AN engineering company has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Wirth Research Limited (Wirth), based in Bicester, has been given the sustainable development award for its work making vehicles and buildings more energy efficient.  

The company, founded by motorsport designer Nick Wirth, has designed products such as the EcoBlade, a twin-bladed strip fitted to the front of fridge shelves, which reduces cold air being lost into the aisles, and AirDoor, a mechatronic archway situated at a building’s entrance, which uses targeted airflow to improve internal comfort and improves the building’s energy efficiency.

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A spokesperson for the awarding body said: “The company has been on a journey from pinnacle motorsport design to using their expertise in aerodynamics and computer modelling to design sustainable solutions for problems in different sectors.

“It is an innovative and exemplary company that has used its modelling and aerodynamic skills acquired through the motor racing industry to transition to providing energy solutions in a range of diverse industries.”

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Mr Wirth, president and technical director, said: “We’re proud to be honoured with one of the most prestigious awards for UK businesses in a category we feel deeply passionate about.

“We know there’s more to be done and have new innovations in development that we look forward to deploying in the future and helping our customers meet their net zero targets.”


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