The ELEKTRA Awards 2022 were presented at a Gala Dinner at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Wednesday 30th November. The prestigious awards are a highlight in the electronics industry event calendar and was hosted by the comedian Suzi Ruffell.
Custom Interconnect Ltd were awarded the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ award after being finalists every year for the last 6 years and being beaten to the prestigious title by such companies as Plessey Semiconductors (twice), Filtronic PLC and ST Microelectronics, but 2022 was going to be their year. The award was received on the night by CIL CEO Craig Wright and MD John Boston, who received on behalf of the 170 CIL employees who made it possible.
The “Manufacturer of the Year” Award is given to the company demonstrating the most impressive level of commercial success and new business projects in global markets over the previous twelve months. For CIL this involved growing its existing business by 25%, increasing its low carbon R&D projects from two to nine, increasing its engineering department from 8 persons to 32 persons and the opening of its new 46,000sq ft semiconductor and power device manufacturing facility in Andover UK. Of the 24 new engineering positions filled, half were made up from new graduates looking for careers in the manufacturing of low carbon power electronics. Investment in state-of-the-art equipment to increase manufacturing output was £3.0M with a further £5.0M planned. Since submitting the nomination, CIL has seen further growth of over 50% as customers now approach CIL to work on future semiconductor packaging and power device/assembly solutions as well as its on-going electronics assembly solutions.
CIL would like to thank all of its customers, R & D project partners, employees, suppliers, shareholders and stakeholders as they are all playing a part in the success of CIL and UK manufacturing, and we look forward to their on-going support. CIL celebrates all of the other winners and finalists in the other categories.
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