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ION Science receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise

19 October 2022

ION SCIENCE has been presented with one of the most prestigious business excellence awards in the UK, endorsing the commercial success of ION’s innovative Sensor technology.

The company formally received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the category of Innovation, at a corporate ceremony on Wednesday 5th October involving local dignitaries at its global headquarters in Cambridgeshire.

The accolade was announced back in April before the recent passing of Her Majesty the Queen, recognising the quality, reliability, and success of the MiniPID Sensor and ION’s dedication to developing and producing new technologies that offer unparalleled VOC detection, helping to protect lives and preserve the environment.

VOC sensors are used extensively worldwide in applications where the rapid, accurate detection of hazardous gases is critical to safeguarding workers, the public and the environment. These include oil rigs, gas refineries, pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, semiconductor factories, laboratories, nuclear facilities, and air quality monitoring.

Capable of withstanding relative humidity up to 99% (non-condensing), temperatures of -40 to +65 °C, and with an anti-contamination design, the MiniPID sensor range offers 10,000 hours of reliable detection, making it ideal for long-term monitoring. They also have the widest detection range on the market, from as low as 0.5 ppb (parts per billion) right up to 10,000 ppm (parts per million), making them suitable for virtually any application. ION Science’s sensors can be used to detect over 950 different compounds, many of which can pose a serious threat to human health and life. 

Dignitaries at the event included HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence OBE QPM; the Deputy Lieutenant, Christopher Walkinshaw DL; the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Jennifer Crompton; Lord-Lieutenant Cadet, Georgia Pescod; and South Cambridgeshire local MP, Anthony Browne.

The visitors took the opportunity to tour the eco-friendly, state-of-the-art facility including its in-progress works of the research & development centre to support company growth and employment where scientific work will continue to drive further innovation across the business. They then presented the Queen’s Award to ION Science managing director Duncan Johns and Steve Newcomb, the company’s operations director and deputy managing director.

Duncan Johns explained: “To receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise recognises the unrelenting efforts of our team in developing the now award-winning PID gas sensors, offering the market high quality and reliable results. We never stop innovating and our team continues to push the boundaries in sensing technology.

“Our guests were impressed by what they saw when they visited the growing headquarters in Cambridgeshire - as a business we continue to invest in our future and our people.”

For more information, visit https://ionscience.com/en/