Her Royal Highness met a number of the team, as well as unveiling an official plaque
On Tuesday 16 January 2024, IGS’ Engineering Innovation Centre in Inverkeithing, Scotland, was officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Her Royal Highness was given a guided tour of the centre, and met various IGS team members to find out about the work we do.
As Patron of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Her Royal Highness is a passionate ambassador for STEM careers, and has a keen interest in engineering and technology. Her visit is testament to the high standard of engineering and innovation coming out of both IGS as a company, and Scotland as a whole.
We were delighted to host Her Royal Highness, and the day will live long in the memory of IGS.
Speaking at the official opening, Lawrence Ross, Chief Product Officer at IGS, said: “Our Engineering Innovation Centre allows IGS to push forward creative, cutting-edge solutions in vertical farming. Whether looking at how we can integrate AI and robotics into our technology, or how we can deliver a quality, consistent product across different global markets, the centre is pivotal to helping us stay ahead of the curve.
“To have the Engineering Innovation Centre officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is a huge honour, both for everyone who works at the site and those across the wider IGS team. We were delighted to answer some of Her Royal Highness’ questions and to have a number of genuine and insightful discussions with her about the future of farming and the role we believe our technology can play.”
Her Royal Highness’s visit comes off the back of IGS announcing its involvement in the first ever ‘GigaFarm’ - a 200 Growth Tower vertical farm capable of growing more than 2 billion plants each year – in collaboration with ReFarm. Various members of the team were able to speak to The Princess Royal about their involvement in the project, which will help to significantly decarbonise food security in the Middle East.
The visit was one of four in the Fife and Tayside areas, which also saw The Princess Royal attend the Perth Concert Hall and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in the city’s Lord John Murray House, and the Police Treatment Centre in Castlebrae, Auchterarder.