The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills visited Integrated Technologies Ltd (ITL) yesterday (23rd September) to learn how the company is shaping the future of healthcare and helping to nurture the global engineering skills base.
ITL is a world-leading product development, design and manufacturing company specialising in medical, diagnostic and analytical devices. They were flagged up as a success story after winning two Kent Excellence in Business Awards earlier on in the year.
Accompanied by CEO Tom Cole, Chairman Paddy Greenwood and Director Greg Smith, Dr Cable was first introduced to the team responsible for the surface mount (SMT) line and cable manufacture. The SMT team explained the manufacturing process for a PCB and demonstrated the production and testing of a printed circuit board.
Dr Cable and his team were particularly impressed by the number of quality gates that each and every PCB manufactured at ITL goes through.
The next stop on the tour was a brief introduction to several of the exciting products that ITL manufacture. At this point Mr Cole handed over to a member of staff in each work cell to provide an overview.
ITL’s production operators and production engineers took the reins and provided live demonstrations and fascinating explanations of life-saving medical devices. This included the DySIS video colposcope for cervical cancer diagnosis and the Bedfont Scientific nitric oxide delivery and monitoring system for premature babies.
Dr Cable discussed the importance of companies like ITL to the UK economy and was thrilled that Innovate UK grants were helping to make this happen. He also expressed a keen interest in ITL’s global operations and was delighted that the Chinese office successfully helps to export medical devices designed and manufactured in the UK into an upcoming market.
Next up it was the turn of the engineers in Integrated Technologies Ltd’s research and development department to showcase their product development and design projects.
Here Dr Cable spent some time with some of ITL’s successful apprentices including Dan Hollands, a mechanical engineer now working towards an engineering degree.
Tom Cole, ITL CEO said “My staff are very important to the success of our global business and it was a pleasure to meet Dr Vince Cable yesterday. ITL have a great future ahead and Dr Cable gave a huge boost to the company morale during his visit.”
The tour concluded with a whole company photograph outside the ITL offices in Ashford