The Challenge

Hull-based AAK (UK) Ltd specialises in the development, production and application of edible oils and fats. Its food industry clients have come under pressure from the government to reduce the fat content of their products, which was previously achieved by the use of additives.

However, there is also pressure to reduce the amount of additives used. If AAK’s research and innovation team could meet both of these demands, the company could steal a march on its competitors.

Our strong professional association with the University of Hull gives our research a degree of scientific understanding we wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. Dr Kaly Chatakondu,
Commercial Director, AAK UK Ltd

The Solution

AAK entered into a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme with the University of Hull. This saw nanotechnology specialist Dr BaiJia Tang join the company fresh from completing his PhD in Materials Science. His expertise – coupled with access to our cutting-edge research labs – has given AAK the extra scientific muscle it needs to achieve its goals.

The Result

AAK has developed deeper scientific insight into the physical properties of its edible vegetable oils allowing it to offer enhanced products to its clients.

This in turn has meant greater profits, allowing the company to plan further multi-million pound investments in its local manufacturing site.

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