The R&D staff at KMC are true disciples of the potato and what it can do – or be made to do.
Our focus is normally on a wide range of modified starches used in bulk, whereas the KMC Food Innovation Centre concentrates more on highly refined ingredients with specialised functions tailored to individual product types.
Our R&D focus is on natural polymer chemistry, food technology and pretty much any other innovative technical capability we can apply to tackling our customers’ practical requirements and commercial priorities better. We’re always on the lookout for new ways to help you optimise your products – or find new ways of using KMC ingredients to make them more profitable for you and better for your customers.
Our staff are creative, highly qualified people who excel at spotting new and unconventional solutions to a wide range of practical difficulties. And at finding new angles that might be developed to meet your needs better.
Our R&D efforts actually take place throughout the company – ideas about small tweaks and new angles emerge all over the place when we’re working with practical customer issues and production challenges. This results in a creative, fast-acting innovation incubator eager to move beyond “traditional procedures”.
The R&D department also collates requests and suggestions from customers and KMC agents as well as our sales, KMC Application experts and QA specialists. We use all these inputs to develop and refine our ingredients and how they can be used in your production processes.
In the KMC R&D Lab, our experts prepare small samples of new ideas for recipe and process testing in the KMC Food Innovation Centre, as well as on customer premises.
Such studies can subsequently be scaled up to pilot tests and production trials on customer premises. These and other tests pave the way to fully-fledged products, and our R&D people are renowned for not letting up until production is running to everyone’s full satisfaction.
We use the very latest technology in both our process equipment and monitoring systems, including sophisticated computer modelling to assess test results.
This means we’re able to plan, carry out and evaluate R&D projects rapidly, effectively and safely.
We also work closely with higher education bodies in Denmark and elsewhere, in order to tap into and cooperate with the very latest technical know-how available, as well as supporting the training of coming generations of technical specialists.
All the projects in which we engage are applied research with a well-defined commercial purpose.