Seven Scottish companies have been awarded a share of £100,000 from Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and The Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) to design and develop innovative wood-based products and systems for the construction sector.
Ten applications were received for the Advanced Timber Products Innovation Challenge, which aimed to encourage innovation in the Scottish timber technologies sector.
The seven successful companies are Robertson Timber Engineering, Stewart Milne Timber Systems, Sylvan Stuart Ltd, MAKAR Ltd, JML Contracts, Dualchas Architects and Neat Living.
They will share 120 days of free access to CSIC’s £3 million state-of-the-art Innovation Factory facility at Hamilton International Technology Park, along with technical support. Each company will also receive a membership to the Innovation Factory, allowing them future access to the factory facilities at a preferential rate.
The Innovation Factory, the only facility of its kind in the UK, offers the construction industry 35,000 sq. ft. of workshop space filled with production and prototyping equipment and technology. Equipment on offer includes an off-site manufacturing cell, digital router, CLT vacuum press and glue adaptor, pilot insulation line and an industrial robot.
The Innovation Factory also provides a range of collaboration and training facilities to allow organisations in the private, public and academic sectors to share knowledge and information.
Lucy Black, senior business relationship manager at CSIC said: “We’ve been really encouraged by the response to our Innovation Challenge and the high quality of the projects from the applicants. We were originally looking for two to five projects to support, so to have seven successful applications is fantastic. It’s also great that the applications have come from companies from across Scotland, including large established leaders as well as smaller players, who are a critical part of the Scottish timber engineering and offsite manufacturing sectors.
“The successful companies are working on a wide range of exciting projects from across the timber spectrum, from prototyping new modular housing models in CLT to trialling the blowing of wood fibre insulation into innovative offsite systems and employing robotics in different areas of the production process to increase efficiency and quality. I’m really looking forward to seeing the projects progress.”
To find out more about the Innovation Factory visit www.cs-ic.org