Outstanding Contribution Winner 2020

Sponsored by: NEPIC

The Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Sembcorp UK, is aimed at recognising an individual, at any level in industry, who has not only made a hugely significant contribution to the process sector but has been an inspiration to the people within it – and displayed with a level of dedication that goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Winner: Malcolm Knott, Managing Director, Industrial Technology Systems 

This year’s outstanding contribution award winner has over 50 years’ experience in the process industry.

Born in Teesside they spent most of their working life here, starting a 20 year career at ICI specialising in fibres, engineering, and becoming
a senior project manager.

While at ICI, they recognised a gap in the marketplace for a high-quality solution provider that could offer a full range of industrial control and computing services.

In 1991, our winner left to establish the business that they continue to lead to this day.

Through strong leadership, the company has grown into a cohort of 60 experienced engineers designing, installing and servicing the process sector’s process control systems, vision systems, data management and management information systems.

The business contributes significantly to the process sector’s corporate responsibility agenda by protecting consumers and actively encouraging innovation. The team have brought in new and ground-breaking ideas to improve processes.

This was recognised by InnovateUK and led to a significant £multimillion fund to lead a project with six university and company participants to improve food safety.

Our winner has been a constant supporter of NEPIC and its activities, sitting on the Leadership Team and on the Cluster’s sub-groups.

They have always promoted the sector and what it delivers to society and championed zero carbon impact within their organisation.

The company is an exemplar in the local community too; sponsoring junior football teams, Darlington Mowden Park Rugby and the CEO Sleepout.

The team have raised more than £26,000 for Butterwick Hospice in just five years. Our winner also supports young adults, through organisations such as The Young Entrepreneur Awards, and Tees Valley Combined Authority, and to younger children through the Children Challenging Industry scheme.

Beneficiary: Children Challenging Industry


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