May 2019

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent has visited 42 Technology in St Ives to learn more about its role in developing innovative new products for world-leading multinational companies; to see some of its latest technologies in action; and to help the company celebrate 20 years in business.

The Duke arrives at 42 Technology accompanied by HM Lord Lieutant of Cambridgeshire
The Duke was welcomed to 42 Technology by chairman Howard Biddle and managing director Dr Jon Spratley before being invited to tour the company’s facilities. The Duke was accompanied by The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence OBE, QPM.

The visit follows on from 42 Technology being awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2017 – in recognition of its significant and sustained growth in international sales – and gave His Royal Highness the opportunity to meet and speak with 42 Technology’s in-house team of engineers, scientists and designers. He was also shown a range of technology innovations including:

  • TurboFrost which can cool drinks glasses to minus 10 degrees Celsius in seconds;
  • Adaptable Carriage – an innovative passenger seating systems that allows train operators to quickly compress excess seating within carriages to create space for cargo, bikes or other purposes; and
  • FuseOhm – a novel low-cost substation monitoring system that allows Distribution Network Operators to better understand local electricity usage patterns and make informed decisions on upgrades and investments (as shown below).
Jeremy Carey demonstrates FuseOhm condition monitoring to The Duke
Jeremy Carey demonstrated FuseOhm to The Duke and explained the cost and performance benefits it can offer.

We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent to 42 Technology, and to have the opportunity to explain the pragmatic approach we take when developing new ideas and concepts for clients, and then bringing them to market.
It was a real pleasure to demonstrate some of our technology innovations and to introduce The Duke to the team who have helped us to build an exceptionally strong client list of major UK and international blue-chip companies, as well as many exciting start-ups and SMEs.

Dr Jon Spratley, managing director at 42 Technology.

At the end of his visit, The Duke was invited to unveil a commemorative plaque before being thanked by Dr Jon Spratley for visiting 42 Technology and learning more about the company’s development and successes over the last 20 years.

His Royal Highness then left to meet with two other nearby organisations: Cellbond Limited, world leaders in the design and manufacture of automotive safety equipment; and The Macmillan Woodlands Centre, a state-of-the-art cancer treatment and care centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon that was opened in August 2016.