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Royal honour as hi-tech firm scoops top award

WORKERS at a West Lothian computer company were celebrating last night (Tuesday, April 11, 2000) . . . after their firm was presented with a top award by HRH The Princess Royal.

Sun Microsystems Scotland, which employs 700 people at its plant in Linlithgow, scooped the Scottish Engineering Award – dubbed the industry’s “most prestigious trophy”.

Princess Anne presented the trophy to Sun ‘s director of engineering, Mark Merigot, at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel.

The award is given annually by Scottish Engineering – one of the foremost industry trade groups in Scotland – to companies which have made a “significant contribution” to raising standards. Previous winners have included ScottishPower and IBM.

Mr Merigot said: “This award would not have been possible without the dedication of one very special group of people – our employees. Their commitment to business excellence and the support of our suppliers and contractors have allowed Sun to flourish in Scotland.”

Sun Microsystems began life in California in 1982, opening its Scottish plant in Linlithgow in 1990. It has built up a reputation as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services. The company recently made the high-powered computers used to produce the Disney/Pixar blockbuster “Toy Story 2”.

The Scottish Engineering Award is the latest in a line of honours for the Linlithgow plant. In 1996 Sun Scotland was named as the Best UK Electronics Factory by Management Today magazine.

The same year, a further award was presented by the then President of the Board of Trade, Ian Lang, to mark Sun’s contribution to improving competitiveness within UK industry and commerce.

Further awards have followed to mark the Sun’s role as a good corporate citizen and its commitment to staff development and training.

Peter Hughes OBE, the chief executive of Scottish Engineering,said: “Sun Microsystems is an excellent example of a well-led, dynamic, innovative manufacturing company and joins a distinguished band of Scottish companies which have won the award.”

Mr Hughes cited previous winners as ScottishPower, Weir Pumps, IBM Greenock Ltd., NCR, Clyde Blowers, Kvaerner Govan and Rostil Ltd. He added that Scottish Engineering was “honoured” the Princess Royal could present the award.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision – The Network is The Computer™ – has propelled Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to “.com” their businesses. With $13 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.

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