Lord Lieutenant presents two Queen’s Awards to Markes International Ltd
Monday, 16 September 2019 at 2:01:PM
Markes International Ltd, Llantrisant-based manufacturer of world-leading scientific laboratory instrumentation for detecting very small
amounts of chemicals, has officially received its two Queen's Awards for
Enterprise today. Markes is one of only of 10 Welsh companies to receive an
award and one of only 6 British companies to be recognised in two categories.
The Awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Mid
Glamorgan, Professor Peter Vaughan, QPM, CStJ, DL, who said: “I was absolutely
delighted to present the Awards on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. It truly is
a pleasure to see such an innovative, hard-working and successful company be
given the acknowledgement they deserve.”
Markes received the prestigious awards in the ‘Innovation’
and ‘International Trade’ categories, on the back of the ground-breaking
valving technology used in its instruments, as well its continued achievement
in growing overseas sales. The pair of awards follow on from success in 2015,when similar business growth led to a Queen’s Award for International Trade.
The switch-valve, that is the subject of the Innovation
award, was developed and patented by the company in the late 1990s, and is used
to regulate flows of gas into and out of a precision-engineered ‘focusing
trap’, with the ultimate aim of collecting, concentrating and identifying the
volatile chemicals present.
The combined operation of the valve and trap allows tiny
amounts of chemicals (as low as parts per billion) to be detected routinely,
making Markes’ instruments applicable to a wide range of situations. These
include forensics and security applications, the monitoring of breath for
disease diagnosis, analysis of food and perfume aromas, and testing for toxins
in everyday materials and the environment.
The Llantrisant workforce went to the presentation ceremony,
which was held at the nearby Hensol Castle. Markes’ Managing Director, Tim
Hawkins, said: “Winning these two awards simply couldn’t have been achieved
without the dedication and hard work of all our employees, so we wanted to be
sure as many as possible were part of the formal presentation.”
Alun Cole, Founding Director of Markes International, added:
“We have always been, and continue to be, an innovative company, and are
therefore very proud to have received these Queen’s Awards. They stand as
testament to our excellence in analytical chemistry – both in our technical
innovation, as well as our success in satisfying our customers globally.”
The company was invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace
in June, where Tim Hawkins, Pamela Simpson (Head of Business Operations),
Gareth Roberts (Business Development Manager) and Lesley Hollinshead (Customer
Service Co-ordinator) were received by HRH the Prince of Wales.
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Photo L-R: Pamela Simpson (Head of Business Operations), Alun Cole
(Founding Director), Tim Hawkins (Managing Director), Ld. Lt. Prof. Peter
Vaughan, Elizabeth Woolfenden (Founding Director), Andy Hardwick (Commercial Director).
Photo credit: Richard Bosworth