UK - Professor Gareth Hankins, Renishaw’s director of the Group Manufacturing Services Division is one of the two winners this year of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Achievement Award.
The IET Award, an acknowledgement of individuals with exceptional contribution to science, engineering or technology within the scope of R&D or leadership, is given each year and will be presented at an awards ceremony on 15 November in London.
Hankin’s award for manufacturing is the affirmation of his achievement over a period of the last ten years, in which he has developed highly flexible UK manufacturing operations at UK-based Renishaw. Among his exemplary qualities, including strategic understanding of manufacturing disciplines, standardisation of equipment and processes, and data improvement contribute to his win. The engineering technologies company, which supplies products for applications in jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery, noted sales of £536.8 million for the year ended June 2017.
“While this is an individual award, I believe that it also recognises the tremendous global success of Renishaw,” explained Hankins, who began as an apprentice at the tender age of 16 at Renishaw. He also nurtures engineering talent, with a strong focus on apprenticeships and graduate entrants. “I have been fortunate to spend my career in a culture that encourages people to strive for excellence,” adds Hankins.
Renishaw has worldwide over 4,000 employees in 35 countries. The company has won numerous international awards, including eighteen Queen’s Awards for achievements in technology, export and innovation and the IET award can be seen as one more accolade.