Two companies involved in the manufacture of industrial gas applications have been separately recognised for achievements in enterprise and excellence after winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2022.

North East beverage solutions specialist Sure Purity Ltd (Sure) was one of 225 organisations nationally to win the award. 

Since 2016 the company has been manufacturing carbon dioxide (CO2) polishing filtration systems used to prevent product contamination in the beverage industry. 

By removing potentially harmful trace impurities from beverage grade CO2, Sure uses its proprietary technology to address global quality concerns in the beverage industry. 

Source: Sure Purity Ltd

Commenting on the award, Gary Robson, Founder and Managing Director, said, “It’s an incredible honour to receive an award this prestigious and we’re proud to be flying the flag for the North East region.” 

“With our industry-leading product, we’re not only helping to protect global brands and their consumers’ brands from issues of contamination, we are also providing a sustainable way for major brands’ beverage bottling plants to reduce their solid waste by 50%, and in doing so lower their carbon footprint.” 

A Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade was provided to Hummingbird Sensing Technology (Hummingbird) after demonstrating ‘significant growth’ in international trade over the past six years. 

The gas sensing technology manufacturer saw its growth increase markedly following the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in the company accelerating productivity to meet heavy demand from partners in the healthcare market. 

To help meet this demand, Hummingbird developed a faster-to-produce version of the paramagnetic oxygen sensor for non-medical OEM customers. 

“This is an incredible achievement and I want to thank everyone involved for their dedication during what was a very challenging time for so many,” declared Andy Cowan, President of parent company Servomex. 

“We’re seen by our customers as a global business operating with a local level of service and support, and it’s this that has driven our outstanding growth.”