CarnaudMetalbox Engineering wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation

CMbE's new patented reformattm Spray Machine won the company the Innovation award.

CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (CMbE) has become one of 220 organisations nationally recognised in 2020 with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

CMbE designs, develops and manufactures high-performance metal forming and finishing machinery for the production of beverage, food and aerosol cans. Established in 1930 and employing over 450 people, the Shipley based company are now four time winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, including: International Trade, Technological Achievement and now Innovation.

The Queen’s Award for Innovation category is aimed at organisations who are either innovative in their methods and practices as a whole, or who have created and developed an innovative product or service.

The Innovative product that won CMbE this new honour is its patented reformattm Spray Machine, a servo driven internal spray machine for can making, developed to improve the speed, efficiency and process control for evenly coating the inside of food or beverage cans with a precise amount of lacquer, preventing food or drink contact with the metal of the can body.

Andrew Truelove, CMbE’s general manager, commented: ‘It’s a fantastic feeling to be winners of the Queen’s Award for the 4th time in our history. This one is particularly special, as it is for Innovation, which is at the heart of all we do. It has also been a while since we have won in this category, having achieved this honor back in 1986, our first Queen’s Award, some 34 years ago. (Then named Technological Achievement).

“It is a testament to our continued drive for innovation, which is part of our DNA, as demonstrated by our world-class employees, who display this characteristic every day, and in everything they do. We do great things here at CMbE and I am extremely proud of each and every one of us, and all of our key stakeholders, who have made this award possible. Congratulations to everyone involved!’

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