24th November – Visteon’s Alan Banks was last night awarded the TechWorks lifetime contribution award for his role in making the UK a world-leading hub in automotive electronics.
In addition to his role at Visteon – itself a leading player in the sector, specialising in automotive cockpit electronics and with customers including Ford, Renault/Nissan, Mazda, BMW, GM, Honda, PSA, JLR, VW, Daimler and others – Banks is also chair of the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network, which brings together expertise from over 90 companies developing automotive electronics .
The awards celebrate the year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland. While these are the inaugural TechWorks Awards, they follow on from the NMI Awards, which ran from 2001 to 2016.
The gong was presented by the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones at last-night’s award gala. In presenting the award Cellan-Jones highlighted that: “Electronics has become the cornerstone of automotive development, underpinning electrification, autonomy and connectivity.” And said of Alan that: “At a time of great opportunity for our industry, [Alan] has in no small way helped to bring together and promote the UK automotive electronics supply chain as a world-class cluster of excellence.”
Speaking at the event Alan Banks said: “I am delighted and honoured to be receiving this award. I passionately believe in the power of collaboration as an instrument to success, particularly in the changing and challenging world of Automotive Electronics.
“The power of AESIN is in its networking and collaboration, and has given me the platform and opportunity to practice this and the recognition of my personal efforts in this space is gratefully received particularly at this time in my career.”
Other key winners on the night included Cambridge Mechatronics, which won Company of the Year; Unmanned Life, which took home the Disruptive Innovation award; and vivaMOS, which was declared Emerging Technology Company of 2017.
The full list of winners is:
Company of the Year Award – Cambridge Mechatronics
Contribution to Industry Award – Alan Banks, Visteon
Product of the Year Award – Xilinx
Automotive Electronics Innovation & Excellence Award – EnSilica
Disruptive Innovation Award – Unmanned Life
Emerging Technology Company of the Year Award- vivaMOS
More Than Moore Award – Lime Microsystems
Manufacturing Site of the Year Award – Xaar
Manufacturing Supplier of the Year Award – Compugraphics
Research Collaboration Award – Compound Semiconductor Centre
University Research Group of the Year Award – Centre for Device Thermography & Reliability, University of Bristol
Young Engineer of the Year award – Siddartha Khastgir, WMG, University of Warwick
UKESF Scholar of the Year Award: Eliza Law – University of Southampton & Jamie Tuphlome – University of Leeds