Cambridge, UK – 11th September 2019 – UK-based engineering and design consultancy, Plextek, is launching a new defence business unit called Plextek DTS (Defence Technology Solutions), to help government agencies, defence suppliers and military stakeholders find new exploitation paths to support UK forces.

Building on the successful growth of Plextek’s defence market over 30 years, Plextek DTS will further develop trusted technology partnerships through specialist R&D support, technology exploitation and design partner services, including system supply and manufacture.

The launch of Plextek DTS will allow customers to safely explore and address the challenges and inherit risks associated with applied research and development activities and offer impartial technology assessments and the creation of novel concepts and solutions designed for manufacture.

Plextek has a strong track record of developing advanced solutions to meet the challenges and needs of the modern infantry soldier.  In collaboration with DSTL and MOD, Plextek has developed a low size, weight and power armour integrity monitoring sensor that delivers an immediate status to the user, removing the need for costly routine x-ray analysis and can be integrated with new and existing ceramic plates. Plextek DTS is extending this capability to provide impact monitoring to tactical helmets.

Gareth Williams, Director of Defence, summarises how Plextek DTS will bring benefit through its expertise in conventional and novel sensing, communication and data exploitation technologies:

“Trust is an important element to any product development cycle. As a key defence stakeholder, the design partner you appoint has to deliver a leading end-to-end solution. Plextek DTS understands the customer need for leveraging capabilities in R&D, exploiting existing technology enabling platforms and delivering deployable system solutions to ensure product differentiation and leading disruptive capability.”

Peter Doig, Business Development Director, adds:

“Our success in partnering with government clients, prime suppliers and military stakeholders to rapidly deliver proof of concepts, technology enablers or entire system deployments is a real testament to our capability to exploit the exceptional technology expertise and knowledge within Plextek. In many ways, Plextek DTS will feel like an entirely new and fresh business unit, but it is a natural evolution of the 30 plus years of trusted defence business and technical consultancy.”

Plextek DTS is being launched during DSEI 2019 in London, a leading defence and security event that connects governments, armed forces and industry thought leaders across the globe.

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About Plextek
Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For images, information or interview requests, please contact: Adam Roberts via email: press@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533200

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“Only governments can fix the problem of global warming, right?

The massive change in behaviour that we need across the board is only going to happen because governments mandate it. Businesses and individuals will accept this and do what they are told, or will be incentivised to do so. I guess that’s how we tend to think it will play out…”

Our CEO, Nicholas Hill features in Disruption Hub this week.

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Cambridge, UK – 7th May 2019 – UK-based engineering and design consultancy, Plextek is launching a new innovation business unit called Ignite Exponential, to help established companies compete with agile and fast moving start-ups that are driving new disruptive technologies.

Ignite Exponential (IEX) aims to bridge the innovation gap faced by market-leading businesses struggling to stay ahead and meet changing customer expectations in a climate of unprecedented uncertainty and aggressive competition. In particular, the rise of new technologies such as Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are dissolving the barriers to entry, enabling the rapid introducton of new product and service offerings and challenging existing business models.

Ignite Exponential will build on the 30 years’ experience Plextek has working at the leading-edge of advanced technologies to help its partners navigate this changing landscape, through strategic innovation, future-focussed marketing, human-centric design and enabling technology.

Alan Cucknell, who has been appointed to head up Ignite Exponential, summarises how IEX will bring a new approach to innovation:

“I’ve spent my career helping global companies to innovate and seen how trying to create non-standard solutions to strategically important problems can lead companies to adopt standard processes, which can lead to standard results! There is no silver bullet for strategic innovation in these increasingly complex times and it is too important to outsource. Instead, we will look to create hybrid, collaborative and cross-functional approaches that harness combined skillsets, tools and experience and help to build internal ownership”.

Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential, leading an innovation workshop at Cambridge Network Job Fair
Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential, leading an innovation workshop at Cambridge Network Job Fair 2019 (source: www.igniteexponential.com)

Nicholas Hill, CEO of Plextek adds:

“Front end innovation requires different mindsets, skills, processes and tools to downstream engineering. That’s why Ignite Exponential draws on the specialist development processes, systems and capabilities that Plextek is well known for, to create a distinct offering – a front end innovation partner that is agile, multi-disciplined and experienced. While the units will work closely together, the teams, systems, environment and culture are independent, to focus on maximising the impact of our work.”

Together, Ignite Exponential and Plextek will be able to partner with clients from defining innovation strategy through designing purposeful business models, platform and product solutions to developing final products and manufacturing to market.

An alternative is for established players to innovate through acquisition, but this can lead to paying over the odds and result in costly mistakes. “More than ever, innovation will determine the success or failure of established companies over the next decade – it is too important to be left to chance” says Alan Cucknell.

For more information about Ignite Exponential and how they are helping partners navigate this new complex landscape, please visit www.igniteexponential.com

Notes to editors

About Ignite Exponential
Based near Cambridge, UK, Ignite Exponential (IEX) is a multi-disciplinary team which helps established businesses grow strategically in the face of the unprecedented uncertainty and aggressive competition. IEX brings together an unusual combination of hands-on capabilities in developing cutting edge with an expertise and track record in strategic innovation and disruptive design.

For more information, call us on: +44 (0) 1799 533 345 or email: hello@igniteexponential.com or visit: www.igniteexponential.com

 

About Plextek
Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For images, information or interview requests, please contact: Adam Roberts via email: press@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533200

Today’s autonomous vehicles rely on a wide variety of sensors to provide the spatial awareness necessary to navigate autonomously without intervention from the driver – and innovative radar technology compliments this plethora of sensors, forming the next evolutionary step in the advance to develop and deploy autonomous vehicles into our daily lives.

Ahead of our sponsorship of Cambridge Wireless’s International Conference 2019, Clem Robertson, Radar Capability Manager, features in Cambridge Wireless.

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Meet us at CW’s International Conference on 26th June 2019.

EW BrightSpark, James Henderson features in Electronic Weekly showing his progression over the past year of his career.

“It’s great to hear how EW BrightSparks are continuing to progress in the world of electronics, and James Henderson of Plextek has updated us with a project developing an electronically-scanned radar unit operating at mm-wave frequencies”

Nicholas Hill, CEO, Plextek summarises: “BrightSparks is a fantastic way to show your employees’ work is valued. It’s so important to get young people enthusiastic about their engineering careers and award recognition is a great motivational boost. The BrightSparks award last year won by James Henderson was well deserved and he has continued to shape his engineering career by contributing to key company projects here at Plextek.”

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For more information, contact Plextek via press@plextek.com