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Plexus in an excellent position for future growth, says Mihm

Serving more than 140 companies across markets ranging from aerospace and defence to network communications and life sciences, Plexus provides engineering, manufacturing and aftermarket services to a wide range of companies.

“We are a one-stop shop, offering a range of services,” explains Oliver Mihm, EMEA president. “Our focus is on customers in the mid-to-low volume, higher complexity market sectors, which gives us a better understanding of their needs and of ...

Jeff Benck is reshaping industry stalwart Lantronix

Since taking over as CEO in December 2015, Jeff Benck has rung the changes at Lantronix, the specialist supplier of networking products. His new business strategy – targeting the expanding Internet of Things – has been accompanied by a swathe of management appointments and plans to establish an engineering laboratory in India, where initial staffing has already begun.

An award winning company explains how its focus on exploiting technology niches has paid dividends

Loughborough Sound Images was one of the UK’s rising stars during the 1990s, riding on the back of the boom in demand for digital signal processing in one form or another. In the late 1990s, the company merged with US based Mizar to form Blue Wave Systems, with ambitions to grow the combined entity significantly; not only through organic growth, but also through strategic acquisitions. But the dot com bubble burst, Blue Wave was acquired by Motorola and, by the mid 2000s, according to Edward Young, ‘things weren’t going well’. He left to form CommAgility.

Navtech Radar has much to shout about - interview with Richard Poulton

The quality of entries and the rigorous judging process ensures the finalists in the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) are exemplary and the winners are genuinely excellent. For Navtech Radar to win two awards in 2015 – Design Engineer of the Year and Design Team of the Year – was a considerable achievement.

Providing a window into SoCs

Those in the telecoms sector may know of Rupert Baines from the time when he was the chief marketing officer of picoChip which, before it was acquired by Mindspeed, was developing products for 4G and developing the concept of small cell communications. Now, he's looking to transform the way in which next generation devices and systems are delivered.

Reaching for the stars - an interview with Oxford Space Systems founder Mike Lawton

Launched in January 2014, Oxford Space Systems (OSS) hit the ground running and doesn’t appear to have stopped. Since getting the backing of Innovate UK, it has secured funding worth £1.5million, attracted investors from the UK and the US and is now preparing to see its first products launched into space later this year. The two micro satellites will deploy the company’s Astrotube boom systems to help to measure the Earth’s magnetic field.

Sierra Wireless' Emmanuel Walckanaer talks connectivity

With a 20-year record of innovation in the wireless space Sierra Wireless has a long history in the M2M space and from launching the world’s first cellular embedded module back in 1997 it has now shipped in excess of 100 million devices connecting the Internet of Things and its devices operate on more than 80 networks worldwide.

Preparing future defence technologies

Formed in 2001, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) ensures that innovative science and technology can contribute to the defence and security of the UK. It supplies specialist services to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and other government departments and, through its Centre for Defence Enterprise, funds innovative research that could have a potential defence application.

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