Pontypool business, Airbond have won the FSB Wales “Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020” in the Business and Product Innovation category. The award event was held in Cardiff.
Airbond will now be entered into the prestigious UK-wide grand final held in London. This was originally scheduled for May but has now been postponed until later in the year.
Airbond make yarn splicers. Splicers use compressed air to join yarns in textile processes, connecting bobbins or repairing breakages. Smoother and stronger than knots, spliced joints transform quality and production efficiency. Though unknown to the man on the street, the technology is universal in textiles. Through Airbond’s extensive research and development, splicers are now used in the composites sector, where efficiency is critical.
Airbond is managed by Graham Waters, who read physics at Imperial College, and who was an R&D manager at the old ICI company.
Graham Waters said: “I am extremely proud that Airbond have won this award, particularly when you consider some of the many small, innovative businesses across Wales. Our success is largely down to my extremely hard-working and determined staff who I am privileged to work with. Without their resourcefulness and drive Airbond would not be the success it is today.”
Businesses across Wales enter the FSB Wales awards in a range of categories and it is one of the most sought after and respected awards in the business calendar.
Airbond is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Queens Award for Innovation, receiving the most recent award last year.