Duke of Gloucester Presents Queen’s Award to Surrey Robotics Company

Queens Award Visit to MRMC

Royalty Visits MRMC HQ

The Duke of Gloucester representing Her Majesty the Queen, visited robotics company, Mark Roberts Motion Control Ltd (MRMC), to officially present The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade.

Awarded annually, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious business accolade in the UK in recognition of a company’s continued achievements in the UK trade and export of British products, goods and services.

Dignitaries touring the company offices and factory was HRH Duke of Gloucester, The High Sherriff of Surrey Mr Robert Napier CBE, The Lord-Lieutenant Mr Michael More-Molyneux, Chairman of Surrey County Council Mr Peter Martin, Chairman of Tandridge District Council Gill Black, Police & Crime Commissioner Mr David Munro, local councillors and East Grinstead Mayor Julie Mockford, accompanied by MRMC CEO Assaff Rawner.

MRMC is a company in the Nikon group of companies and travelling across the world from Tokyo to MRMC in Blindley Heath, was Nikon Corporation President Kazuo Ushida, with Corporate Vice President Toru Iwaoka from Nikon Europe headquarters in Amsterdam, also in attendance.

Throughout the morning, the guests toured the MRMC offices and works. The Duke was profoundly interested and impressed with the advanced technology and impressive robotic engineering developed and manufactured behind the seemingly placid frontage of the MRMC premises.

Of particular interest to the entourage of dignitaries was the giant robotic camera cranes, the high-speed cinebot and wide array of robots carrying cameras for cinema film-making, TV broadcasts, live sports events, security, retail photography and including an underwater robotic camera pod. MRMC camera robots have been involved in the making of movie blockbusters MRMC camera robots such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Mission Impossible, pop music videos.

Also, TV commercials for Nike, Samsung, Apple, BMW, Aston Martin with countless many other films, advertising and pop music videos. Addressing honoured guests, the MRMC company management and staff of 80, The Duke of Gloucester presented the Queens Award to CEO Assaff Rawner, expressing his pleasure and honour to present this Queens Award to a company that is a pioneer, innovator and stands as a world leader in its business against all competition in highly competitive business environments. The Duke’s presentation of Queen’s Award was then followed by individual speeches from The Lord-Lieutenant and Nikon President, Kazuo Ushida.

Responding and speaking on behalf of the company, MRMC’s CEO Assaff Rawner said:

The Duke of Gloucester supports The Queen in her role as Head of State by representing Her Majesty at events in the UK and abroad, as well as attending state and ceremonial occasions alongside other members of the Royal Family. His Royal Highness also continues to take on some of The Queen’s duties, such as the presentation of The Queen’s Award prizes.

The Lord Lieutenant, Mr Michael More-Molyneux based in Surrey and President of the Surrey County Agricultural Society and main board member of the Historic Houses Association (HHA), The Lord- Lieutenant is the Queen’s personal representative in each county of the United Kingdom supporting a number of voluntary causes and charities.


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I would like to take a moment at the end of the year to thank customers, colleagues and suppliers for your loyalty and support over the past twelve months. I recognise we wouldn’t be where we are without the contributions made by each and every one of you, and I am very appreciative of this… thank you.

2017 has been a year of development, expansion and growth for MRMC. We have restructured operations, increased our brand profile and we continue to ship our robotic products all over the world. As I write, we have shipped 15 large rigs including Bolt High-Speed Cinebots, StudioBots, Milos, Talos, Modula and both Orbital and Orbital XL in the past 2 months alone.

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From starting out manufacturing products for movie making, MRMC today have developed innovative solutions for movies, broadcast, sports, live events and product photography. As markets continue to emerge, so products will continue to be developed to meet customer needs.

In 2017, we were proud to have supplied our camera robotic products for major sporting events from FINA World Swimming to London 2017 Athletics, from tennis at Wimbledon to soccer stadiums, from World Darts to Winter Sports.

For certain, we know exciting and challenging times await MRMC in 2018, but more than ever we are confident with the team, culture and enthusiasm we have – MRMC has never been better placed to meet these times.

Amidst all these changes, our primary focus will be to build on the foundations of the business. We will continue to ensure provision of quality products, improved service and innovation in every market sector we operate, heralding a new era which we are confident will have a positive impact on the business, as well as the industry.

Have a restful and happy holiday season with your family and friends. I look forward to working with you all in the New Year and wish you a successful and prosperous 2018.

Assaff Rawner
CEO, Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC)

Season’s Greetings from the CEO

It has been a fantastic and exciting year for MRMC.

As the holidays are only days away, I wanted to write a few words about the present and the future.

2016 saw exponential growth for us, not only in terms of sales, but also in our R&D. We have always developed groundbreaking tech –– our Academy Award and many other accolades are testament to that –– but 2016 saw some major developments that I personally believe will set the precedent for automated image capture over the coming years.

This growth and development is credited to our fantastic team, and their unwavering enthusiasm and willingness to put their shoulders to the wheel and work together to help develop intuitive, clever, industry-leading technology.

We have big expectations for 2017 and beyond; our Nikon alliance has given us the formidable wherewithal to expand across the globe and bring our technology to new businesses and markets. We are looking forward to our expansion together.

I wanted to thank you all for your interest, and the business you have shared with us these past years, and look forward to working with you again in 2017.

Please remember, we are closed between the 25th December and 2nd January.

Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!

Assaff Rawner


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