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The Department is the commercial and income generating arm of the Institute. It is responsible for:

Provision of common Manufacturing and Commercial production

Testing Services in leather development Centre (LDC), Engineering Development and Services Center (EDSC) and, the Laboratory Services Center (LSC)

Provision of Incubation Services

Provision of Consultancy and Training services

Management of Pilot processing Plants

Sale of Intellectual property based products and services

TT&ES activities are supported by the various Centres at the Institute together with the RTI Divisions

 

The Department is the commercial and income generating arm of the Institute. It is responsible for:

Provision of common Manufacturing and Commercial production

Testing Services in leather development Centre (LDC), Engineering Development and Services Center (EDSC) and, the Laboratory Services Center (LSC)

Provision of Incubation Services

Provision of Consultancy and Training services

Management of Pilot processing Plants

Sale of Intellectual property based products and services

TT&ES activities are supported by the various Centres at the Institute together with the RTI Divisions

 

i. Research

Ongoing Research

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ii. Collaboration and MOUs

The Institute has over the years established linkages and collaborated wih various national regional, and international organizations and agencies including: UNIDO, UNDEP,UNEP, WP, WAITRO, IDRC, CSIR, BSPS-DANIDA, NACOSTI, KALRO, KEMRI, ICIPE, SIRIM, JICA, ASARECA, UIRI, TIRDO, KEBS, EPC, KenInvest, KIPPRA JKUAT, ICIPE, Moi University, KESREF.

Technologies

Major Milestones

The Institute has carried out many research and development activities in various fields. The acknowledgement by stakeholders of her innovative skills can be exemplified by a wide range of process and products developed and transferred to the industry in Kenya leading to development of technologies for the manufacture of various products from local materials. They are:

1. Leather Industry

Research on leather processing technologies has enabled the processing of fish, rabbit, and ostrich skin to exotic leather.

2. Vegetable Oil Industry

Technical information leading to the setting up of the vegetable oil industry in Kenya was gathered by KIRDI through research and experimentations. The major output of the work was “KIMBO” cooking fat.

3. Composite technologies

Through interventions of de-hulling and milling technologies for cereals and root crops, novel composite products have been development for making bread, cakes, fillers for sausages etc. from an assortment of composite flour.

4. Animal Feeds

The Institute has developed various formulations of animal feeds using locally available raw materials o support MSMIs in animal feed productions. A low cost software package that facilitates quick processing of different low cost feed formulation is available.

5. Diatomite Industry

KIRDI was instrumental in the establishment of the diatomite processing plant at Gilgil.

Studies on the calcination (under different conditions) and assessment of filtration properties of the filter aids were undertaken at KIRDI.

6. Briquetting Industry

Original research involving defining carbonization parameters, suitable binders and the development of briquetting technologies was carried out at KIRDI.

As well, other materials e.g. Coffee Husks, coconut shell, rice husks, bagasse has been investigated.

7. Coffee Industry

KIRDI has had a long association with the Coffee Board of Kenya through Coffee Research Foundation (CRF).

Collaborative research led to the eradication of many off-flavours including onion flavours and stinkers.

As well, 2 stage fumigation process, UV-Sorting of coffee and dying and storage of coffee beans are technologies development at KIRDI.

8. Ceramics Industry

KIRDI has played an important role in the establishment of the ceramics industry in Kenya

Development and Consultancy work on the suitable kilns

Screening of local clays for utilization in various products e.g. bricks, ties, ceramics table wear pipes etc.

9. Natural Gums

RTI investigations on natural gums led to the development of gum led to the developed of oleerosin from pine

Extraction process and feasibility studies were carried out and plant and equipment fabricated locally. Rosin Kenya Limited was established in 1986 and started production in 1988

10. Others include:

  • Honey Processing Technologies
  • Mushroom Processing Technologies
  • Technologies for value additional to exotic hides and skins (fish, ostrich, crocodile among others)
  • Cassava and sweet Potato value addition technology
  • Poultry feeds formulations
  • Fumigation Technologies for African foods
  • Portable alcohol production technology
  • Technology for production of bio-pesticides
  • Fruit pulping including jams, jellies, juice and marmalades
  • Tissue culture banana technologies for raw and ripe bananas
  • Chalk and electrical insulators from the Kisii soap stone

KIRDI has many technologies available for transfer and for commercialization