Global Insight

Queen’s Award 2016


Contamac, the world’s largest independent supplier of contact and intraocular lens materials, with a global reputation for developing creative and innovative products, services and solutions, has been awarded a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the Innovation category.

Following on from the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2012, this second award recognises Contamac’s Definitive range of latheable silicone hydrogel materials, the first range of silicone hydrogel contact lens materials for the speciality contact lens industry.

Commenting on the award, Robert McGregor, Managing Director of Contamac, said: “We are delighted to have been honoured with this prestigious award not once, but twice. Innovation is what drives this company and is paramount to our success. We are committed to support the laboratory network and aim to provide innovations, which will continue to give the speciality contact lens industry a competitive edge.”

Last year the company completed the move to its new and fully purpose built headquarters in Saffron Walden. The new facilities offer 250% more space to Contamac’s R&D team and are furnished with state of the art equipment. Robert McGregor added: “Our new facilities will further support our R&D efforts going forward. I am pleased the team here at Contamac have been recognised as being at the forefront of R&D.”

The Queen’s Awards are the UK’s most prestigious business accolades and are awarded to businesses which have shown outstanding achievement in innovation, international trade and sustainable development. The awards are the highest official UK awards for British businesses and are awarded by Her Majesty The Queen on recommendation from the Prime Minister.