Awards hat-trick for manufacturer

Product development engineer Anthony Lister and senior CAD engineer Terry Blacklock.
Product development engineer Anthony Lister and senior CAD engineer Terry Blacklock.

An equipment design and manufacturing business has celebrated a hat-trick of wins at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Blyth-based Tharsus Group won three awards when it was recognised for its contribution to clean technology innovation at the prestigious Rushlight Awards.

The company, which builds complex electro-mechanical and cleantech products, received accolades for its Ekko Glass Crusher and Weedingtech MW-Series products at Rushlight’s eighth annual award ceremony.

Tharsus Group is a leading exponent of OEDM, a form of outsourcing partnership which brings together product design, management and manufacture into one, integrated process.

Weedingtech MW-Series, the winner of both the Responsible Product and the Sustainability Initiative award, is a new weed control system for the amenity market.

And the Ekko Glass Crusher, which won the Resource Management category, allows pubs, bars and restaurants to crush bottles on site, reducing the volume of waste by up to 80 per cent, resulting in lower transport costs and reduced CO2 emissions.

Brian Palmer, chief executive at Tharsus Group, said: “To receive three accolades at such a well-respected award ceremony is a great achievement for Tharsus and its partners.

“It speaks volumes for the OEDM concept, which has been key to the success of these cleantech products.”

Brian Williamson, managing director at Ekko, said: “For our equipment to be recognised by the Rushlight Awards judges and to win the Resource Management Award 2014-15 is great achievement and of which we are immensely proud.”