Xtrac's innovation is rewarded

Written by: Paul Fanning | Published:
Xtrac CEO Adrian Moore

Vehicle transmission specialist Xtrac, whose energy-efficient gearbox designs are helping to influence radically different technology for future road cars, has received the Queen's Award for Enterprise. The company has won the award in the category for Innovation for its development of an Integrated Lightweight Electric Vehicle (ILEV) gearbox range spearheaded by Xtrac CEO Adrian Moore.

Xtrac previously received a Queen's Award for Export and Excellence in 1992, less than a decade after it was founded to serve the motorsport industry. Nowadays, as well as continuing to serve the industry globally, it has successfully reached out to the automotive mainstream.

"Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected us like all other businesses in our industry, in the UK and around the world," says Moore. "With international motor racing now at a standstill, it has been necessary to furlough some of our employees, and every single one of us has volunteered to take a pay cut to get us through these uncertain times.”

"So, to receive such prestigious recognition for the highly skilled accomplishments of our people is a very welcome boost to morale for all of us. And, it's particularly good news, of course, for our fast-growing High-Performance Automotive business unit, headed by James Setter, which led the implementation of the winning Integrated Lightweight Electric Vehicle transmission project."

Part of the UK's renowned high-performance engineering sector, Xtrac will attend a Royal reception later in the year. Her Majesty, The Queen, personally approves the winners announced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). James Puxley, the Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, will present the award, which will also be later in the year, at the company's newly expanded design and manufacturing headquarters at Thatcham in West Berkshire.

Xtrac has put intense research and development effort into its energy-efficient hybrid & electric vehicle transmission systems and more recently has further ramped up these efforts. Innovative electric motors developed by Protean Electric for next-generation electric cars have been adopted in a newly deployed technology that revolutionises the safety of lifting loads by crane. The wireless load controlling system, developed by Australian-based Roborigger, allows dogmen to rotate and stabilise the crane loads with a remote control, eliminating the need for them to be in the vicinity of lifted loads. The technology is being rolled out to construction and oil and gas companies, as well as to ports and logistics operators globally.

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