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Queens Award

Joseph Rhodes, part of Group Rhodes, was presented on 2 October with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade by Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. The presentation was made during a special Group Rhodes Open Day held at The Hepworth, Wakefield.
This is the second time that the Company has won a Queen’s Award. Joseph Rhodes was also presented with a Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2010 in recognition of its continuous development of Super Plastic Forming and Diffusion Bonding Presses specifically designed for the high temperature forming of titanium and aluminium alloys, primarily used in the aerospace and automotive industries.
Mark Ridgway OBE, Managing Director of Group Rhodes, and President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), said: “We are honoured and delighted to have been presented with a second Queen’s Award. The last few years have been challenging for manufacturing in the UK, and our success really has been a team effort. The award is recognition of the hard work, high skills and determination of all our people.”
The key note address at the Open Day presentation was given by Richard Heald, Chief Executive Officer, UK India Business Council (UKIBC). As part of the Open Day, three robots from Rhodes Technical Services (RTS) were transported to Wakefield where they were put through their paces in front of guests.