A privately owned manufacturer of computer-controlled polishing machines for producing astronomical telescope mirror segments, compact camera lenses, medical implants, plastic injection moulds, semiconductor wafers - indeed any product that requires an ultra-precision polished finish - is one of this year's winners in the Innovation category of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
Based in Coalville, Leicestershire, Zeeko is a world leader in designing and building machines for the polishing of high-precision, freeform surfaces. They vary in size between 1 millimetre to several metres across.
Managing director Richard Freeman, who co-founded the company in late 2000, said that Zeeko's winning entry was for its Optic Fabrication Centre, a corrective polisher with integrated measuring capability. For the first time, it allows the user to progress a precision component from start to finish without removing it from the machine for any reason.