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Power Jacks, Moog and ATB Morley pick up Queen’s Awards

29 April, 2010

The Scottish screwjack, gearbox and actuator manufacturer Power Jacks has won one of this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. Fraserburgh-based Power Jacks was one of 95 winners in the international trade category (a substantial reduction from the 135 organisations that won these awards in 2009).

Other winners of 2010 trade awards include: the Lincoln-based power semiconductor specialist, Dynex Semiconductor; Reading-based Moog Components, which produces sliprings, motion control components and associated systems; Parker Hannifin’s Domnick Hunter division, which manufactures compressed air treatment products; and Bedfordshire-based Watkiss Automation, which specialises in book-binding machinery. Moog’s award marks a 222% rise in overseas revenues over a six-year period, to £7m a year, and selling more than 60% of its production overseas.

The 38 winners of Queen’s Awards for innovation this year (down from 49 in 2009) include Yorkshire-based ATB Morley, which won its award for developing high-voltage motors for the coal mining industry, and Loughborough-based Newtons4th, which won its award for designing a family of power analysers that allow accurate measurements to be made in slow-running variable speed drive and motor systems.

Power Jacks’ award marks a 24% growth in overseas sales between 2007 and 2009, worth more than £5m. Total exports over the period amounted to £13m, while in 2008 and 2009 almost 70% of Power Jacks’ production was exported.

“This is great recognition for Power Jacks which is one of the few remaining non-oil and gas manufacturing businesses in the North-east of Scotland,” says its managing director, Bruce Bultitude (above). “It is particularly encouraging after what has been a challenging year and demonstrates the strength of our global marketing capabilities which have been key to sustaining a robust business.”

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