In the stunning setting of London’s Tower Hotel, the 2019 Electronics Industry Awards crowned the sector’s leading products, companies and professionals as champions in front of an audience of esteemed professionals.
The event – organised by Datateam Business Media – has become a highlight of the industry calendar since its inception in 2018, where leading figures from the electronics field gather to celebrate their achievements and reward the market leaders from across the blossoming sector.
This year proved to be no different, as the afternoon began with a exclusive champagne reception where guests had an invaluable opportunity to network with peers, before being invited to sit down to enjoy a delicious three-course luncheon.
Following lunch, the editor of Components in Electronics magazine, Niamh Marriott kicked off the awards ceremony with a rousing speech, addressing the thriving nature of the electronics sector:
“Today is a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate your hard work and total dedication to the electronics sphere and note the people and products in particular who have stood out with their successes”.
With the audience keen to find out which of the worthy finalists would take home a trophy, it was time for comedian Ian Moore and household favourite Alan Dedicoat to announce the 2019 winners.
The first accolades of the afternoon were presented in the Product categories, which had been decided by combining a record number of votes with the scores of an expert panel of judges. The ceremony began with the Aerospace/Military/Defence Product of the Year accolade, which was presented to Eskan Electronics for its STURA7 Drone Detector and Disruptor.
Shortly after, the Automotive Product of the Year was awarded to Analog Devices for its LT8708/-1: 80V Bidirectional Synchronous Buck-Boost DC/DC Controller, before the trophy for the Automotive Product of the Year was presented to Plessey Semiconductors for the microLED Emissive Display.
The Enclosure Product of the Year category was up next and it was Phoenix Contact that was invited to the stage to collect the accolade for its Environmental Case System.
In the hotly contested Engineering Development/Design Tool of the Year category, Introspect Technology was announced to be the winner for its Introspect ESP Software, before Fischer Connectors’ LP360 Connector was deemed to be the winner of the Interconnection Product of the Year category.
Lattice Semiconductor picked up the Internet of Things Product of the Year award for its sensAI Stack before Yokogawa Europe Test & Measurement won the prestigious Power Product of the Year accolade for its WT5000 Precision Power Analyzer.
The Test, Measurement & Inspection Product of the Year trophy was collected by Introspect Technology; it’s second of the afternoon, for the SV3C-DPTXCPTX Combo MIPI D-PHY/C-PHY Generator. In the final product category, the Embedded Solution Product of the Year was presented to Plessey Semiconductors as the company took to the stage to collect another award for the microLED Emissive Display.
The Business categories were up next, where the winners had been decided solely by an online vote. Digi-Key was the first winner of the afternoon, taking home the coveted Distributor of the Year award.
The Electronics Manufacturer of the Year accolade was won by NCAB Group UK before the Excellence in Innovation category was awarded to Xilinx. It was then time for NCAB Group UK to step back into the spotlight, as the company collected its second award of the afternoon for outstanding Environmental Leadership.
The trophies in the last two product categories were split between Intelliconnect, who won the Best Customer Service Award, and RS Components who collected the accolade for outstanding Academic Support.
The final accolade of the afternoon was the prestigious Industry Personality award, where Nick Foot of BWW Communications was invited to the stage to collect the accolade for his exemplary contributions to the sector. The presentation of this trophy aptly marked the end of the ceremony.
The event also gave guests the opportunity to give something back, as everyone in attendance was invited to play a game of charity ‘Heads & Tails’. Raising money for the Watford based charity New Hope, an organisation that has a mission to prevent homelessness and transform lives within the town; the winners of the game received two bottles of champagne. The amount of money raised will be totalled and announced on the Electronics Industry Awards website in the coming days.
Following the success of the event, advertisement manager Amy Wilton commented: “The winners from this year’s event are great advocates for our prosperous industry. I would like to thank everyone who entered and voted, our judges, those in attendance and the sponsors of the event – without your support, occasions like this wouldn’t be possible.”
The Electronics Industry Awards would like to thank the following industry heavyweights for their support: Advanced Rework Technology Ltd, BWW Communications, Eskan Electronics, Ineltek, NCAB Group UK, Neesham, Farnell, IntelliConnect, Introspect Technology, MORNSUN, Napier, Publitek and Socionext.