The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

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AWARD HOLDERS 2012 - 2015

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connectivity. According to Cisco, the number of internet connected objects is expected to grow to over 50 billion by 2020. While some may rightly question the value of connecting anything and everything, we are undoubtedly living in a connected world and many of our clients are looking to us to help them connect their products in a relevant, effective and efficient way. To deliver for our clients in this area we have continued to increase our breadth of expertise and the depth of our knowledge in connected products. We have built a strong ‘connectivity’ team of strategists, usability researchers, user experience designers, mechanical and electronic engineers and application software experts. Our multidisciplinary philosophy, which has always been the cornerstone of our approach to

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The Queen reviews DCA's model of the Hitachi Class 800 train

product design and development and our expertise in connecting and integrating the right disciplines, at the right time, in the right way is helping us achieve success for our clients in delivering meaningful connected solutions that offer users real value within broader ecosystems. “We have continued to strive to help our clients fuel economic growth through great design” said DCA’s Managing Director, RobWoolston. “We were so proud to have been granted The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2012 and are delighted at the success we have achieved with our clients in creating successful product design for worldwide markets from the UK. We would like to thank all of our staff and clients for continuing to make this possible.” DCA DESIGN INTERNATIONAL 19 Church Street, Warwick CV34 4AB Tel: +44 (0)1926 499461 Fax: +44 (0)1926 401134 h dcadesign I @DCA_Design p dca-design-international o dcadesign

officially open the revamped Reading station and both Rail Minister Claire Perry MP and her predecessor, Stephen Hammond, visiting our Warwick premises to view the full size mock up, designed and built by DCA. During Mr Hammond’s visit, Hitachi’s Andrew Rogers explained the process that Hitachi and DCA had followed to develop the passenger and cab interior designs. This inclusive process actively engaged with the widest possible range of stakeholders and the mock up was a key communication tool in this process, helping all interested parties to provide input into the development and acceptance process. The train is due to enter service in the UK as part of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) from 2017. These sustained successes in each sector have enabled us to grow our team steadily to over 130 staff and continue to be ranked as the UK’s number one product design consultancy in the ‘Design Week Top 100 Consultancy Survey’, a position we have now held for over ten years. Across our sectors of operation, one theme has been on the top of many of our clients’minds –

East Coast Main Lines. The project has been under the spot light since its inception, with the Queen reviewing our 1/20th scale model of


the train as part of her visit to

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