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Innovation on agenda as Kilwaughter makes three hires to R&D team

Kilwaughter new hires (from left) Robert McCurdy, Gary Doey and Gerard McErlane

KILWAUGHTER Minerals near Larne, one of the north’s leading manufacturers of products for the construction and agricultural markets, has made three new appointments to its research and development department.

It comes on the back of recent news that Kilwaughter will create up to 30 new jobs over a two-year period, in response to what it has described as the most positive market conditions in recent years.

In the past three months, Gary Doey, Gerry McErlane and Robert McCurdy have taken roles at the manufacturer’s headquarters, expanding the R&D team to nine.

The new recruits will be primarily focused on the production of K Rend, Kilwaughter’s leading specialist exteriors brand.

The trio all have an extensive history within the plastering industry, making them strategic hires for creating and developing new and existing products, which meet the needs of the end user.

They will offer practical working knowledge of the industry and complement the existing academic strengths within Kilwaughter’s R&D team, and the investment in people is seen as reflecting the ambitions of the company.

Dr Ross Savage, head of research and development at Kilwaughter, said: “Our growing success is grounded in a continued investment to R&D. These new recruits all have experience working directly with render.

"This practical approach enables us to produce the highest quality of product, which will continue to provide solutions that satisfy the most demanding requirements. All three of are assets to the department helping us maintain Kilwaughter’s high reputation for developing innovative brands.”

Kilwaughter Minerals has78 years of heritage and introduced its K Rend brand to market in 1989. It is on target to create 30 new jobs and invest £5m over the next two years.

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