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Case Studies

William Blythe has a long history of working with customers to develop the products they need. Below are some case studies detailing how we have worked in collaboration with customers, simply click on the tiles to read more. The details of the customers and the specifics of the challenges are, by definition, confidential. They will, however, demonstrate how we could help you meet your technology challenges. So get in touch today to pose your challenge to the William Blythe team.


Wherever possible, the chemical industry prefers to use non-hazardous chemicals rather than those which can be hazardous to either their employees or the environment. However, despite extensive research, in some cases it may not be possible to achieve the required performance with non-hazardous chemistry.

One of William Blythe’s customers faced this problem. The process they carried out required the use of a chemical with human health hazards, but the customer could not engineer out employee contact with the chemical. By understanding the customer’s process and listening to their concerns, William Blythe was able to develop a new grade of the material which prevented the customer’s employees from coming into contact with the chemical. This was carried out through a carefully-selected post-synthesis enhancement technique which maintained the efficacy of the customer’s application. The product has proved very successful and is now essential to the customer’s process. This illustrates how William Blythe works to tailor the products they produce, not only for each application, but also for each customer. Top


William Blythe runs an extensive R&D programme from its headquarters in Accrington. The laboratories are equipped with a range of equipment and instruments to allow the highest calibre of inorganic chemical development to take place. While the R&D programme contains a wide diversity of research projects at any given time, the strong preference of William Blythe is to work on materials development in collaboration with customers, often involving very disruptive technology.
William Blythe was approached with a very specific customer request for a material required by a highly disruptive technology. After assessing various synthetic techniques, the R&D team concluded that the laboratory was not currently equipped to handle the request. However, William Blythe identified broader future opportunities for the technology and, because we had real belief in both the customer and their technology, we decided to invest. William Blythe not only invested in the required equipment at laboratory scale, but also invested in the required skills development within the R&D team and subsequently in equipment for both the pilot plant and full-scale manufacture. As a result, the customer now has a UK supplier of an essential material and William Blythe possesses a new range of capabilities. Working on this project was very rewarding for the William Blythe employees involved, as they not only took on a tough challenge, but also helped the customer achieve something new. Top


A recent project at William Blythe involved an extensive R&D programme to develop a new material. A potential new customer approached the Company and explained their requirement for a reliable supplier of an active agent used in their patented technology. Using the potential customer’s guidelines on the required product performance, the R&D team set to work on the development of a material which would meet those needs. Through an extensive development programme, the team successfully developed several new materials which met the customer’s requirements, resulting in new CAS registration submissions and patent filings. William Blythe is currently in the process of scaling up the chemical selected as the optimum by the customer and is looking forward to future opportunities for the family of materials developed by this project. Top

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