Prestigious award for Derry labelling firm

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A Partnership involving Derry labelling firm Nuprint Technologies and the University of Ulster has seen the company scoop a prestigious award.

The Derry business, which specialises in the print of labelling for the food, drink, clothing and pharmaceutical industries and supplies a wide range of small and large businesses around the world, was recognised at the annual KTP Awards hosted by the University of Ulster at the City Hotel in Derry last Thursday night.

The KTP initiative – Knowledge Transfer Partnership – allows organisations in the private, public and community sectors utilise resources and knowledge available within universities and apply them to their own business environment.

Nuprint’s Managing Director Gavin Killeen was “delighted” to win the award.

“By introducing new technologies and printing processes, we have created new opportunities for our clients. We understand that labels do much more then just name things – they can track stock, control warehousing, improve security and communicate a brand personality that consumers can believe and trust in.

“Working with the University of Ulster has made a huge difference to our company, giving us the confidence to innovate and go after new markets.

“This is our third KTP. We understand the importance of involving academics in the development and growth of our business. The skills that are needed in order for NI companies to compete on a global scale do not always reside within our companies and for this reason we have found working on the KTP programme invaluable.”

Pro Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation, Professor Hugh McKenna said: “KTPs have been hugely successful in Northern Ireland both for universities and businesses and we are very proud of the University of Ulster’s record in this regard.

“Not only is this kind of collaboration academically valid but it can significantly improve a company’s profitability in what is an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

“This year we can build on this success with a £13 million government funding package over the next five years.