Daniamant Limited was yesterday presented with a Queens Award for Enterprise for Innovation. Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP Her Majesties Lord-Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenant Andre Kent Esq, Petty Officer Cadet Sebastian McCue the Lord- Lieutenants Cadet and Councillor Steven Wylie, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth visited Daniamant to present the award at its premises in Portsmouth. Arne Gillin, Managing Director was also in attendance to help celebrate this fantastic achievement. The L16x range of lifebuoy lights have proved to be a hugely successful quality range of products that have helped develop export sales significantly over the past three years.
Deputy Lieutenant Andre Kent Esq read the following citation:
“Daniamant produce survivor location lights for the marine, military, civil and aviation markets. All products have to meet strict quality standards legislated for under the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) and Safety of Life at Sea
Regulations (SOLAS). Daniamant operate globally, mainly in the marine commercial market, under the jurisdiction of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which is part of the United Nations and was set up after the tragic accident of the sinking of the Titanic.
Daniamant’s Customers range from OEM’s (manufacturing life-saving appliances such as lifejacket’s, liferafts and lifeboats), the UK Ministry of Defence to distributors all over the world.
Daniamant was established in 2006 after the sales of the survivor location lights business from McMurdo. Since then Daniamant has developed many new products and increased sales significantly. It has moved from a 60% home business to a 60% export business over this period. Daniamant is proud to manufacture its products here in Portsmouth and export them all over the world. Daniamant believe that they can be as competitive in the UK as anywhere else in the world.
This Queens Award is presented for the innovation of a range of survivor location lights for the commercial marine market. Demonstrating that, despite size, resources and financial backing, small companies in the UK are still focused and committed on developing innovative products and continually expanding into new markets. Daniamant believe that everyone employed by the Company is a member of a team and, as such, has an important role to play. This award endorses Daniamant’s continued commitment to quality and innovation, and gives their customers the confidence to build long term relationships based on trust and respect.
By demonstrating continual innovation and sustained growth over a three year period Daniamant has proudly been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise 2014 in Innovation.”
Kevin Rough, General Manager thanked Dame Mary for the award and in his acceptance speech stated:
“Personally I think this is a huge achievement for Daniamant, I have been in manufacturing for 26 years and I believe passionately in UK manufacturing, that we can compete with anyone in the world, even China. This award demonstrates just that, a small company from Portsmouth can innovate and export and be recognised alongside the BAE & the Jaguars of the world. It shows what talent we have here in the South and in the UK and is the key to growing this country’s exports. I am particularly proud of my team here in Portsmouth. They have always worked very hard to design and manufacture new products, one of which now has international recognition. We have received this award on the eve of our 8th Birthday so it shows the progression we have made over this time. Although this is a UK award it is fantastic news for the Daniamant group also in Denmark and shows the commitment from owners to continually invest in innovative products.”
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