Cambridge Mechatronics is TechWorks' company of the year

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Shape memory alloy pioneer Cambridge Mechatronics has been named Company of the Year at the TechWorks Awards. Amongst the applications for the company’s technology are autofocus and optical image stabilisation, precision control for accurate dosing and metering, and the manipulation of surgical instruments.

Andy Osmant, Cambridge Mechatronics' managing director, said: ”We are delighted that our progress has been recognised in this way. It is a fitting tribute to our skilled and talented team who have worked hard to get our innovative technology adopted by some of the world’s most successful companies.”

Unmanned Life took the Disruptive Innovation of the Year award for its artificial intelligence software platform, while large-area CMOS image sensor specialist vivaMOS was named Emerging Company of the Year.

Meanwhile, Visteon’s Alan Banks, pictured, was presented with a lifetime contribution to industry award for his work in making the UK a world-class hub for automotive electronics design. Banks, who chairs the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network, said: “I am delighted and honoured to be receiving this award. I passionately believe in the power of collaboration as an instrument to success, particularly in the changing and challenging world of automotive electronics.”

Other winners at the event included WMG/Warwick University’s Siddartha Khastgir, who won the Young Engineer of the Year Award; Xilinx, Product of the Year and the University of Bristol’s Centre for Device Thermography and Reliability, which won the University Research Group of the Year category.