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McLaren Win Prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

McLaren Electronic Systems (MESL), part of the McLaren Group, have won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for achievement in international trade.

The company previously won a Queen’s Award in 2009, then a recognition for its innovation in, and development of, leading-edge control and data systems.

MESL is best known as the Official ECU (engine control unit) Supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship, NASCAR Sprint Cup and IZOD IndyCar series. However, with growing sales (increasing 60% since 2008), they’re quickly moving into other areas which include hybrid and powertrain technologies, FAA approved aircraft controls and, even, data and monitoring technologies for mass transit systems.

On receiving the award, Dr Peter van Manen, MD of McLaren Electronic Systems said “We are delighted to have been recognised in the Queen’s Awards for the growth of our international trade. We are proud that our technology is at the heart of international motor racing and that are able to translate it into other important markets. This is a wonderful endorsement for the reputation of McLaren and British development and manufacturing and will help energise our strategy even further to develop the business further in new markets and sectors.”

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