April 2017 Queens Award

Revolutionising the usually hidden world of industrial valves and actuation may not spring to mind when discussing innovation, but The Smart Actuator Company Ltd (SmartAct®) of Malvern Worcestershire has done just that.

This family business, which is the 6th fastest growing company in the Midlands, has not only applied new innovative thinking to UK based manufacturing of these products but also brought both energy efficient technology and smart technology to this mature industry sector.

The award is a wonderful recognition for the entire team at SmartAct® whose enterprising spirit and high quality of engineering is also shaking up the perceived concepts that volume manufacturing of industrial components no longer has a place in the UKs mixed economy. They are proud to house all aspects of the company, from conceptual design and prototyping through to manufacture, quality control and dispatch all under one roof.

Their SmartAct® range of actuators has been complemented with smart technology, meaning that performance and diagnostics of the actuators can now be monitored by a smart phone or tablet via Bluetooth.

Furthermore, their embedded electronic controls have the capability for additional future innovation.

Malvern resident, James O’Donnell (MD) is the inventor behind the SmartAct® product line who has a long history in the high technology and manufacturing sector.

“For our young company to have won one of Britain’s most coveted business awards is simply amazing. Especially so in this historic year when HM the Queen celebrates the sapphire anniversary of her reign” says SmartAct® CEO and family member Tony O’Donnell. “The award appropriately reflects the time, commitment and effort that our people have invested. It is a standard of commercial excellence & innovation that is recognised worldwide. Our job now is to continue to build on the success so far and to maximise the benefits our innovation can bring both to customers across the globe and our UK economy.”

SmartAct® recognise that the Queens Award is a tremendous achievement for the company and fantastic recognition for everyone on the team. One area of investment that is in keeping with the values of the company founders, is investment in the next generation of skills and talent. With this in mind, SmartAct® are proud to welcome 4 new young apprentices into the team.

“The recognition of the Queen’s Award is a great achievement for the whole team” commented Tonya O’Donnell (Marketing Director) “We would also like to thank our local Chamber of Commerce and LEP along with The British Valve & Actuator Association and Department for International Trade whose support has been invaluable to the success and growth of our business.”

SmartAct® have no plans to rest on the laurels as they have plenty more projects, based on their innovative new energy saving and smart technology in the pipeline.