US deal provides Linwave with $400,000 birthday present

linwaveLincolnshire manufacturer Linwave Technology is celebrating its 10th birthday in style with a $400,000 (£245,000) contract win.

Linwave – which supplies up-converters, amplifiers, radar sensors and detectors for microwave and RF applications – sealed the deal that will help satisfy the sporting world’s curiosity with ball speed by supplying a US customer with bespoke gunn diodes that provide greater accuracy, flexibility and reporting options.

The company’s management welcomed the contract – won with backing from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) – as a fitting way to mark a decade in business that has seen it grow from annual sales of £100,000 to a predicted £2m this year.

Managing director Ian Duke said, “We’ve enjoyed steady growth over the ten years and are now establishing a global reputation for providing high technology solutions to customers involved in satellite communications, military, telecoms and industrial markets.

“About 10 to 15% of our sales are exported and we’ve been able to increase our workforce to 25 highly skilled staff…this has given us the platform to really push on and attack new opportunities. In fact, we are currently in the process of moving from development and design proving activity to continuous production for a number of industry-leading products. It’s an exciting start to the next decade in business.”

Copyright Ken Hurst 2013

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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