Fortress Interlocks, experts in automation safety and interlock systems, has been awarded its third Queen’s Award for International Trade, recognising the outstanding growth in overseas sales over the last three years. In 2007, the company won the Queen’s Award for Innovation and in 2008, the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

This award is the result of a 5-year strategy by Fortress Interlocks to build export growth, targeting regions such as Europe, Asia Pacific and The Americas. Interlocks are traditionally a mechanical solution but Fortress prides itself on embracing the digital revolution to incorporate electronic and software-based solutions.

Jo Smith, Managing Director of Fortress Interlocks commented “Our business strategy is based upon innovative customisation, creating robust solutions to allow our customers protect their employees and productivity”. In 2016/17, total sales were £22.5million, with export sales accounting to £18.3 million. Over the last three years, sales have grown by over 62%.

Fortress also recently launched the ncGard product range, a complete solution of non-contact safety switches for safeguarding machinery. In autumn the company will launch ATOM, the first high coded RFID gate switch designed in a high robusticity and ultra-compact form factor.
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