Friday, February 28, 2014

News: Sound future for Wilson Benesch

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Wilson Benesch, a manufacturer of high end audio loudspeakers and turntables, has secured funding to carry out further research at its new R&D facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham.

The Sheffield-based firm began its life in 1989 when a similar government R&D grant was used to create the world's first carbon fibre sub chassis turntable. It was a time when the world was tuning in to CDs as the sound of the future but more research followed and Wilson Benesch created more world's firsts using advanced composites engineering and acoustic design.

From the world's first tapered carbon fibre tonearm, to the world's first curved carbon fibre loudspeaker, the novel Clamshell Isobaric tactic driver and the patented Torus Infrasonic Generator; Wilson Benesch has pushed the envelope of what is possible within audio engineering.

The research projects saw the company work with the University of Sheffield on the AMP and at the end of 2013, the audio pioneers opened a new R&D and demonstration facility of their own on the park.

The Technology Strategy Board offers co-funding to UK-based pre-start-ups, start-ups, micro businesses and SMEs, to carry out science, engineering and technology R&D projects which could lead to successful new products, processes and services. With four patents already in place and a further eight in progress, the SMART funding is valued at approximately £250,000, part supported by the Technology Strategy Board and in part by Wilson Benesch.

A spokesperson for Wilson Benesch, said: "The new Research & Development Facility will allow Wilson Benesch to accelerate its product development and SMART funded research programme.

"The huge success of our many pioneering R&D programs has always been built upon collaboration with the greatest minds and organisation's across the globe.

"Having completed large parts of the Cardinal loudspeaker and Geometry Series developments with the [Sheffield] universities, the new Wilson Benesch Research Facility will provide a vital base from which these key partners can work collaboratively on the new technologies born from the SMART project.

"In 2014 Wilson Benesch celebrates it's 25th anniversary and begins what promises to be a rich period in the company's history."

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