Bristol based Versarien plc (LON:VRS), the advanced engineering materials group has told DirectorsTalk that its CEO, Neill Ricketts won the 2015 Manufacturing Genius Award at this year’s Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards. Neill was also a finalist in the CEO of the Year category, while in addition the Company claimed a Best Research and Development Project Award as a finalist.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG supported the event by discussing successfully building up Britain’s manufacturing base in the area. 26 finalists were present at the awards evening alongside guests and representatives from many of the UK’s most prominent manufacturing and business support organisations. These included WMG, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Innovate UK, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), MAS and the IOD.
In addition to these recent awards, Versarien’s graphene development subsidiary, 2-DTech, has been nominated for Mechanical Product of the Year at the 2015 British Engineering Excellence Awards.
2-DTech has been nominated for its volume graphene platelet production process, details of which were announced on 11 June 2015.
The Awards, the winners of which will be announced on 29 October, aim to demonstrate and promote the quality of engineering design within the UK to emphasise innovation and effectiveness; to provide a benchmark of excellence from which the industry can learn and from which it can build; and to demonstrate the power of engineering design innovation within the UK to the world.
Versarien Plc CEO, Neill Ricketts commented “We’re very pleased that Versarien is being recognized for a leader in its field. Winning the 2015 Manufacturing Genius is a huge honour considering the level of talent we have in this area of England, we’re also delighted to have been nominated for the Mechanical Product of the Year award at the British Engineering Excellence Awards this year. It demonstrates that 2-DTech is achieving recognition for its pioneering work with graphene and its commercial development.”
Nicky Godding, chair of Cotswold Life’s Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation (EMI) Awards panel, said: “Manufacturing drives the Cotswolds: from Gloucestershire’s aerospace expertise to Oxfordshire’s automotive excellence. In between, companies are involved in medical, pharmaceutical, oil & gas and renewable energy. Innovative companies like Versarien might be tucked away in beautiful Cotswold valleys, but they are succeeding in global markets and regional awards such as ours gives them the recognition, and respect, they deserve.”