Tag: Research And Development

Creating a competitive advantage through R&D

A Sheffield Forgemasters International case study With its headquarters in Sheffield, SFIL is the parent company of seven subsidiary companies. These provide steel forgings, castings and engineering solutions to customers around the world....

Developing a product

Introduction Courtaulds is an international chemical company with annual sales of more than £2 billion, employing 17,000 people in 45 countries worldwide. It developed from a small silk weaving business in England in...

Leading innovation in world healthcare

Introduction AstraZeneca is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, producing a powerful range of medicines designed to fight disease in important areas of medical need. AstraZeneca was formed in April 1999 with...

Taking a long term view developing fuels for the future

Introduction How we use oil is becoming an increasingly important issue. There has been growing concern over society's dependence on oil, the impact of vehicle's exhaust emissions on health and the global effect...

Using research and development to improve agricultural productivity

Introduction The population of the Earth is growing at a fast pace. In 1950, 2 billion humans lived on the planet. By 2006, this had increased to 6.5 billion and by 2025, the...

Product design through research and development

Introduction Syngenta is one of the world”s largest plant science companies. It is a leader in crop protection - developing products to control weeds, pests and fungal diseases of plants. Syngenta also breeds...

How innovation drives research and development

Introduction Using a laptop computer, Smartphone or iPad has become an essential part of everyday life for many people. Few, however, will be aware of how the technology that drives these tools is...

Creating a competitive advantage through research and development

Introduction The origins of Sheffield Forgemasters can be traced back to 1805. In that year, Edward Vickers, a traditional miller, made the largest steel ingot of its time. He manufactured (cast) steel bells,...
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