OC Robotics voted Small Company of the Year
On 14th October 2010, OC Robotics was presented with the prize for Small Company of the Year at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEA). The awards are designed to celebrate the best in British engineering design and innovation, intending to "demonstrate to all UK engineering companies that it is possible to succeed; that they can work to a high level and, at that high level, compete globally."
The award ceremony, held at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, was presented by the TV presenter and engineer Kate Bellingham, who praised OC Robotics for its win in a category that had particularly strong contenders. In winning the prestigious Small Company of the Year award, OC Robotics fought off competition from a diverse group of short-listed companies, spanning the fields of electronics, medical imaging and quantum tunnelling composite materials, as well as robotics.
The high level, independent panel of Judges were looking for small company that was able to demonstrate a sound business addressing a particular market need. The winner had also to be able to demonstrate an evolving product portfolio and its successful reception by end users.
What the judges said:
"Its innovative technology and its sales against much bigger players in its market niche make [OC Robotics] a winner."
"By recognising the importance of investing in innovation, the company has become a world leader in its technology with a number of impressive business wins under its belt."
It was the continued engineering and commercial success of its products such as SAFIRE (Snake Arm Feeder Inspection Robotic Equipment) that particularly demonstrated to the judges that OC Robotics was deserving of the award. The first use of this new snake-arm robot to conduct inspections within CANDU reactors was completed successfully during an outage at Pickering Nuclear Power Plant in May 2010. The snake-arm was developed for Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the Canadian state owned nuclear power generation corporation which operates 10 CANDU reactors.
OC Robotics also won a Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation in 2009.
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