Peratech wins Queen's Award for QTC touch technology
UK firm Peratech has been presented with the 2012 Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its Quantum Tunnelling Composite (QTC) technology.
The patented material, which also won Peratech a Judges' Special Award at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) in 2011, is designed to react to variations in pressure.
When a force is applied to the composite, its resistance decreases in direct proportion to the force applied. This relationship makes the material suitable for use in a range of applications: from the replacement of switches and sensors, to next generation touchscreens.
"We are so delighted that a small Yorkshire company has been recognised as being a technology innovator that is changing the world in so many different areas," said Peratech's cto and founder. "Almost anywhere that needs a switch or a sensor, we can almost always provide a solution that is better, cheaper, more sensitive and more reliable.
"Switch technology has hardly changed in two hundred years - QTC innovates with solid state solutions using quantum effects that belong in the twenty first century!"
The award was presented to Peratech at a ceremony on 14th of September by HM Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, James Dugdale, 2nd Baron Crathorne, KStJ, FSA, FRSA, on behalf of Her Majesty, The Queen.
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