Pontypool company proud owner of Queen's Award for Enterprise


World-leading Pontypool company GTW Developments is now the proud owner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise following a presentation by the Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent.

Mr Simon Boyle visited the business’s Pontnewynydd premises to hand over the ‘Innovation category’ award and see how the business manufactures its range of unique ‘Airbond splicers’, designed for the textiles and aerospace industries and sold all over the world.

The Queen’s Awards are regarded as the most prestigious accolades for UK businesses and individuals and later in the month, GTW Managing Director Graham Waters will attend a reception for winners at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen.

“I was delighted to receive the award, partly because of the small size of the company,” said Mr Waters. “Micro-companies who are so honoured are often formed by academics as spin-outs, so it was good to see that the efforts of a bunch of ordinary engineers could command respect.

“I would also like to acknowledge the contribution made by academics, design consultants, marketing consultants and others.  We may be a micro-company, but our contacts are widespread – and I must record my appreciation for their contributions.”

The presentation was attended by a host of representatives of Welsh government, business and education including: Gareth Evans, Head of Business Development with Cardiff University’s Research and Commercial Division; Iestyn Davies, Head of External Affairs with the Federation of Small Businesses; Michael Thomas, Manager, Wales of the China-Britain Business Council; Dawson Evans, Group Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council’s Economy, Enterprise and Tourism Department; and Mayor of Torfaen Cllr Neil Mason.

Dawson Evans said: “It is great to see the hard work of Graham and his small, but highly innovative, team being recognised by the achievement of this highly sought after award.”

Mr Waters, who previously worked on the thermal properties of synthetic fibres at the former ICI Fibres plant, set up GTW in 1997 after buying another Pontypool business – Pentwyn Splicers – which was the only company in the UK manufacturing pneumatic yarn splicers. 

Splicers use a blast of compressed air to make joints between yarns in textile processes, connecting bobbins or repairing breakages. They are smoother and stronger than knots, improving quality and production efficiency.   

Having already won other innovation and design awards from the British Design Council and Cardiff University, Mr Waters is planning to expand his company to at least 10 times its current turnover. 

For more information, please contact Jackie Huybs on 01495 790212, mobile 07814 070239.  www.airbondsplicer.com

Wedi ei bostio ar Dydd Gwener 27th Mehefin 2014