Jaguar Land Rover is among the manufacturers awarded in this year’s Queen’s Awards for International Trade.
The automotive, which manufactures vehicles across three UK sites, was rewarded for its focus on international growth over the past three years.
The 162-strong list, which also includes a diverse range of manufacturers including Catepillar, Renishaw and Airbus, sees 110 winning awards for international trade; 39 for innovation and 13 for sustainable development.
Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of JLR, credits the car maker’s staff for being behind its continued success across the world, which has resulted in the sale of more than 425,000 vehicles in 2013, with 80% and exporting to over 170 countries.
“The more we build our business, the more opportunity we can create to improve the lives of many families, by recruiting and training more people, investing in facilities and communities, and strengthening the overall growth of the UK economy,” he said.
Other manufacturers recognised included MBDA for its development of an air-launched missile suitable for firing in urban environments, and Newry-based Hill Engineering, which patented a double-locking hydraulic coupler that has been the catalyst for a doubling of its workforce.
Business secretary Vince Cable added: “Companies that are growing, innovating and championing UK business overseas deserve the recognition that these awards bestow.”
The winning businesses come from a range of sectors including fashion, food and drink, media, IT and construction, and range from enterprising small businesses, acknowledging both SME and large companies.