Technology Business of the YearBack to Winners
Sponsored by Cripps & University of Kent
KEY PRODUCT/SERVICE: Medical manufacturing
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 100+
ITL Group designs, develops and manufactures technology for a range of clients, from nutty professors to blue chip corporations.
Since launching 40 years ago, it has worked on 400 projects, taking devices to the next level, be that from an idea to prototype or full-scale manufacturing. Last year turnover was £9.2 million.
It differentiates itself from competition by deliberately not collecting the intellectual property of its clients.
Marketing coordinator Becky Lipscombe said:
“By doing this we reassure our clients that their technology will remain theirs and we don’t intend to compete with them.
“Instead we work with our client to innovate products which often results in the filing of patent applications which we have and continue to assist with.”
ITL – which stands for Integrated Technologies Limited – has 20 engineers and is working with UCL, Imperial College London and the University of Kent in a bid to create its own bank of intellectual property. One project still being developed is a point-of-care medical device which can diagnose a range of diseases in less than 15 minutes.
Ms Lipscombe said: “Our dedicated and knowledgable engineers are able to overcome our clients’ most technically challenging problems, regardless of complexity. “We want to show our customers just how confident we are when it comes to implementation of new technology.” The firm is testing 3D printing in the manufacture of prototypes. It is expanding manufacturing facilities in the US to a similar size to what it offers in Ashford and China.
Ms Lipscombe added: “Technology is rapidly evolving so to stay ahead of our competitors we must educate ourselves on newer technologies. Every project at ITL brings with it a need to innovate. This may be a new way of applying an existing technology, predicting future technological advances or developing a completely new technology altogether.”