There was a real sense of achievement at the premises of South Yorkshire based loading equipment manufacturer Transdek, as The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir Andrew Buchanan, Bt., KCVO presented Managing Director Mark Adams with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
The Queen’s Award recognises the company’s continued innovation in the production and installation of modular hydraulic lifts to service double deck trailers, which can carry over 60% more goods than conventional HGV’s.
Sir Andrew visited Transdek’s factory on Bryans Close in Harworth with his wife, Lady Belinda Buchanan DL, and made a tour of the high-quality production facility prior to the official presentation of a coveted crystal bowl in recognition of the company’s latest achievement.
In his final engagement before retiring after 21 years in service, Sir Andrew congratulated the team at Transdek and said: "I’m thrilled that my last presentation of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation has been made to a British company that makes innovation a central part of the equipment it produces to improve product distribution by vehicles."
After receiving the highly prestigious award, Mark Adams said: "It was an honour to welcome The Lord-Lieutenant and Lady Belinda to Transdek and show them some of the latest developments we are working on. Receiving a second Queen’s Award for Innovation is a great achievement for everyone at Transdek and I’d like to thank all the staff for the hard work over the last 15-years.
"The award cements our position as the leading innovator in our field but we won’t be resting on our laurels. We have more ideas to improve the supply chain in the pipeline and our goal is to win a hat-trick of Queen’s Awards."
Transdek also won a Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2003 in recognition of its work in increasing vehicle load volumes and enhancing transport efficiencies through the development of an internal vehicle loading system.
Established in 1997, customers benefitting from Transdek’s innovation include Tesco, which has been able to convert its top 100 stores for deliveries from double deck trailers, Nottingham based retail chain Boots, and Halfords, the car parts, camping and cycle centre retailer.
Transdek’s lifts, which are designed for loading goods to and from fixed double deck vehicles, provide unrivalled benefits that have increased the viability of double deck trailer deliveries across a wide range of sites and industry sectors. The company’s focus on the development of pre-built, surface-mounted, modular double deck lift systems, has seen unit installation times slashed from as much as three months to as little as a single day.
As a direct result of Transdek’s innovations, the company estimates its customers have made overall savings in the region of £720 million over the last 15-years, as well as delivering significant environmental benefits with reduced road miles and CO2 emissions.
Additional innovation in this field has seen Transdek produce the first ever vehicle to ground (V2G) loading system to service double deck trailers at flat-floor loading bays, and a Load Weight Monitor (LWM) to ensure safe load distribution, which is especially important for high-sided double deck vehicles.