Ceramic components with properties of metal are among fifteen successfully developed UK innovations recognised this week by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Smart Achievement Awards.
The winners shared just over £1m in prize money.
Dynamic Ceramics of Cheshire received its award on Monday at a ceremony in Birmingham, from Dr Ingo Kober, head of the European Patent Office. Speakers included Paul Hartnack, chief executive of the UK Patents Office.
The awards are for firms that have made significant commercial progress with products after receiving Smart research and development grants. The DTI has put £200m into R&D projects through these grants since 1986.
This year, around £20m in aid will support 400 schemes for development or, for smaller companies, feasibility studies.
Among other firms sharing the prize money were Fibrecast UK, for its resin-based mouldings; the Indestructible Paint Company, which makes corrosion and erosion-resistant paint for aircraft engines; RJ Pond of Gloucester, which makes small-bore gate valves for oil wells; and Gledhill Water Storage, with a microprocessor-controlled domestic central heating system.