Packexe Ltd – 2020 recipients of a Queen's Award for Innovation
Awarded a Royal Warrant in 2016 for supplying Packexe protection film to the royal household, Packexe Ltd are this year adding a Queens Award for Enterprise to their name.
Recognised in the category of innovation for their time critical glass management tool, Packexe SMASH, the company have been supplying emergency teams across the globe with their innovative extrication tool for the last decade.
Founded in 1989, the company have over 30 years' experience creating protection films and, as a result, continue to grow as a recognisable brand throughout a variety of industries.
Supplying their range of fully recyclable protection films to the trades, Packexe SMASH and Sharpswrap to the emergency services, and infection prevention systems to healthcare, the company are forward thinking market leaders with innovation at their core.
Identifying the limitations and dangers experienced during vehicle extrication following a road traffic accident, Packexe CEO Andrew Orchard developed SMASH to provide teams with an effective solution.
“Managing vehicle glass without a designed tool increases risk to an already challenging task,” explains Andrew, “with the addition of SMASH, time is saved and the risk of injury to all involved is reduced.”
The product is comprised of a perforated film designed with a specially formulated adhesive that strengthens glass by up to 42% and a lightweight patented dispenser. Applying SMASH makes glass less likely to break and prevents shattered fragments causing further injury if the glass does break.
The dispenser makes the tool easily operable by one team member and the efficiency at which the film can be applied saves valuable minutes in life-saving scenarios, making SMASH an essential part of kit for fire teams in over 50 countries.
When asked how it feels to be a 2020 recipient of the award, Andrew said:
“To receive a Queens Award for innovation is an incredible honour, it feels great to be recognised as an innovative company and means we can share this good news throughout the company and the fire and rescue industry during these uncertain times, it’s given us a reason to celebrate!”
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