LONDON A number of firms in the U.K. electronics sector are celebrating after being named winners of a Queen's Award.
Her Majesty The Queen announced a total of 145 Awards on this, her 80th Birthday – the highest total for 11 years. There are 90 Awards for International Trade, 48 for Innovation and 7 for Sustainable Development. Winning companies range in size from three-people micro-businesses up to an international retail group employing nearly 30,000. Almost half of this year's winners employ fewer than 50 people.
This year's winners from the electronics sector in the International Trade category include:
• Dage Precision Industries Ltd, (Aylesbury, Bucks), a developer of advanced x-ray and bond testing equipment;
• FT Technologies Ltd (Teddington, Middlesex), a manufacturer of ultrasonic wind and airflow sensors;
• Gooch & Housego PLC (Ilminster, Somerset), a supplier of acousto-optic devices and precision optical components for scientific, medical and research applications;
• IDTechFX Ltd (Stow-Cum-Quy, Cambridge), a company providing specialised consultancy services in radio frequency identification, printed electronics and 'smart' packaging;
• Orange Music Electronic Company Ltd, a manufacturer of music amplifiers, to be used by Madonna on her forthcoming World Tour;
• Photonic Products Ltd (Hatfield Broad Oak, Herts), a manufacturer specialising in laser diodes and laser components used in machine vision applications,
• RFI Global Services Ltd (Basingstoke, Hants), a consultancy offering testing and regulatory consulting to help electronics companies comply with all international safety and electrical standards;
• Spectrum Technologies, a provider of industrial laser solutions used in the manufacture and maintenance of complex aircraft wiring; and
• Thermacore Europe Ltd (Ashington, Northumberland), a manufacturer of thermal management products and electronics cooling systems.
In the Innovation category, winners from the electronics sector include:
• AD Holdings plc (Warrington, Cheshire), the developer of TransVu – a durable CCTV system to assist in the management of trains, buses and other vehicles;
• Doyle & Tratt Products Ltd, (Horsham, West Sussex), the makers of 'Varilight' intelligent dimmer switches and a range of other decorative electrical accessories;
• e2v technologies Imaging Sensors Group (Chelmsford, Essex),a designer of low-light sensors and cameras for use in aerospace, medical and scientific imaging systems;
• Smiths Aerospace – Electronic Systems, the developers of a simple, modular approach to complex aircraft electronics; and
• Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland), the developers of audio semiconductor devices for multimedia mobile phones.