Kromek, the County Durham-based developer of radiological and biological detectors, welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales to its Sedgefield headquarters on Tuesday 5th April 2022 where he opened the Brinkman CZT Growth Facility. Consisting of 154 new furnaces this is the only CZT production facility in the UK and one of just a few worldwide. CZT Technology is key to many of the Kromek sensing and imaging products across the defence, security and medical sectors. 

The Prince of Wales was shown the complete suite of Kromek’s radiological detectors, including the handheld, wearable and networked D5 RIID and D3S models which are amongst the most accurate, quickest acting, highly sensitive and lightest most useable detectors in the world. His Royal Highness then accepted a personalised D3S as a memento of his visit. When fitted to the AARM drone system for airborne surveillance and spectroscopy they provide a proven remote reconnaissance and survey capability.  

The Royal visit follows shortly after the emergency Extraordinary Summit in Brussels , where the wearable D3S-ID detector was deployed as part of the CBRN protection for the world leaders attending including US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The summit coincided with the award of a £1.7m follow-on order for CBRN detection products and services from one of Kromek’s principal UK government customers.  

His Royal Highness was also shown the new advanced COVID-19 and novel pathogen detection systems, part of Kromek’s increasing work in biological agent and pathogen detection. The emphasis of this work has been speed and accuracy of detection coupled with minimal human intervention. A key output of the biological detectors as with the radiation detectors is transferable useable data 

Kromek CEO Dr Arnab Basu said: “We were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to our headquarters and demonstrate the world-beating, cutting-edge radiological and biological detection products which play such a vital role in protecting the United Kingdom and our other international customers. The visit is testament to the work our talented team do here and builds on our Queen’s Award for Enterprise-International Trade.”  

CBRN Manager Craig Duff said: “Kromek understands the UK customer requirements for a range of highly sensitive, reliable, easily useable and networked detectors. All our new devices are designed with the user’s needs at the forefront of the design criteria.”

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