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5th April 2008

Checkmate Group Receives Second Queen’s Award

Kent and Wiltshire based manufacturer The Checkmate Group has been honoured with a prestigious Queens Award for Innovation, four years after receiving their first award, for export achievement.

The latest award is for the development of a new type of rubber air bag, which is used to secure cargo in the holds of ocean going ships. The product was designed in house and is made by the company’s specialist engineering division, Avon Fabrications in Melksham (Wilts), engineering and operational use challenges had to be overcome and the result is a cargo securing system which has a unique filling system and can be linked to a manifold to ensure constant pressure regardless of climatic changes as cargo transits in ships across the World.

Tom Roach, Director of Avon Fabrications said: “This tremendous news is of great credit to our staff and their skill and dedication to quality. We are proud to be a part of the Melksham business community and I’m pleased to say that the success of these bags not only ensures the future of our business, but has also leads to more employment opportunities for local people. Our order book remains in an excellent state and the whole team is proud to be part of British manufacturing”.