Telford-based Protolabs wins Queen’s Award

Digital manufacturer Protolabs has scooped a prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade – the third time the Telford-based company has been honoured by Her Majesty.

Protolabs’ European Head Office in Telford
Protolabs’ European Head Office in Telford

The company – the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts – was one of just 201 companies across the country to be recognised by the Queen to celebrate her 93rd birthday.

Bjoern Klaas, Vice President and Managing Director of Protolabs Europe, said the award was a huge honour for the company, which has its European head office in Telford and has seen its UK overseas sales grow from £13m in 2015 to £27.7m in 2017.

“It is a great privilege for us to be recognised by Her Majesty for our excellence in International Trade and a real testament to the magnificent work of every one of our team at Protolabs.

“We take enormous pride in being at the forefront of innovation, helping thousands of companies to bring exciting new products to market in record-breaking time in a reliable fashion, and at a quality that customers expect in line with our brand promise. So it is a huge privilege to have this recognised in such an honourable way.

“I am particularly delighted for all the team involved in winning this recognition. Their ongoing commitment, hard work and determination to be the best at what we do has allowed us to flourish in the international market place.”

Protolabs was founded in 1999 and now has bases across Europe and around the world, with its key European export markets in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Sweden.  It previously won the International Trade award in 2013 and 2010.

As a digital manufacturer it uses advanced 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding technologies to produce custom-designed parts and prototypes in days.

A total of 129 companies were recognised for International Trade in the awards, which are now in their 53rd year. A further 61 firms picked up awards for Innovation, six for Sustainable Development and five for Promoting Opportunity.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said:  “These awards recognise the innovative products and services being provided by British businesses that are in demand across the world, as well as the sheer determination and hard work that comes with starting and running a business.”

Winners are invited to a Royal reception, can fly the Queen’s Award flag at their main office and use the emblem on marketing material for five years, and are given a grant of appointment and a crystal trophy.

Shropshire Business News sponsored by...
Shropshire Live Business
The latest Shropshire business news from the Shropshire Live team. Send us your business news to business@shropshirelive.com. Interested in advertising with us from just £50 per week? Call Fiona on 01743 816 817 or email sales@shropshirelive.com.

Featured Articles

The event will be held at Southwater’s QEII Arena in Telford Town Park on the 7th and 8th June

Shropshire Pub in the Park announces comedy and music line-up

Shropshire Festivals are launching a brand-new event this summer that will turn the best bits about going to the pub in to a beer festival for Shropshire.
1st Choice Insurance Team

Local Commercial Insurance, With Premium Service

Local Commercial Insurance, With Premium Service - “That’s 1st Choice in a nutshell”

Follies Festival returns to Hawkstone Park

Hawkstone Park is bringing back Follies Festival, for a wonderful weekend of family entertainment, Friday 5th - Sunday 7th July 2019.
Bolddog Lings Motorcycle Display Team - Shropshire County Show

Competition: Win Family Tickets to the Shropshire County Show 2019

The 2019 Shropshire County Show is set for spectacular year, with something for the whole family to enjoy.

Scan to prevent unnecessary caesareans is positive news

In April, researchers at Cambridge University revealed that an extra ultrasound scan, offered to mothers-to-be at 36 weeks to facilitate the early detection of breech babies, could prevent unnecessary c-sections.
- Advertisement -

Two charged after man stabbed in Shrewsbury

Two men have been charged after a man in his 20s was stabbed in Shrewsbury on Monday.
Firefighters at the scene of the incident Photo: Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters extinguish oven fire at bakery in Market Drayton

Firefighters were called to a fire involving a commercial oven at Palethorpes Bakery in Market Drayton yesterday evening.

Three arrested after man is stabbed in Shrewsbury

Three people have been arrested after a man was stabbed in Shrewsbury on Monday night.
Freya Anderson has become a double British Champion

Ellesmere College Titan Freya Anderson strikes gold in Glasgow

Ellesmere College Titans swimmer Freya Anderson has become a double British Champion after striking gold at this year’s British Swimming Championships.

Weaver makes Telford Tigers return

Telford Tigers have welcomed the return of former Great Britain defenseman Jonathan Weaver for the 2019/20 season.
Shrewsbury’s Monkmoor Recreation Ground will be taking part in the Great British Tennis Weekend this Sunday

Shropshire clubs serving up free tennis activities around the county this weekend

A number of Shropshire clubs will be serving up free tennis this weekend as they invite members of their local communities to see what they have to offer.
- Advertisement -
David Raymont with mfg Solicitors Chairman Maynard Burton

New partner boosts Shropshire law firm’s commercial property team

Shropshire law firm mfg Solicitors has bolstered its commercial property offering with the appointment of a new partner at its Telford office.
The building is currently let to EET Europarts Ltd on a five-year lease. Photo: Google Street View

TSR complete significant sale at Shrewsbury’s Battlefield Enterprise Park

A private investor has completed the significant purchase of a modern detached industrial building at Shrewsbury’s Battlefield Enterprise Park.
Rhea Alton, Fliss Robert and Kirsty Smallman of J&PR

Shropshire PR firm expands as they celebrate another record year

A thriving Shropshire PR firm has expanded the team with a former journalist and news editor with years of experience in the industry.

Shrewsbury Town midfielder hopes for Little Rascals Monopoly Nomination

Shrewsbury Town midfielder Dave Edwards is asking for Salopians to nominate Little Rascals for a place on the Shrewsbury Monopoly board.
The curlew was incubated as an egg and reared in its local landscape. Photo: GWCT

UK first for ground-breaking Shropshire curlew project

A Curlew that has been incubated as an egg and reared in its local landscape has successfully returned home for the first time ever.
1st Choice Insurance Team

Local Commercial Insurance, With Premium Service

Local Commercial Insurance, With Premium Service - “That’s 1st Choice in a nutshell”
- Advertisement -
Tony Clarkson from The Hive’s Creative Advisory Board preparing for the Street Festival with Daniel Lloyd, Digital Marketing Manager, and Sal Hampson, Project Manager

The Hive to showcase activities at family fun day

A family fun day is being run by The Hive in Belmont, Shrewsbury on Saturday 25 May to showcase the vast range of exciting activities that the arts organisation offers.
An image of the comic artwork of Charlie Adlard that will feature in the Drawn of the Dead exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Drawn of the Dead coming to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are preparing to open a new exhibition ‘Drawn of the Dead’ celebrating the work of internationally famous comic artist and former Comics Laureate, Charlie Adlard.

Get Your Wigle On to hold open auditions for SHREK the musical

Open auditions will be held next month to join award winning Shropshire Musical Theatre company, Get Your Wigle On as they stage Shrek the musical.

All aboard! SVR launches its first Cocktail Express service

Visitors to the Severn Valley Railway this May bank holiday weekend can enjoy a truly indulgent experience on board the SVR’s very first Cocktail Express service.
The Castle Hotel in Bishop's Castle

Bishop’s Castle Hotel to celebrate 300th birthday

The Castle Hotel in Bishop’s Castle is to celebrate its 300th birthday in June with a garden party.
The event will be held at Southwater’s QEII Arena in Telford Town Park on the 7th and 8th June

Shropshire Pub in the Park announces comedy and music line-up

Shropshire Festivals are launching a brand-new event this summer that will turn the best bits about going to the pub in to a beer festival for Shropshire.

Featured Articles

- Advertisment -

Weather

Shropshire
few clouds
12.6 ° C
14.4 °
10.6 °
71 %
3.6kmh
22 %
Sun
8 °
Mon
15 °
Tue
16 °
Wed
18 °
Thu
19 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -