Kinneir Dufort (KD), Bristol-based user-centred, design and product development consultancy has been acquired by global medical device and contract manufacturing group, SteriPack. The addition of KD to the group expands SteriPack’s design and development capability, creating a European R&D centre of excellence and reinforcing its global footprint.

Strengthening KD’s long-standing capability in healthcare

The move further strengthens KD’s long-standing capability in healthcare and medical device design and development although the team will continue to offer its range of user-centred product design and development services to existing and new clients in Consumer and Industrial, as well as Medical sectors.

Founded in 1977, KD has grown into one of the UK’s leading innovation and design consultancies, with its expertise including: Strategy & Innovation, Product, Digital and Packaging Design, Usability and Human Factors, Engineering, Prototyping and Electronics & Software.  

KD’s long established purpose, ethos and values will remain unchanged, as will its 85-strong team led by existing KD directors, Kerry Briggs, Sam Reeves and Craig Wightman.  Current CEO, Merle Hall will assume a group R&D role. 

Merle tells us, “By joining the SteriPack Group, we are able to accelerate the next stage of KD’s journey, creating new opportunities for both our team and our business by increasing our expertise and, through our work, making a difference to an expanded client base. We’re delighted to be joining forces with a business that shares our culture, values and purpose”.