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Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade
We’ve had the great honour of being awarded the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017.
Here’s what our CEO had to say about the award:
“This is Britain’s highest business award and it is a great honour to receive. Our company is among the lucky few businesses to achieve the UK’s highest trade accolade.
Last year we celebrated our 50th anniversary, so the timing of this award seems somewhat serendipitous. We’ve been creating robotics for over 50 years, and as a company have always striven to break new ground with our technology. Our engineering has taken us to the forefront of our industry, with international trade making up a large portion of our revenue. I feel this award is definitely a testament to that.”
Mark Roberts Motion Control has won numerous awards for its company’s achievements and engineering skill, including an Academy Award. It now has the honour of the Queen’s Award.
To read the full press release click here
NAB SHOW 2016 REVIEW
NAB this year was definitely one of the most enjoyable shows we’ve ever had! The team had such fun using the Bolt and shooting many of the stand visitors. Theatrics including dances, jumps, celebrations and other creative displays were all caught in super slow motion!
This year we also received a nomination for Best Stand Award!
Not only was our high-speed Bolt Cinebot on display, but we also had demonstrations of the PTZ-1, our new compact 4K UHD, IP68 indoor and outdoor Pan-Tilt-Zoom unit, compatible with AJA’s new Rovocam; and the AFC-100 Pan Tilt heads showing integration with broadcast-ready real time face tracking, using our AimTrack software.
This year MRMC celebrates its 50th anniversary, and its rate of developing world-class revolutionary products shows no sign of abating.
MRMC had its humble beginnings 50 years ago, in 1966, when Australian-born engineer, inventor and part-time racing driver Mark Roberts decided to set up a company to service and upgrade old animation rostrum tables.
These were found throughout the TV and film industries at the time, used for everything from cell animation, to film titles and news clips. In the early days, before digital computers, he developed analogue computers to automate the movements of the tables. Eventually, he developed larger and larger tables, then gradually the camera (traditionally just pointing down at the table) was automatically moved, and finally clients requested just moving cameras without a table. Hence started the film motion control industry!
In 1977, with the release of Star Wars, the techniques of using motion control for special effects came to the world’s attention, and from then on Mark Roberts Film Services as it was then known created ever better, larger, faster bespoke motion control rigs – including floor and ceiling mounted ones, as well as portable ones.
Mark Roberts’ rigs were used on hundreds of films and commercials, but it was the decision to start making “standard” motion control rig models, not just bespoke ones, that catapulted motion control use to a whole new level. It started in 1992 with the Cyclops, the biggest, fastest and most stable studio based rig; it was then followed with the Milo in 1994 – the best portable/location motion control system to this day – for which MRMC won an Academy Award for changing the way Hollywood works. Since then the development has continued with all that you currently see on the MRMC website – from underwater systems to robotics that can move nearly faster than the eye can see, and much more that never gets a mention but is just as extraordinary.
Last month our rental department headed to Italy for Milan Fashion Week, the third stop of the fashion month marathon. The office was left completely bare with all the motion control rigs on the catwalk for designer Philipp Plein’s unveiling of his women’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
The attendees showed up in their glad rags and so did the rigs, having been wrapped head to toe in white for the occasion. The show consisted of a 30m conveyor belt that the models travelled along while the rigs scanned them, passed them sunglasses, mirrors to check themselves out and handbags to complete their look.
Our largest telescopic motion control crane, the Titan took control of the entire show appearing to run a touch screen that selected the programs that the models would go through along the production line. While several fashion shows happen each evening over the week, Philipp Plein’s show stole all the headlines on the opening night of Milan Fashion Week and was picked up by all the major fashion magazines and newspapers.
We wanted to bring you up to speed on some good news here at MRMC. In the last three years we’ve had some incredible expansion and opened up great new markets. From 2013, year on year we’ve had an increase of 60% in sales and production. In turn this has given rise to manning up the team here. We’ve expanded our staff by nearly 40%, and still looking for more talented individuals to join our exciting and expanding company. So if you are an enthusiastic electronic, robotic or software engineer feel free to send us a CV. For more information on joining us, click here