2016 in Review – Biggest Successes of the Year

The ITL Group has enjoyed a progressive and fruitful 2016 – from expanding our offerings and forging new partnerships, to growing our team and winning some coveted awards along the way. The end of the year gives us the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the year’s successes. Here’s a month-by-month summary of our highlights and achievements over the last 12-months:

January

We kicked off the year by honouring the loyalty of team members in our Chinese arm IES. Five employees were presented with a legnth of service award for the commitment to IES and ITL Group.

We supported our client, Bedfont Scientific, as their established subsidary company, NOXBoX Ltd.ITL has worked with Bedfont since the initial introduction of the NOXBoXi into manufacturing and continue to test, build and pack the units - this successful launch saw us provide more support and increase our contacted service.

February

We expanded our UK facility and upgraded our automated surface mount line to a Europlacer iieno II. The new line and revamped area saw us double our capacity for PCB manufacture and launch a standalone medical PCB manufacturing service.

The 25th of February 2016 marked 39 years since Integrated Technologies Ltd. was incorporated. As it fell on a Thrusday, we ran with a ‘Throwback Thursday’ timeline, sharing archive photos from years gone by.

March

We won a 2016 Partnership Award. The Kent Messenger Charity Team presented us with the accolade for our ongoing sponsorship of the KM Bright Sparks Awards, an initiative which encourages students to get excited about STEM subjects.

This month we recorded our biggest ever profits - pre-tax profits up to 30%, turnover 6%. Our success is attributed to us keeping up with technological developments and our involvement in a diverse range of leading edge R&D projects and manufacturing contracts.

April

This month we set a business challenge for MSc Finance and Management students from Kent Business School. The students were tasked to develop a growth strategy for our US subsidiary, ITL VA. Following the challenge, we offered an internship to one of the students, Mia Huang, who really impressed us with her proposal.

May

We worked with Breakthrough Funding and clients Endomag and Bedfont Scientific to produce a definitive guide to R&D Tax credits. After being asked for advice from a number of clients, we conducted interviews and wrote a ‘how to’ guide featuring professional advice about how to apply for tax grants and the first-hand experiences of two medical device firms.

May 1st marked three years since ITL Group launched our US operation, ITL VA. Having an expert team out in the US has opened up immeasurable opportunities for us, and we’ve swiftly built up a loyal client-base.

June

Summer saw ITL celebrate a double win at KEiBA 2016; Kent’s prestigious business awards. We were crowned ‘Manufacturing Business of the Year’ and ‘Large Business of the Year’ against some tough competition.

July

We worked with Breakthrough Funding and clients Endomag and Bedfont Scientific to produce a definitive guide to R&D Tax credits. After being asked for advice from a number of clients, we conducted interviews and wrote a ‘how to’ guide featuring professional advice about how to apply for tax grants and the first-hand experiences of two medical device firms.

August

ITL’s client Endomag signed a distribution deal with Leica Biosystems to bring their Sentimag system to the US and Canada. The new deal saw ITL increase services to support Endomag’s global expansion.

September

In September we invested in new talent. Andrew Dean, a student at Dane Court Grammar school, had impressed our CEO at the Kent Bright Spark Awards. He joined ITL on an apprenticeship, initially within manufacturing, this will eventually lead to a career in Systems Engineering within the R&D team.

We’re proud to sponsor two PhD students from UCL and support them in the development of two new medical devices. This month we received an update from the academics, Tudor Besleaga and Chia-Hung Li, on their progress so far. Tudor is developing a wearable cardiovascular device and Chia-Hung Li a nasal blockage analyser. We were impressed by the extensive research carried out and guiding principles set that will shape their innovations.

October

This month, representatives from ITL had the honour of participating in a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) event at Benenden School, Kent. Our Mechanical Design Engineer, Sukie Whitehall, delivered an inspiring and passionate speech about women in engineering, her opportunities at ITL and the future of our sector.

November

On 11th November two ITL team members were honoured for their contribution to the manufacturing industry at The Manufacturer Top 100 report launch. At the event in Birmingham, CEO Tom Cole and SMT Team Leader Alex Richardson were featured amongst the top 100 most inspiring and influential role models in the industry – both taking home a trophy for their achievements.

For us this period was all about MEDICA. Exclusively for show visitors, the ITL team designed, developed and manufactured a ‘demonstrator of the future of diagnostic devices’ - a world of medical possibilities and applications in one device. We unveiled the innovation at MEDICA in Germany and invited visitors to demo the device and tell us how they would use the tech in their next innovation. We received fantastic feedback and generated some great media coverage too!

We celebrated again this month as ITL Virginia was accredited to ISO 13485. This meant that our colleagues in US could now manufacture medical devices and fully support our American customers.

December

In anticipation of our milestone anniversary next February we have invested in a new website, re-brand and calendar of celebratory activities. The new identity and brand extension will be rolled out early next year – watch this space.

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