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DATE: 10TH December 2011

Abertax, MITA, the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Malta and Ing. Vince Magri were the winners of this year’s Engineering Excellence Awards, an annual event organised by the Chamber of Engineers. Held on Wednesday 7th December at St. John Cavalier, the 10th edition included awards in three categories: Innovation, Leadership, and Lifetime Achievement. 

The awards were kindly presented by Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Chris Said, together with Chamber of Engineers President Ing. Saviour Baldachino. “This event is an opportunity to showcase the capabilities of the engineering community. With great satisfaction, we note that these Awards keep gaining profile and acceptance from industry,” stated Ing. Baldacchino, during his welcoming address. He congratulated all the winners and nominees for their high-level submissions.

During his speech, Dr. Said remarked that although most of the technology based businesses in Malta are small operations, this does not disqualify them from being creative and commercially astute. “These awards aim to emphasise innovation and effectiveness in order to allow smaller companies to compete on an equal footing with larger ones and to provide a benchmark of excellence from which the industry can learn,” he stated.

The award for Innovation was presented to manufacturing company Abertax, for the creation of a central degassing release system for “stop and go” automotive batteries. According to EU legislation, all cars manufactured from 2013 onwards will be required to comply with a stop and go operation. This will create a heavy demand on car batteries in their load handling capabilities. The AGM batteries will be required to have a central degassing system, which will allow the gases generated from within the batteries to be guided to a central channel and led safely outside the vehicle.

The Abertax team started working on this challenge, and after some work on the development was initiated, a patent application was filed. Patents have already been awarded in the United States, Japan, Korea, China and Germany. The Abertax team beat severe global competition and is now considered a leader in innovative products, with the Central Degassing System being sought out and tested by leading world battery manufacturers.

The Leadership award was presented to both nominees, MITA and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Malta. The Faculty of Engineering has been a prime contributor to the profession, and has promoted engineering primarily by providing hundreds of graduates who are the vibrant core of the profession today. It currently has 399 enrolled undergraduate students following a course of international quality. A postgraduate student body numbering sixty, gives the Faculty a clear leading role in research, with involvement in a number of Research and Innovation projects and European Framework Protocol projects.

On the other hand, MITA has undertaken a challenging project to implement an Enterprise Data Centre. The primary objective behind such investment is to provide a cost-effective ICT hosting environment which is sufficiently scalable, secure and resilient to meet the forecasted long-term hosting capacity of the Information Systems requirements of Government. The standard level accomplished has been accredited internationally, attaining the highly recognised and sought after International Accreditation from the Uptime Institute for the TIER III Data Centre Design, the only Data Centre in Malta to attain such an accreditation.

Finally, Ing. Vince Magri was presented the Lifetime Achievement award. Ing. Magri has had a rich career in both the private sector as well as in the public service. For the past 20 years, he held senior management positions within the Civil Service and more recently occupied the post of the Chief Executive Officer with WasteServ Malta Limited. Without his contribution and perseverance, the waste management sector would not be where it is today.









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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 December 2011 09:49