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Davinder Lotay

Davinder Lotay, the Managing Director of Altimex and MJ Lighting, was named in The Manufacturer Top 100 during Digital Manufacturing Week – an annual celebration of UK manufacturing, organised by The Manufacturer magazine.

The winners were announced at The Top 100 Awards evening which took place at the Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.

This latest win marks a year of celebration for Davinder and his team at Altimex and MJ Lighting.

This is the third business accolade for his organisation, which also recently won Cheshire College Small Employer of The Year and The Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Cheshire Business Awards.

Davinder said: “I am delighted to be listed in The Manufacturer Top 100. This, along with our other business awards, is true testament and recognition for my highly skilled team at Altimex and MJ Lighting. We have a very clear vision of how we want to operate and manufacture our products and the team is at the heart of everything we do. Anything I can do to help promote this industry sector is a huge win for me on a personal level.

“Manufacturing has been in my blood from a very young age. I am passionate about STEM and lifelong learning. One of my ambitions is to get more youngsters involved in STEM subjects, as there is a large skills gap that needs to be filled. I’m a strong believer in sharing knowledge in order to help others grow.”

Paul Vernon, Senior Executive Director of Commercial Operations at the University of Chester, said: “Our congratulations go to Davinder – here at Thornton Science Park we are extremely proud of Davinder’s win. He is a huge supporter of the University and Thornton in particular – and our work to bring together research, innovation, industry and academic expertise on one site.”

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Student John Smith and Davinder Lotay
Student John Smith and Davinder Lotay

Davinder’s support for the University also includes providing work placements for the University’s engineering students, enabling them to enter the workplace with industry-ready expertise. Third year Electronic and Electrical Engineering student, John Smith, spent his summer placement working at Altimex, where he worked on a USB charging outlet to integrate into an aircraft seat.

He said: “I was really grateful for Davinder’s personal support during my work placement at Altimex. The company very much has a family feel and I was wholly included, like a part of the team.  I was certainly more involved, and gained a much broader experience, than if I had gone to a bigger operation. I was treated like a professional, and not a student. All the team (the engineers in particular) were extremely supportive, but I was given a great deal of autonomy. I was able to go away and do all my own planning, research, and development. During the placement I gained invaluable practical knowledge from experienced professional engineers, and insight into how a company like Altimex operates. I am indebted to Davinder and the team at Altimex for accommodating me. All the team are professional and dedicated, which really shows in their products. I’m delighted that Davinder has won this award - it is well deserved.”

John’s supervisor, Dr Gerard Edwards, who is the Deputy Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, added: “The work carried out by John Smith during his BEng Second Year Project with Altimex, under Davinder, is an exemplar for the vision of Thornton Science Park, where companies and the University, sharing a site, are collaborating intimately to produce industry ready graduates. The Department of Computer Science and Electronic and Electrical Engineering sends placement students to Altimex, with the mission to help plug the skills gap in the electronics sector, which is crying out for graduate engineers, with exposure to industry practice.”

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