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5 January, 2016 - 09:56 By Tony Quested

PragmatIC and Marshall ADG among new entrants

PragmatIC CEO Scott White with investor Victor Christou of Cambridge Innovation Capital

One of the brightest stars on the Cambridge technology scene is keen to shine in the Business Weekly Awards.

PragmatIC Printing is bidding for three titles – Startup of the Year, Disruptive Technology and Business of the Year. Headed by CEO Scott White, PragmatIC has a heavyweight champion backer in ARM.

The young company is already a world leader in ultra low cost flexible electronics, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can sense and communicate with their environment. This makes it a cutting-edge player in the evolution of the Internet of Things.

PragmatIC’s unique technology platform enables integrated circuits thinner than a human hair that can be easily embedded in any surface, introducing interactivity into a wide range of everyday items, at a fraction of the price of conventional silicon chips. New customers/partners announced in 2015 include ARM, Unilever, Cartamundi, SMARTRAC and Crown Packaging. 

PragmatIC’s current orderbook is >100 per cent TTM revenues and the business has signed intent from five additional customers each requiring billions of circuits per year.

Another new entry sees Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group gun for both the Engineering Excellence and International Trade Awards. The company’s credentials for both are impressive. Contracted by and working closely with the MOD the company developed the most sophisticated deployable medical treatment facility (field hospital) in NATO.

Designed to provide medical treatment as close as possible to the front line, the facility is modular, and some parts can be deployed by air to provide an initial medical capability. 

When fully deployed, the facility can have up to 400 beds and everything expected of a conventional trauma hospital including: an operating theatre, intensive care wards, advanced diagnostics (e.g. CT scanner), recovery wards, a laboratory and a pharmacy. The first deployable facility was delivered in October.

The company has achieved outstanding growth in the international marketplace – a 68 per cent increase in non-domestic turnover during its most recent three financial years.

The business enjoys particular success in the civil aerospace sector, performing cabin upgrades and modifications. Last year it completed two A330 upgrades for TAP in Portugal. Its presence in the Middle East is growing and the company recently opened a second office in the UAE. Market penetration there and elsewhere in the world is increasing as Marshall’s reputation for delivery spreads. Today, it has offices on four continents and supports 12 Air Forces around the world.

The Business Weekly Awards are sponsored by Mills & Reeve, AstraZeneca, MedImmune, Barclays, PwC, TTP Group, UK Trade & Investment, University of Cambridge Judge Business School, St John’s Innovation Centre and Bailey Fisher Executive Search.

Business Weekly’s Awards dinner will be held at Queens’ College, Cambridge on the evening of Wednesday, March 16, 2016. To enter the competition visit

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: PragmatIC CEO Scott White (left) with investor Victor Christou of Cambridge Innovation Capital

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