Elektra Awards 2011
14th December 2011, Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge
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Company of the Year - sponsored by

Amplicon Group came into being in 2005 following a successful management buyout of the old Amplicon Liveline company.

Amplicon is a global business with over 38 years experience in manufacturing and distribution, providing the marketplace with a wide range of complex, connected computer-based measurement and automation systems that can be customised and bundled for easy integration.

As well as the supply and support of market leading products from external manufacturers, Amplicon manufactures its own brand of high-quality industrial computers under the brand names of Ventrix, Impact, Impact-E, Impact-R and Senses. The company owns an extensive purpose-built EMC and pre-conformance laboratory, using the latest test equipment to ensure all products conform to relevant international standards.

Innovation is a key motivator in the Amplicon Group of companies and we aim to build our reputation based on the constant research and commercial awareness of our product specialist team. This ensures that we are at the leading edge of technologies and new product developments. In essence Amplicon Group is a team of qualified, specialist engineers working to support the engineering teams of our customers.

The Amplicon team understands the demands and requirements of supplying equipment to the most demanding of projects; and we are experienced in all aspects of approvals and will work to build close individual relationships with customers to deliver high quality long-term products and technical support.

In summary, the Amplicon Group provides a portfolio of products and solutions of the highest performance; we have developed a total solution capability and a ‘do it right’ attitude that makes Amplicon a key partner to all of our customers. www.amplicon.com


Power System Product of the Year sponsored by

Austin Fraser specialises in recruitment across a range of engineering and technology sectors. Our recruitment expertise spans the entire electronics spectrum, including: advanced RF, analogue and mixed-signal IC design, ASIC and FPGA development, systems engineering, embedded software, RF design and IC and PCB layout for every sector.

Whatever the engineering discipline, we understand how our clients needs change with the dynamics of the industries they work in. By staying close to each of the engineering markets we recruit for and understanding the key trends, we stay ahead of our competition and find the right people for the right jobs. www.austinfraser.com


Solid-State Lighting Application sponsored by

Anglia is the UK’s leading independent authorised distributor of semiconductors, optoelectronics, interconnect, and passive and electromechanical components. The company is a member of the SC21 programme and registered to AS9120.

Technically adept, with an experienced team of staff, Anglia supports OEM and EMS companies in every sector of electronics manufacturing. Suppliers include some of the world's leading electronic component brands, complemented by many smaller companies with leadership in their chosen technologies.

Anglia stocks over 700 million components from 500,000 product lines in the UK ready for same-day dispatch. It aims to streamline logistics and reduce customers' transaction costs through services that include KAN-BAN, EDI, and customer-dedicated inventory culminating in accurate, on-time delivery.

Technical support spans a sampling service, telephone advice from product specialists and on-site visits from field applications engineers. An in-house design team adds expert resources, helps reduce final product costs and accelerates development times.www.anglia.com


Product Innovation sponsored by 

Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA
, a subsidiary of Avnet Electronics Marketing, is a group of highly focused distribution business units (speedboats), concentrating on special market segments, franchise partners or technology areas. The Distribution groups are EBV Elektronik, Silica and Avnet Memec for semiconductors, Avnet Abacus for the IP&E market and Avnet Embedded for serving the industrial market with displays, embedded computing hardware, software, networking and wireless products. Avnet Israel and Avnet Kopp (South Africa) are regionally operating business units. Avnet Supply Chain Services manages global accounts and provides corporate account management services. Avnet Supply Chain Solutions offers vast supply chain expertise to customer to help them optimize their materials management handling cost.  These distribution business units are supported by Avnet Logistics, which operates Mega-warehouses in Poing (Germany) and Tongeren (Belgium) and one of Europe’s largest Product Modification Centers in Poing (Germany), offering programming, tape & reel and other services.

Avnet Electronics Marketing is the largest operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet Inc. (NSYE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company and one of the world's largest technology marketing, distribution and services companies. Avnet Electronics Marketing serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in over 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design chain and supply chain services. The company's Web site is located at www.em.avnet.com.


Passive & Electromechanical Product of Year


Caltest Instruments are technical distributors specialising in power products and test and measurement equipment. As well as supplying new products Caltest also offer a repair and UKAS calibration service and have a wide range of rental equipment. A highly experienced team are on hand both office based and in the field.

Caltest hold a wide range of rental equipment available on a flexible rental period from as little as a week to longer terms of over a year as well as offering lease and hire purchase agreements on all equipment that we sell to help spread the cost of capital equipment over a longer period.

Caltest are committed to providing customers with exceptional support and aim to support every product that is supplied directly with our in-house service and UKAS calibration team. In cases where this is not possible we work closely with the OEM, or a carefully selected local service provider, to provide the required support. The Caltest service and calibration team can provide field based service and calibration where required and also also offer service and calibration contracts which can include a collection and delivery service.

 Manufacturers represented include: LeCroy, Voltech, Kepco, PPS, Sefelec, GW Instek and many more!


LeCroy is a leading provider of oscilloscopes, protocol analyzers and related test and measurement solutions that enable companies to design and test electronic devices of all types. Since our founding in 1964, we have focused on creating products that improve productivity by helping engineers resolve design issues faster and more effectively.

Oscilloscopes are used by designers and engineers to measure and analyze complex electronic signals in order to develop high-performance systems and to validate electronic designs in order to improve time to market. Protocol analyzers are used by designers and engineers to generate and monitor traffic over high-speed serial data interfaces.

Our real-time oscilloscopes from 40MHz to 45GHz offer a powerful combination of large displays combined with advanced wave-shape analysis capabilities tailored to enhance the productivity of engineers in specific application areas such as serial data test and automotive bus analysis.

We utilize both product areas in combination to tackle the most demanding serial data test applications, offering tailored solutions to help our customers perfect their chips, interfaces, subsystems and products which utilize important communications standards which is critical with the explosion in the use of serial data communications technologies in semiconductors, between devices on circuit boards and between computers and peripherals.


Semiconductor Product of the Year – Analogue sponsored by

Mouser Electronics is an award-winning, authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers and buyers.

Mouser.com is updated daily and features over 2 million products online from more than 450 manufacturers. With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser caters to European customers with localized service from local offices, transacting business in local currencies, time zones and languages.

To service engineers, Mouser provides data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

With locations across Europe, Asia and the Americas, the design-fulfillment distributor provides same-day shipping to over 300,000 customers in 170 countries from its 492,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. Mouser also publishes multiple print catalogues per year. A subsidiary of TTI, Inc., Mouser is part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

To learn more, visit http://www.mouser.com.


Semiconductor Product of the Year – Digital sponsored by

Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd
is an independent sales, service and technical support provider to customers in the fields of test & measurement, radio & TV broadcasting, IT security, radiomonitoring and radioloaction as well as mission-critical radiocommunications.

Rohde & Schwarz has designed and manufactured the highest-quality specialist products in Germany for 75 years across a wide range of technologies and industries, including wireless, broadcast, aerospace & defence and security markets.

Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd has been the UK subsidiary of Rohde & Schwarz GmBH for 28 years. Based in Fleet, RSUK employs 70 people to provide dedicated sales, services and support to customers across the UK and Ireland. 



Renewable Energy Design sponsored by

As a privately owned Company we provide our customers in a broad and flexible manner. We are committed not only to providing the best possible solutions, but an outstanding service to suit our unique customer requirements.
Lost in the maze of technically complex products on the market?   Then let us do the job for you.
We focus on highly sophisticated components:-


  • Microcontrollers and Processors
  • Programmable Logic Devices
  • Graphic Displays Controllers and Memory.

In addition, MSC Gleichmann UK Ltd have UK based expertise personnel who will provide assistance and competent advice throughout all stages of your design, from components to board level products through to programming and production.
Our mission is clear: We do not wish to just meet customers’ demands, we strive to exceed their expectations!  www.msc-ge.com


Test Product of the Year sponsored by


 Neesham PR is a leading specialist in PR for technology companies  focussed on the  semiconductor industry and the emerging Digital out of Home market. We provide effective, high quality PR solutions based on a professional and committed approach that has won endorsement from blue chip clients in electronics, telecommunications and software as well as in kiosks, digital signage and other display technologies.

Our passion for technology, either well established or emerging, knows no bounds and our incisive writing used by leading journalists as a key source, is testament to this.
Neesham’s blend of experience and skill will add measurable value to your business.  Our team is one hundred percent focused on results and has the bandwidth to cope with high levels of activity during peak periods.  We also have the energy and enthusiasm to pro-actively drive your campaign through the lulls that can occur between major events. www.neesham.co.uk


University Department of the Year sponsored by

RS is Europe’s leading distributor of electronic and maintenance components. With a range of over 500,000 products, the company serves nearly 1.6 million customers worldwide, supplying components to research and development and maintenance engineers.

Working with over 2,500 suppliers, the RS product range includes semiconductors, connectors, capacitors, resistors, LEDs, relays, switches, indicators and power supplies – a huge portfolio of electronic components available direct-from-stock. RS also provides free design tools and resources, technical advice and information on RS products from over 60 technical engineers and access to over 110,000 datasheets, ensuring that customers get the support and advice that they need. For more information go to:
Web: rswww.com  



The Embedded Systems Award sponsored by

Redline Group provides the European technology market with Permanent, Contract and Interim recruitment excellence.  Utilising search, advertising, online & social media, networking and 25 years of experience in the sector, our 30 strong team of industry and technically qualified Consultants offer a very personal, dedicated and highly effective service. We providing the advice and expertise you require to secure the candidates you need.

                                                                      ● Management         ● Technical          ● Sales

Redline has specialist divisions offering unparalleled knowledge and experience across a range of technology-based industries:- Aerospace, Automation, Automotive, Broadcast, Construction, Communications, Defence, Electronics, FMCG, Industrial, Instrumentation, Medical, Property, Semiconductor, Telecomms, Transportation Wireless Comms etc.

Contact the team on 01582 450054 or visit http://www.redlineplc.com/ for more information and to see what our customers say about their experiences with Redline.   It’s not what we do, it’s how we do it.


Design Tools and and Development Software sponsored by

The element14 knode is the world's first interactive design automation hub - a revolutionary online design platform that is exclusively focused on the needs of electronic design engineers. The element14 knode provides one interface to a world of engineering design solutions. It supports the complete design flow from concept to final production and is unique in enabling engineers to research, design, develop and prototype manufacture in a single, intelligent environment. Products get to market more quickly, and by automating the configuration of product design flow solutions, valuable engineering resource can be increasingly focused on application design and IP creation. The element14 knode is the latest addition to Premier Farnell's wave of innovation after the successful launch of its collaborative online community, element14, in June 2009.


For more information visit: www.element14.com/knode



Design Team of the Year sponsored by


Farnell is the leading multi-channel, high service distributor of electronic components, electrical parts, industrial and maintenance, repair & operations products, supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals throughout Europe and Asia with the latest technologies. Farnell employs over 1200 people in more than 20 countries around the world and trades in over 100. With over 500,000 products in stock from over 3000 suppliers, our product portfolio continues to expand, offering our customers the very latest technologies.

Farnell was awarded the prestigious ‘Environmental Award’ for its innovative biodegradable packaging at the 2010 Elektra Awards.

Farnell is part of the global Premier Farnell Group, which works across geographic and business boundaries. Sharing these facilities and best practice Farnell distribute a huge range of electronic components, electrical parts and wholesale electronics.

For more information visit the Farnell web site at uk.farnell.com



Rising Star New Engineer of the Year sponsored by

Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first, innovative information portal and eCommunity specifically built for electronic design engineers. It provides product data, design tools and technology information, whilst incorporating Web 2.0 functionality to facilitate communication, interaction, collaboration and information sharing between colleagues around the world. Users can consult experts, discover trends, post blogs, articles and comments in this world-wide forum.

Since its launch element14 has surpassed all of the targets set, has garnered overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers and suppliers alike, and is now attracting more than 24,000 visitors a week with new user profiles created each day.

element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel distribution and specialty services for electronic design engineers throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. It has a stocked range of 450,000+ products, and access to 4,000,000 more items from 3,500 top manufacturers. The company has group sales of £990.8m and over 4,100 employees globally.

For more information visit: www.element14.com.


Distributor of the Year sponsored by 


The distribution community is essential to the health of the high tech industry in the UK and Europe. Great service and quick access to best-in-class components, possibly sourced from the other side of the globe, are essential.  These can make the difference between a company being first to market with their product or being an also ran.
All of this year's finalists for the Distributor of the Year have demonstrated expertise, agility and intelligence in responding to their customers' business needs. IC Resources values these qualities above all others in the recruitment service we provide to distributors, design houses, fabless companies and IDMs. As Europe's largest and longest established semiconductor recruitment organisation, we work with a wide range of distributors on commercial and technical roles.

IC Resources is pleased to sponsor this award for a 2nd consecutive year. Congratulations to all shortlisted companies; we look forward to celebrating your successes on the night!

IC Resources successfully fills commercial (sales, marketing, business development, applications), technical and executive roles for semiconductor companies throughout UK, Europe, USA and Asia Pac.




New Company of the Year sponsored by

International Rectifier (IR) is a pioneer and world leader in advanced power management technology, from digital, analog and mixed-signal ICs to advanced circuit devices, power systems and components. The world's leading manufacturers of computers, appliances, automobiles, consumer electronics and defense systems rely on IR technology to drive the performance and efficiency of their products.

Manufacturer Export Award

Harwin is a UK based manufacturer of; high reliability and board PCB interconnects and associated PCB hardware.

Based in Portsmouth on the south coast of England, Harwin has been successfully manufacturing in the UK since 1952. A network of distributors coupled with offices and manufacturing facilities in England, Germany, France, USA and Asia provides us a global reach and comprehensive understanding of the latest technologies.

 For more information visit:



Educational Support Award sponsored by

Since  inception in 1999, the Intellectual Capital  Group has held fast to its founding principal: to establish a recruitment organisation that is viewed by our clients, and the wider industry, as a genuine business partner and valued ally.

Part of this commitment is doing what we can to ensure a healthy pipeline of skills coming through both the eductional and commercial sector. In sponsoring the Educational Support  Award, the IC Group celebrates companies that have long term vision. These organisations recognise that success is founded on a platform of sustained development and investment. Educational support, training and development are not necessarily investments that generate “instant wins” but they are essential in building a closely knit team and a unified workforce.

All those shortlisted for this award have resisted the tempations of short term thinking. May your companies thrive and your Elektra parties go with a swing.

IC Group consists of 4 companies working with semiconductor, embedded software/DSP, electronics and UX / UI companies. Many of our consultants hail from industry; all specialise in specific skill sectors and become recruitment experts in their chosen field.The IC Group makes an annual donation to the NMI Skills Foundation.

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