26 Nov 2014
UK company wins recognition for rapid Raman imaging microscope.Renishaw, headquartered in Wotton-under-Edge, UK, has this month been presented with its seventeenth Queen's Award – national recognition for the firm’s technological success.
The award, presented by Dame Janet Trotter, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, was granted for Renishaw’s “continuous development of the company's inVia Raman microscope, with its ultra-fast Raman imaging, which enables rapid generation of high-definition 2D and 3D chemical images for materials analysis.”
The company said it was especially proud of this year’s achievement: “This Queen's Award for Enterprise 2014, granted in the Innovations category, is particularly special, as it is the first to recognize Renishaw's achievements outside of the field of industrial metrology.”
Dame Trotter was welcomed to Renishaw headquarters by Sir David McMurtry, the company's Chairman and Chief Executive. Simon Holden, Director and General Manager of the Spectroscopy Products Division, and Sue Farrow, Senior Buyer, accepted the award, a crystal bowl engraved with the Queen's Award Emblem.
Holden commented, "inVia is our flagship product and the scientists and engineers who have helped develop and continuously innovate this product are justifiably proud of what they have achieved. But this award also recognizes significant business improvement and outstanding commercial success across all departments in the Spectroscopy Products Division.”
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