Our R&D laboratories are staffed by highly skilled teams of PhD Chemists with a wide range of synthetic experience; being experts in process development, scale-up and optimisation.

Robinson Brothers Is continuously exploring new technologies and product development processes to challenge chemistry. We are involved in a number of initiatives, a few of which are mentioned below. Robinson Brothers have been working with Academia in exploring better ways of carrying certain chemical reactions and improved methods of manufacturing new and existing technologies. Universities such as: University of Birmingham, Warwick University, Loughborough University, Queens University Belfast and Aston University.

Our site can seamlessly and rapidly scale processes and products as necessary from laboratory grams to kilograms in Kilo-Laboratory and/or Pilot Plant facilities, and thence in a Production Operations Plant to multi-tonne quantities. We have a culture of continuous improvement, which is implemented by our Process Improvement Group and is an approach that consistently delivers demonstrable benefits to our customers.

Robinson Brothers also currently carrying out batch to continuous manufacturing on one of our long-established hydrogenation processes. This has been supported by the UK Technology Strategy Board. We endeavour to scale-up this technology and spread it to other chemistries across site.

With hydrogenation being a core competency at Robinson Brothers, we are involved in CASTech - exploring the use of improved catalysts. Catalysis is a key technology in manufacturing processes. Robinson Brothers is a founding member of CASTech, which explores the following five grand challenges:
1. Understanding the properties and characteristics of multiphase interfaces - advanced engineering through fundamental understanding of reactors and reactions
2. Catalytic processing of complex bio-feedstocks
3. Capturing and storing renewable energy
4. Re-engineering catalyst manufacture to be pollution free
5. Selective transformations of molecules in the gas phase

Our involvement in CASTech is essential to our business and the search for new sources of fine chemicals is also vital. We, like many chemical manufacturers, are dependent on depleting petrochemical feedstocks of the former CARMac.