Manufacturing Today Spotlights Radio Design’s Spectacular Progress

Article in Manufacturing Today highlighting that by utilising multi award-winning technology, Radio Design’s solutions allow the world’s largest network operators to achieve maximum data throughput and capacity, through existing and shared infrastructure.

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First-hand knowledge helps local electronics manufacturer

Radio Design’s Eric Hawthorn shares his considerable first-hand knowledge and experience with a local electronics manufacturer, in his role as ExportExchange patron

Leeds-based electronics manufacturer, Daletech Electronics, has received free strategic export advice as part of a new export network that is exclusive to businesses in the Leeds City Region.

The advice and mentoring from Radio Design director Eric Hawthorn will help Daletech directors realise ambitions for growth in Europe and beyond under the new Government-backed ExportExchange programme.

Through the scheme he has made contact with Daletech, and is providing the business with free, practical advice that will enable it to begin selling its high quality, low volume Leeds-manufactured electronics overseas.

Daletech managing director Tracey Dawson said: “We are just at the start of our export journey and the help that Eric has given us as a patron on the ExportExchange programme has been invaluable.”

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Radio Design Granted China Import/Export License

A major step forward for Radio Design’s Hardware Repair Services (HWS) business in China was the recent grant of an import/export license. This allows the import of used equipment into China to be repaired and then exported back to the end user.

China has strict policies on the import of used equipment so this type of license can be hard to get. We could not have achieved this without outstanding support and cooperation from the Wuxi branch of the Customs Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (CIQ), who guided us through the rigorous audit and inspection process.

We look forward to the continued growth of our HWS business as our China operation develops into a hub supporting customers throughout the APAC region.

Pictured here are Radio Design MD, Eric Hawthorn, Mr Shan Xueshi, Wuxi CIQ, Mr Xu Jie, Wuxi CIQ and Razaq Mahmood, General Manager of Radio Design Wuxi.

Radio Design Regains Ilkley Team Triathlon Title

Radio Design was magnificently represented at this weekend’s Ilkley Triathlon. Not only did official Team Radio Design (Eric Hawthorn, Nick Lisle and Martin Gostling) regain their overall team crown, but the company also had Mike Page, Duncan Austin and Paul Hickling flying the company colours.

And, as can be seen in the accompanying photos, a large group of energetic and enthusiastic supporters played a key part in their success! Team RD’s overall time smashed the 1 hour barrier and, at 56 min 51 sec, came close to bettering its own record. However, this record could be under threat; word has it that a RD ladies team is preparing to enter the fray next year… Watch this space!

Radio Design’s Eric Hawthorn on “Stellar List” of Newly Elected Fellows to the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “Since 130 engineers were first called together in 1976 to form the Fellowship of Engineering, our Fellows have come together to advance and promote excellence in engineering.  I’m so proud to welcome our new Fellows, who represent the very best of UK engineering…

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Introducing the RF Router™, Radio Design’s unique new concept that takes the complexity out of cell-site design

Site design complexity is increasing rapidly, driven by an increasing number of radio ports per sector. The RF Router™i s a revolutionary concept from Radio Design that takes the complexity out of site design by putting the splitting, combining and – if required – uplink amplification all into one box.

Radio Design Announces Exciting New Range of Auto Bypass™ Combiners

At a time when cell site designs are incredibly complex and undergoing frequent upgrades, Radio Design’s Auto BypassTM Combiners are being mass deployed to ensure fast, accurate installation and to provide flexibility for the future.

Radio Design’s Eric Hawthorn [the “Founding Founding Patron”] Helps Launch ExportExchange, a Peer-to-Peer Business Initiative for Yorkshire SMEs

Businesses in the Leeds City Region are to benefit from a unique regional initiative aimed at boosting international trade, it has been announced today in Leeds. ExportExchange is an online and offline network which aims to help businesses within the city region and beyond to increase exports, grow revenues and create employment.

The ExportExchange programme is backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Department for International Trade (DIT), and a number of private sector media, marketing and export specialists. The initiative was launched by Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the LEP, and Marian Sudbury, director of the Northern Powerhouse for DIT, in Leeds on 30 June at AQL’s Salem Chapel building in the Holbeck area of the city.

The launch event saw a host of invited guests from businesses in the Leeds City Region that are already successfully exporting come together as ‘patrons’ to back a programme that will pool their expertise and know-how to help Yorkshire firms that want to develop their overseas trade.

Marsh said: “The need for businesses to seek more diversified global growth has never been greater. A recent HMRC report found that in the year to March 2017, Yorkshire and the Humber saw a 7.6 per cent increase in the value of exports, so we know the ability to achieve this exists. We challenged the business community to mobilise expertise within the region to help a new generation of would-be exporters and, with the collaboration of over 50 new patrons from some of the region’s most successful exporters, we’ve built a unique support network that is 100 per cent free to use.”

Under the ExportExchange programme, the patrons, all experienced exporters and business leaders from across the Leeds City Region – which includes Skipton and Harrogate in the north, Barnsley in the south, and York – will share their expertise on every aspect of exporting and growth with fledgling SME exporters…

Eric Hawthorn Joins Other Industry Giants in Royal Academy Warning on Research Funding

Warning to George Osborne from some of UK’s biggest companies over risks of cutting government funding for research and development.

Britain’s biggest engineering companies are calling on the Chancellor to support UK research and development in the coming spending review, warning changes to current funding could drive away foreign investment.

Bosses at Airbus, GKN, Jaguar Land Rover and Weir Group are among those backing an open letter co-ordinated by the Royal Academy of Engineering to support investment to develop new technologies and products in the UK, saying it is critical to the country’s economic growth.

They want the Government to spell out a clear and enduring industrial strategy to support research, warning that without it Britain risks losing its place as a leading technology base.

Reports have suggested the Government is considering shaking up the way it funds research. Currently Innovate UK – the public body formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board – gets £600m a year of public money which it distributes to industry through grants but ministers are thought to be considering swapping these for loans.

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Radio Design Receives Royal Visitor – The Duke of York Presents the Company’s Second Queen’s Award

TEAMWORK and collaboration by employees at a Bradford technology firm have been praised by a royal visitor to the award-winning global exporter. . The Duke of York congratulated staff at Radio Design today during a tour of the factory in Salts Mill, Saltaire. He was visiting the £21 million turnover firm, which employs about 240 people locally and another 60 in India and China producing transmission technology for mobile network operators, as it received a Queen’s Award for International Trade.

It won its second royal accolade in four years after doubling overseas trade over the last three years and now sells 65 per cent of its products abroad. In 2011 Radio Design won an innovation award for its innovative equipment enabling mobile network operators to share transmission masts. A relaxed Prince Andrew showed a keen interest in Radio Design’s product development and processes as he chatted with executives, senior engineers, technical development specialists and shop floor production staff .

The Duke said:” A Queen’s Award is not easy to come by and recognises the expertise, collaboration, leadership and teamwork of everyone in the business. “From what I have heard and seen, Radio Design’s trajectory can only be upwards. Achieving a Queen’s Award marks it out as one of the best companies in the UK.”

Company founder and managing director Eric Hawthorn said its record in the Queen’s Awards mirrored its progress, firstly as a technology innovator and then as a growing exporter.

Showing the Duke around the plant he revealed that its initial innovative kit was originally dunked in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal behind the mill for 24 hours to ensure it was watertight.

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