May 28, 2014

Queens Award for Enterprise – Innovation 2013


SMD was honoured with a third consecutive Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category in recognition of the development of its specialist subsea trenching technology.

The award recognises the innovations the company has made to its subsea trenching and ploughing equipment to create a suite of technology suited to Offshore Wind and Offshore Power cable installation.

Originally developed for subsea cable installation for the telecommunications industry, SMD spent five years developing its technology to create three product ranges applicable to different soil conditions and vessel requirements.  

Andrew Hodgson, Chief Executive of SMD, said: “Securing a hat-trick of consecutive Queen’s Awards is testament to the innovative engineering talent we have at SMD who are consistently challenging themselves to develop new and more effective solutions that meet the requirements of the industries we serve.

“Our dedication to continual innovation has enabled SMD to become a world leader in subsea intervention technology.  The increasing activity in the global energy sector, particularly the offshore renewables market, is creating new opportunities for technology-led supply chain companies that can deliver innovative solutions to ensure the effective installation and operation of offshore assets. 

“This latest Queen’s Award reflects our achievements in this field and we are very proud to be again recognised by these very prestigious and highly-regarded awards.”