Heraeus Noblelight receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2015



Photonics solutions provider Heraeus Noblelight was presented with the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation by Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, at the company's new offices at Cambridge Science Park on Friday.


The Lord-Lieutenant, along with other Cambridge dignitaries and guests, was in attendance to see Debbie Playle, Heraeus Noblelight's Managing Director, receive the award given in recognition of the company's ground-breaking progress in the automated manufacture of flash lamps.

To win the Queen's Award, outstanding innovation over two years, or continuous innovation/development over five years must be demonstrated. Heraeus Noblelight's unique manufacturing process combines electrical, mechanical and technological components to create a fully-automated single-flow production process, using proprietary auto-assembly equipment to replicate complex, highly-skilled tasks.  The new process enables higher production yields, greater manufacturing flexibility, improved product consistency and extended lamp lifetime.

flashlamps at heraeus noblelightTechnical Director Jeremy Woffendin explains: “Our specialist lamps are used in areas as diverse as industrial laser processing and cosmetic hair removal where short lead times and consistent delivery of lamps is critical. This advance has allowed us to flex our capacity in these markets to meet fluctuating demands and thereby win market share. In turn, Heraeus Noblelight has been able to re-invest and develop new products, such as our flash sintering module for the printed electronics market, enabling us to become a photonics systems supplier- in addition to a lamp manufacturer and supplier”.

“This award acknowledges the hard work and expertise within our company, which has been advancing lamp technology since 1978. It is testimony to the culture of innovation which underpins our activities here on the Science Park”, commented Debbie Playle, Managing Director.

The presentation coincided with the opening of Heraeus Noblelight's new Cambridge's Science Park office complex which brings together the production, research and business arms of the company in one bespoke site.

Heraeus Noblelight won the Queen’s Award for Export in 1990 and 1995.

Image( top): Cutting the cake - From left Sebastian Kindersley (Chairman, Cambridge City Council), Debbie Playle (managing director) Major Rob Dryden, Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Jeremy Woffendin (technical director) Wolfgang Stang (President Heraeus Noblelight GmbH).

Image(inset): Automated flashlamp production at Heraeus

Noblelight Ltd. was founded near Cambridge, UK in 1978 by John and David Littlechild, with just three employees. Lasers were then an emerging technology, which mainly served research applications. In 1987, Noblelight Ltd. was taken over by Heraeus and the Noblelight name was used to brand the Specialty Lighting group of Heraeus. Today, over 100 people are employed on the original site in the Cambridge Science Park. Flash lamps from Heraeus Noblelight serve cutting-edge laser applications, e.g.  in Automotive, Medical fields, Cosmetic and Industrial  processes that need high intensity broadband light, as well as in many areas requiring Rapid Thermal Processing.

Heraeus, the technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a leading international family-owned company formed in 1851. We create high-value solutions for our customers, strengthening their competitiveness for the long term.  Our activities focus on a number of markets: chemical and metals, energy and the environment, communications and electronics, health, mobility, and industrial applications. In fiscal year 2013, Heraeus achieved product revenue of €3.6 billion and precious metals trading revenue of €13.5 billion. With some 12,500 employees in over 110 subsidiaries worldwide, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.

Heraeus Noblelight GmbH with its headquarters in Hanau and with subsidiaries in the USA, Great Britain, France, China and Australia, is one of the technology- and market-leaders in the production of specialist light sources and systems. In 2013, Heraeus Noblelight had an annual turnover of 138 Million € and employed 875 people worldwide. The organization develops, manufactures and markets infrared and ultraviolet emitters, systems and solutions for applications in industrial manufacture, environmental protection, medicine and cosmetics, research, development and analytical measurement techniques.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
This is the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Awards, which provide an opportunity to celebrate and encourage excellence in UK business. The awards are presented for outstanding achievements by UK businesses in one of three categories. These are:

•    Innovation
•    International trade
•    sustainable development

To receive the accolade in the innovation category, a business has to demonstrate either
•    outstanding innovation, continued over at least 2 years
•    continuous innovation and development over at least 5 years

Award winners may use the prestigious Queen’s Award emblem on all literature and goods for five years, to acknowledge their success.


For further information, please contact:
Technical:    Heraeus Noblelight Ltd.
                   Cambridge Science Park
Cambridge CB4 0FQ
                   Telephone +44 1223 423324, Fax +44 1223 423999

Press:         Miranda Henderson
        Newmarket, UK
        Telephone +44 1638 578133
        Email miranda@dowie.com

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Heraeus Noblelight Ltd

Heraeus Noblelight is one of the market leaders in the Design and Manufacture of High Performance Flash and Arc lamps, utilised in several market areas including Laser (Industrial and Medical), IPL, and Solar Simulation.

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