The Seaward Group has won a Queen’s Award for its specialist electrical safety testing equipment.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on a UK based company and is awarded each year to those demonstrating outstanding achievement.
Electronics manufacturer Seaward has been recognised in the international trade category for its success in growing its export sales for the Rigel range of electromedical testers.
These are used in hospitals and health centres by biomedical engineering staff and medical equipment service teams to check the safety and functionality of specialist equipment including defibrillators, ECG monitors and ventilators.
The Queen’s Award reflects this growth and the company’s investment in overseas sales and marketing strategies that have successfully boosted the international profile of its brands.
As well as its manufacturing centre in Peterlee, Seaward also has a US subsidiary in Tampa, Florida, technical support offices in Europe and an international distribution network.
Rod Taylor, managing director, said: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way. The Queen’s Award is one of the highest accolades a company can win and a real reward for the efforts we have made to innovate and enhance electrical safety testing technology over several years.
“Export sales are increasingly important to our business and the constant challenge is to maintain a competitive edge against much larger multi-skilled groups and the lower production costs of overseas-based manufacturing operations.
“We believe in putting the international customer at the centre of everything we do. This has involved investing in multi-lingual customer support services, overseas technical support centres and working very closely with our global distribution network.
“The Queen’s Award continues to be a high profile and highly respected achievement in many countries and I’m sure it will become a major marketing asset as part of our continued export drive in the years to come.”
Established in 1982, the Seaward Group employs over 150 people and is a market leading manufacturer of test and measurement instrumentation used in a wide range of electrical safety‚ medical equipment, electronic production and engineering industry applications.