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British Engineering Excellence Awards 2017 shortlist unveiled

MA Business, the publisher of New Electronics and Eureka magazines, is delighted to announce the shortlist for this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs).

“Every year the judges review and assess scores of great entries to whittle them down to the shortlist. This year’s BEEAs entries are brilliantly diverse and continue to prove that British design innovation and engineering lead the world,” said Eric Wilkinson, chair of the judging panel and CEO designate at Cambridge Consultants. “It has been a great privilege to chair the BEEAs judging panel and, as ever, it was difficult to agree on the shortlist. From innovative Start-Ups and inspiring Young Design Engineers to ground-breaking Materials Applications and state-of-the-art New Products, the strength of the shortlisted entries demonstrates all that is great about British design engineering.”

The companies shortlisted in each BEEAs category are:

Consultancy of the Year
Penso Group
GRM Consulting
ITL Group (Integrated Technologies Limited)
Drive System Design

Design Engineer of the Year

Louis Verdegem, Bosch Rexroth
Graham Paul Fick, Zikodrive Motor Controllers
Vernon Kerswell, Extreme Fliers
Dave Swan, Tharsus Group
Jake Wallis, Lontra

Design Team of the Year

Customer Focussed Innovation Team, Jaguar Land Rover
Microdrone, Extreme Fliers
RackEye, A-Safe
PRaVDA, University of Lincoln
Integrated Topload Cartoner Project, Kliklok International

Engineering Ambassador

Iulia Motoc
TDK-Lambda UK
RS Components
Rapid Electronics

Materials Application of the Year

Northumbria University, metallic glass composites
Plessey Semiconductors, LED using GaN on Si technology
Penso Group, composite lightweight rail door
GRM Consulting, Jaguar Land Rover hybrid engine sump
Kinneir Dufort, Abbey Well twist water bottle

New Product (Electronic) of the Year

Harwin, Gecko-SL series of connectors
Gas Sensing Solutions, SprintIR6S
Plessey Semiconductors, Lucian PLW7070 high power LED
Peratech, QTC based 3D Multi-Touch Matrix Sensor

New Product (Mechanical) of the Year

Active Needle, high visibility biopsy needle
Innovative Physics, Hot Spot locator
Libralato, rotary hybrid engine
TT Electronics, mag-Net wearable connector
Russell Finex, AMPro Sieve Station
Aeristech, sCharger

New Product (Aerospace) of the Year

Smith Myers Communications, Artemis
Spacechips, next generation satellite receiver
Exclin, Vertex
Extreme Fliers, Micro Drone 3.0

Small Company of the Year

Synergie Environ
Diamond Hard Surfaces
Open Bionics

Start Up of the Year

Open Bionics
Bristol Braille Technology

Young Designer of the Year

David Cullimore, ProDrive
Sam Scargill, Jacobs
Liam Harrison, Tharsus
Rob Hanson, Designability
Tom Kelley, Precision Acoustics
Sarah Jessica Dempsey, Peratech

The winners will be announced at a gala lunch at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), London, on 5th October.

To join in the celebration of British engineering tables for the lunch can be booked online at:

Graham Pitcher

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