UK military night vision and thermal innovator Thermoteknix awarded inaugural King’s Award for export excellence

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Thermoteknix Systems Ltd., a global innovator in night vision and thermal imaging, and has been honoured with the distinguished King’s Award for Enterprise, recognising significant and sustained growth in international trade.

The UK company has established a solid foundation and reputation internationally for its specialist thermal and night vision systems designed for military and defence customers.

Its success in securing the King’s Award for Enterprise is proof that UK innovation and manufacturing is thriving and that UK engineering is leading the way in emerging and transformative defence technologies which are much sort after by forces around the world seeking to modernise and adapt their armies to the changing face of warfare.

Jonti Salisbury, Head of Imaging Sales in Defence and Security

Jonti Salisbury, Head of Imaging Sales in Defence and Security

Over the last three years, Thermoteknix has seen overseas revenues grow by 173% with notable success in markets across North America, Europe and Asia.
Founded in 1982, Thermoteknix operates from state-of-the-art facilities in Cambridge where it manufactures and supplies advanced thermal imaging solutions to defence and security markets, and high-temperature process monitoring.

Unlike many of its competitors beholden to shareholders, Thermoteknix remains a privately run, family business that successfully exports to more than 70 countries around the world.

The company employs more than 70 people and continues with plans to invest in new talent, expand its facilities and deploy cutting-edge systems. The company also works with a dedicated network of international sales agents delivering product expertise, customer support and training.

Throughout the challenges of COVID and subsequent global economic instability, Thermoteknix has maintained its focus on delivering the latest advancements in thermal imaging technology for customers in both heavy industry and military sectors.

During the last 2 years, the company has enhanced its range of thermal image systems to include ground-breaking augmented reality technology. It is delivering specialist head-up display systems for dismounted soldiers based on patented technology that delivers advanced situational awareness and target detection capabilities. Its latest advancements in AR have created new opportunities in the defence and security market, supporting soldier modernisation programmes and equipping troops on the front line.

Thermoteknix AR systems are already being utilised by specialist NATO forces around the world. The company is also collaborating with a number of specialist military customers on ‘future soldier’ projects where Thermoteknix AR tech is front and centre in developing new kit for improved target detection and covert surveillance.

Thermoteknix is driven by its commitment to quality, reliability and determination to develop and deliver solutions that solve the biggest challenges.

Over the years Thermoteknix has worked with some of the world’s biggest names in defence and technology. Milestones include delivering unique thermal imaging solutions for Formula 1 and IndyCar racing, the USA Aegis Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Programme, and collaborating with National Geographic ground-breaking wildlife documentaries for global television audiences.

The company has also worked with space agency NASA. Thermoteknix cameras were installed on NASA’s successful, historic 2009 Lunar Crater Remote Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, used to beam images back to Earth to confirm the presence of water on the Moon.

The company’s awards cabinet also boasts impressive accolades celebrating its innovation and sales successes. It has previously won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Export Achievement and is a two-time winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation.

News that the company had won the inaugural King’s Award for Enterprise was met with a huge sense of pride by the Thermoteknix team.

Founder and Managing Director of Thermoteknix, Dr Richard Salisbury said, “The company is extremely honoured to receive this award and would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment shown by our whole team in delivering outstanding results for our customers around the world in what continues to be fast-changing and challenging markets made all the more onerous during the COVID pandemic.”

Delighted by the royal recognition, Head of Imaging Sales, Jonti Salisbury added, “Thermoteknix remains at the forefront of thermal imaging and night vision technologies innovation and our continued success in such competitive markets demonstrates the impact of great British innovation, engineering and quality.”

The King’s Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious award for UK businesses and is a globally recognised royal seal of approval for UK companies.

The distinguished King’s Award emblem is a recognised Royal endorsement at home and overseas.

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