Royal approval for Cobham

Posted on 21 Apr 2010 by The Manufacturer

Two Cobham businesses have been honoured in the 2010 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the categories of International Trade and Innovation.

Cobham Antenna Systems, based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has received an International Trade award for increasing export revenues continuously over six years to nearly £60m per annum and selling over 80% of its production overseas.

The business – formerly known as Chelton – develops and manufactures highly specialised communication systems and navigation antennas for land, air and marine applications.

Cobham Surveillance, based in Segensworth, Hampshire, has received an Innovation award for developing its Solo4 wireless digital audio and video link technology that improves safety for bomb disposal teams and law enforcement personnel by increasing the range at which they can effectively operate their robotic bomb disposal equipment. The business – formerly known as Domo Ltd. – designs and manufactures digital wireless communications solutions aimed at law enforcement and national security agencies worldwide. This is its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, having received an award in the International Trade category in 2009.

Cobham CEO, Andy Stevens, said the company viewed such prestigious awards as a tribute to its people. “Systems from these two Cobham businesses are playing important roles in today’s world events, guiding thousands of military and civil aircraft every day and protecting
soldiers against roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Mr Stevens said.

“We have always been proud of the contribution our people make through the products we build, but recognition by Britain’s most prestigious business award programme demonstrates that our achievements are respected at the highest level.”