Professor probes way to success

22nd April 2013 from Press and Journal

Fast-growing global demand for its products has earned Wick firm KP Technology (KPT) a Queen’s Award for international trade.

The latest accolade adds to a Queen’s Award for innovation won by the company in 2008.

Potential customers travel to Wick from all over the world to learn all about the Kelvin Probe, invented by KPT chief executive and founder Professor Iain Baikie.

Developed through research at a university in the Netherlands, the probe is used to investigate the properties of various materials.

Prof. Baikie set up KPT in 2000, with the aim of bringing the technology to market and it now supports companies and research institutes worldwide in their materials research analysis.

“I am absolutely delighted to win this award,” Prof. Baikie said, adding: “KP Technology exported our customised materials analysis systems, Kelvin Probes, to 20 countries last year. I travelled some 40.000 miles attending international exhibitions and visiting our customers at prestigious high technology research laboratories around the world.

“I am very grateful to all my staff who put their heart and soul into making the business a success.”

Highlands and Islands Enterprise area manager Roy Kirk said KPT had become the first manufacturing firm in the north to have won two awards.

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP John Thurso added: “This award demonstrates the commitment of Iain Baikie and his team in expanding the business throughout the world.”

Caithness Lord Lieutenant Anne Dunnet said: “Thanks to the loyalty of Professor Iain Baikie to his home town, Wick is supplying the world with innovative technology and providing work for local people.”

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