Engineering design business set for further growth

K&T Designs, an engineering design consultancy service in the North West has received Invest Northern Ireland support to further develop its business in key markets, including the Republic of Ireland.

K&T Designs, which was formed in February 2008, is based at Glenshane Enterprise Centre in Dungiven and specialises in new product design services from concept through to full production designs.

Through K&T Designs, clients have access to a partner with the key skills, expertise, knowledge and flexibility needed to develop innovative products for their target markets.

To further assist their clients with their product development, K&T Designs has access to a number of sources of funding for concept designs that show good commercial feasibility.

The company’s design studio is equipped with the latest three dimensional computer aided design (3D-CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software. The marketing and design manager, John Chaney, and his design team have extensive experience in many areas, including, aerospace, automotive, mechanical products, injection moulding and sheet metal design.

K&T Designs also has well-established and longstanding relationships with the academic and technical staff at the University of Ulster and Letterkenny Institute of Technology. The company is currently assisting a number of local engineering companies with a variety of design projects.

With an investment of £369,000 and Export Start support of £50,000 from Invest NI, company director Thomas Brady, an experienced product designer, and managing director Kevin Lynch, a successful local entrepreneur, will provide eight high tech jobs over the next two years.

Mr Brady, commenting on the business, said: “Companies increasingly recognise the need to invest in new products to set themselves apart from competitors, particularly with today’s extremely difficult market conditions. Finding a steady hand to guide you when bringing new ideas to fruition is always a challenge as is funding the development process.

“We can offer small to medium sized enterprises, access to all the key areas in their new product development, including technology, experience, possible funding and a guiding hand to enhance the performance of their company. Our strong technical background enables us to quickly understand our customer needs and efficiently meet their specific individual requirements.

“We provide cost effective expert services in new product development in a number of areas, particularly in the agri-engineering and light engineering sectors. Feedback from our target markets has been excellent.

“We have also benefited enormously from the support and guidance from the North West Regional Office of Invest Northern Ireland (NWRO) in Londonderry,” he added.

Des Gartland, NWRO Manager, said: “This is an entrepreneurial business that is providing expert product design services that will encourage and help other local businesses to invest in innovation and strengthen their overall competitiveness, especially in markets outside Northern Ireland.

“Our support is geared to assist the company in developing its capability and in marketing its services. This is in line with our strategic focus on promoting and assisting entrepreneurial businesses which have an international dimension and are committed to innovation.

“K&T Designs brings key product development and other technology services closer to companies in the North West,” he added.