A NEWTONHILL man is poised to go international with his revolutionary invention.
Daniel Sutherland, a lecturer at Aberdeen College, is developing his design, the Milkistar baby bottle, in China where the bottles will be produced on a large scale to be sold world-wide.
The 31-year-old teaches 3D Modelling & Animation as part of the HND Visual Communication course at the College and came up with the idea after becoming a father, frustrated at the length of time it took for his daughter’s milk to cool.
Using the skills from his profession as a product designer, Daniel made a number of 3D Models of the prototype developing it into the new shape it has built its reputation on, as a product that is both time and cost effective for the new parent.
Interest in the product was sparked at trade shows in London, with Daniel receiving orders from clientèle all over Europe. This demand has led Daniel to mass produce the product in China this summer. Since the product’s inception over a year ago, Daniel has expanded the brand to include large and small milk bottles, juice cups with features that allow caps and teats the cup to be interchangeable with other leading brands in the market.
Daniel, who still teaches at the College, whilst juggling fatherhood and development of the Milkistar brand, said: “Since launching the product a year ago, I have received an astounding amount of interest in Milkistar. The product range has grown, and with this new venture I intend to take the brand international. I have also attracted a lot of interest from high street retailers looking to market and sell the product.
“Milkistar has various appealing factors. The design offers a potential 70% reduction in the time taken to heat or cool a feed. It is also clear that its unique shape has become a very positive aspect of the design due to its additional ability to make bottles and cups much easier for young children and infants to hold.”
He added: “It is a tough market to break into, particularly after a recession, however Scotland is really good at honing innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.
“The number of organisations that are available to promote and develop budding design talent are endless and really do help out the fledgling inventor. Aberdeen College has been very supportive of my external activities and I enjoy my work with the students, who are learning industry standards and can practice cutting-edge techniques due to my professional activities within the design industry.”