24 April 2003, Wokingham UK--PerkinElmer Optoelectronics has won two Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2003 - the most prestigious corporate accolade given to businesses in the UK.
With awards for both innovation and international trade, PerkinElmer is one of only three companies in the United Kingdom to win in both categories. More than 1000 companies were considered for this year's awards, with 123 companies ultimately selected.
The awards are made by The Queen on the advice of Prime Minister Tony Blair, assisted by an Advisory Committee including representatives of government and industry. The awards are bestowed for five years and will be presented during a ceremony at PerkinElmer's premises in Wokingham. Later this year, the company will be invited to a reception given by The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The company said that the award recognises the achievements of its FD440/Chromos11 products, which are portable laptop PC-based miniaturised devices for testing chromatic and polarisation mode dispersion in optical fibres - key parameters that determine how much data can be transmitted over high-speed optical networks.
The Chromos11 has been used to characterise transoceanic submarine links with lengths in excess of 12,000km, measuring end-to-end dispersion of repeaterless and line-amplified systems with minimum network disruption.
PerkinElmer also received The Queen's Award for International Trade 2003 in recognition of its exceptional performance in international sales; its products are sold to more than 50 countries.
John Murphy, President, PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, said,"The Queen's Awards are a tribute to the dedicated and creative employees of PerkinElmer Optoelectronics who are committed to the success of our customers and our company by delivering value through best-in-class technology practices."