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AESSEAL off to the Palace

Pictured left to right: Mark Johnson, Jonathan Wilkinson, Ryan Sheals, Gerald Grant, Sharon McDonnell, Robert Agnew and Jeanne Tilley

Award-winning Engineering firm books date with Royalty

Seven representatives from the AESSEAL group of companies are to visit Buckingham Palace on Monday 13th July 2009 after the group was awarded the equivalent of FOUR company knighthoods in this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Jonathan Wilkinson, AESSEAL plc Chief Operating Officer will be accompanied by six colleagues; Jeanne Tilley, Mark Johnson, Gerald Grant, Sharon McDonnell, Ryan Sheals and Robert Agnew. The Seven will attend a special evening reception for 2009 Queen’s Award winners, to be hosted by Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

AESSEAL plc won two Queen’s Awards in the Innovation and Sustainable Development categories whilst AESSEAL MCK Ltd, the group’s Belfast-based subsidiary won a further two, one for International Trade and one for Innovation in April this year.  The group specialises in the design and manufacture of mechanical seals, bearing protectors and environmental control systems for process equipment, maximising reliability and protecting the environment from leakage. 

Since the Company’s inception in 1979, the business has expanded at a compound rate of more than 20% per annum, with uninterrupted sales and profit growth. This has been achieved through an entrenched ethos of customer service excellence, reliability-focus and by setting leading standards in best practice techniques and performance. Today, the Company is the world’s fourth largest mechanical seal business with a global footprint in 31 countries.

Chris Rea, Group Managing Director comments: 
“I believe that a Queen’s Award is the ultimate Establishment to Business Award. I am absolutely confident that our association with the Queen’s Awards has been a key motivator for my work colleagues since 1988 and have collectively contributed to uninterrupted business success for more than 20 years. On behalf of all of my colleagues in the AES Engineering Ltd. Group we feel proud and privileged that our AESSEAL brand continues to be associated with the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.”

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise exist to champion the UK’s most enterprising, creative and sustainable organisations – from all business sectors. Companies can apply for an Award in three categories – International Trade, Innovation or Sustainable Development. It costs nothing to enter, and The Awards are open to any UK-based business with two or more employees.