Duke of Kent visits Lincoln engineering firm

HRH the Duke of Kent made a visit to a successful Lincoln engineering firm on Wednesday, September 4 to see its specialist work.

The Duke of Kent stopped at Rakon UK, known internationally for its ultra-stable crystal oscillators work, to meet the 90 staff and learn more about its products and technologies.

He also took a tour of the unit on Sadler Road, seeing the Custom Engineering Lab, where new products are designed, and the manufacturing line, where the ultra-stable quartz crystal oscillators get built.

Following the factory tour the Duke unveiled a plaque commemorating the visit and said: “I’d like to say how much I’ve enjoyed coming to your company.

“I know you’ve won a Queen’s Award and it’s a great accolade – very well done.

“It’s been extremely interesting for me to see this very high-tech operation that’s been so successful all around the world, so many congratulations to all of you.”

Dr Philip Davies, Rakon’s Business Unit Manager added: “It is always nice to be able to talk to visitors about our work, and show them what we do.

“We’re quite proud of what we do because we think we do it pretty well – and that’s not being overly immodest, since our customers think that as do our competitors.

“It’s especially rewarding to show people around when they display so much genuine interest in what we are doing, as has been the case today.”

The Duke was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr Tony Worth.

On the day, HRH the Duke of Kent also visited Lincoln County Hospital to officially open the new £4.8 million heart unit.