and a strong partnership with Queen's on other projects."