Over 60 guests representing County and local dignitaries , suppliers , customers, dealers and representatives of the press gathered at the GreenMech factory in Alcester, to celebrate the presentation of the Queens Award for Enterprise - Innovation; for the SAFE-Trak system.
The SAFE-Trak system has been of particular interest to the rail industry concerned with track-side vegetation management. The system offers users the ability to track the machine to the workplace over uneven and sloping ground and use it on gradients of up to 35°, maximising efficiency and reducing risks.
Shortly before presenting the award, the Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire emphasized that the award reflected the teamwork apparent within the company and noted the willingness of the company to listen to customers and adapt to their requirements. It was further noted that this was second time that the Lord-Lieutenant had made the award to GreenMech, the previous award for international trade having been made in 2005
Speaking to the assembled guests, GreenMech chairman Tony Turner said that " he was immensely proud to win the the innovation award, reflecting a history of design and manufacture at the site since 1963." Turner also expressed his belief that the UK was about to experience a resurgence in manufacturing and that Greenmech had invested extensively in their manufacturing capability, expecting production to double over the next three years.