Filtronic plc announced that it has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

Filtronic is one of 205 organisations nationally to be recognised this year with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, of which 122 are for International Trade. Filtronic’s award entry focused on the short-term growth in export sales of its microwave and mmWave solutions over a three-year period.

Filtronic specialises in RF, microwave and mmWave subsystems. Its E-Band transceivers are used in 5G backhaul and also find applications in test & measurement, and in high altitude platform stations (HAPS) and low earth orbit (LEO) satellites. New markets continue to be nurtured, for example E-Band transceivers have recently been supplied for a successful trial of a 10 Gbps track-to-train backhaul solution in Asia.

“We continue to invest in both capability and research & development, to help us increase our share in the rapidly growing telecom market,” said Richard Gibbs, CEO of Filtronic. “Over the past 18 months we have invested over £1 million in new equipment, and have expanded our workforce, in our hybrid microelectronics assembly facility in Sedgefield, County Durham. This has enabled us to significantly increase capacity, keep production going throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain a strong order book during the 2021 fiscal year.”

Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the U.K., and are designed to acknowledge and encourage outstanding achievements in the fields of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.