The Duke of Kent visits 42 Technology to mark 20th anniversary

The Duke of Kent visits 42 Technology to mark 20th anniversary

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent visited 42 Technology in St Ives yesterday (Tuesday) to learn more about its role in developing innovative new products for world-leading multinational companies; to see some of its latest technologies in action; and to help the company celebrate 20 years in business.

The visit follows on from 42 Technology being awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2017 – in recognition of its significant and sustained growth in international sales – and was the first stop in a series of three visits today in Cambridgeshire.

The Duke was welcomed to 42 Technology by a delegation of civic dignitaries before then being introduced to and invited to tour the company’s facilities with managing director Dr Jon Spratley, and chairman Howard Biddle.

As part of his visit, His Royal Highness met and spoke with 42 Technology’s in-house team of engineers, scientists and designers, and was shown a range of technology innovations including:

  • TurboFrost which can cool drinks glasses to minus 10 degrees Celsius in seconds;
  • Adaptable Carriage – an innovative passenger seating systems that allows train operators to quickly compress excess seating within carriages to create space for cargo, bikes or other purposes; and
  • FuseOhm – a novel low-cost substation monitoring system that allows Distribution Network Operators to better understand local electricity usage patterns and make informed decisions on upgrades and investments.

Dr Jon Spratley said: “We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent to 42 Technology, and to have the opportunity to explain the pragmatic approach we take when developing new ideas and concepts for clients, and then bringing them to market.

“It was a real pleasure to demonstrate some of our technology innovations and to introduce The Duke to the team who have helped us to build an exceptionally strong client list of major UK and international blue-chip companies, as well as many exciting start-ups and SMEs.”

At the end of his visit, The Duke was invited to unveil a commemorative plaque before being thanked by Dr Jon Spratley for visiting 42 Technology and learning more about the company’s development and successes over the last 20 years.

His Royal Highness was then accompanied by The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence OBE, QPM to meet with two other nearby organisations: Cellbond Limited, world leaders in the design and manufacture of automotive safety equipment; and The Macmillan Woodlands Centre, a state-of-the-art cancer treatment and care centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon that was opened in August 2016.

Image: Howard Biddle chairman and Dr Jon Spratley managing director of 42 Technology; The Duke; and The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence OBE, QPM with Councillor Jonathan Pallant, deputy mayor of St Ives Town Council in the background.


The 42 Technology team of industry experienced physicists, engineers, industrial designers and analysts is expert at conceiving and developing novel products for efficient manufacture.

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