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Research partnership results in royal visit to present Queen’s Award

Published: 19 November 2010

A research partnership between the University of Southampton’s world-renowned Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and Halyard Ltd, Europe’s leading manufacturer of marine exhaust systems, has resulted in Halyard receiving its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

HRH the Duke of Kent made a special visit to Halyard’s headquarters in Salisbury to present the company with its Award.

Matt Parker, Senior Consulting Engineer for ISVR Consulting at the University of Southampton, says: “We have provided technical expertise plus research and development support to Halyard for over 10 years. From the EU-funded ‘Soundboat’ project in 2003 right through to the development of the marine resonator exhaust silencer, so we are very proud to see them receive this second Queen’s Innovation Award.”

HRH the Duke of Kent visits Halyard

The Duke of Kent presented Halyard with the prestigious award in recognition of its continuous dedication to innovation. Since winning its last Queen’s Award in 2006, Halyard, with support from ISVR, has developed a number of significant new products to provide strategic solutions for the silencing of larger marine engines and generators. New products include the company’s patented watercooled Helmholtz resonator silencer, designed in conjunction with ISVR.

ISVR consulting is the consultancy unit of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, which is part of the University of Southampton. It offers up-to-date expertise and technical assistance to SMEs across a wide range of areas involving sound and vibration engineering, which is uniquely informed by 47 years of research within ISVR.


Notes for editors

  • ISVR Consulting undertakes commercial consultancy work and contract research in acoustics, noise, vibration, speech intelligibility, hearing and audio communication, vehicle dynamics and shock analysis for Industry, Businesses, Government Departments and Agencies, Local Authorities, other organisations and individuals.

    They have comprehensive laboratory and test facilities with specialist equipment and instrumentation for field or laboratory measurement and analysis. Their staff consists of professional, full-time noise and vibration consultants, with supporting technical and administrative staff. Most projects are handled in-house, but they can also call on the specialist expertise of the academic and research staff from the ISVR and other University departments.

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