Tratos ltd

Merseyside Manufacturing Innovator Takes Queen’s Award

Press release   •   Jun 13, 2019 10:06 BST

Merseyside-based independent cable technology company Tratos UK has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The global company, which manufactures in Britain and Italy and sells to around 52 countries, picked up an award for innovation from the UK’s leading award for business.

The company has invested heavily in new plant, equipment and test facilities in Knowsley, Merseyside and is heavily innovation-focused. It works shoulder to shoulder with clients from industries such as power, communications, green energy, rail and marine to transport, defence and construction to develop, test and produce bespoke cable for their specific needs.

Tratos UK’s innovation award was for a new cable sheathing compound, Tratos JBA®, that can shrug off the most corrosive elements and protect cable function in the harshest of environments.

Tratos UK Ltd CEO and Chair Dr Maurizio Bragagni said: “These products have advanced safety and performance. They were developed by the company to be used for telecommunication, power or signaling cables.

“The compound is able to resist fire to new and higher standards, and, at the same time, defend against the aggressive acids present in different environments from railway and transport to oil and gas platforms.

“This innovation is bigger than just producing a new generation of cables able to accept the challenge of higher performance standards; it is innovation that will transform unsafe cables.

“We were confident of the quality of the innovation and the advances it brings, but we were absolutely thrilled to learn it had been recognized with a Queen’s Award.”

Tratos UK representatives will be presented with the award at Buckingham Palace.

Tratos JBA®

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise chose Tratos UK’s cutting-edge JBA® compound as its Innovation winner.

The company produced one advanced compound that can be modified to meet specific cable performance elements (e.g. safety, durability, extended operational life) to meet the requirements of a number of important industrial sectors.

The new technology brings big advances for industries including Marine, Oil & Gas, Railways and Mass Transit as well as high-performance Naval applications in a number of different countries.

Tratos UK has the knowledge, experience and in-house R&D facilities to explore and create next-generation technology and investment in innovation has positioned the company as a leading innovator within the Cable Industry worldwide, a privileged position in the markets in which it operates. In short, it is the ‘go-to’ company for cable solutions where none currently exist.

Tratos’ new compound increases the safety of cable, its resistance to the most invasive and corrosive elements in the environment and its performance. It also offers significant reduction of fire propagation while continuing to function. All of these are significant gains and are the compelling reasons behind Tratos’ investment in the technology.

The compound delivered by Tratos, after five long years of testing by an independent body, demonstrated consistent high performance and was consequently accepted for the new development of London Underground.

About Tratos:

Tratos UK, part of the Tratos Group, is a multi-award-winning cable technology innovation company with manufacturing and R&D bases in the UK and Italy and offices worldwide.

It specializes in the development and production of quality cable that offers the highest levels of performance. Tratos develops cable to enable the ‘not yet possible’.

The 50+ year old company was born from the ashes of WWII. It started with one enlightened engineer returning home to find his Tuscany village destroyed and isolated with the destruction of strategically important bridges. He set to, with the men of the village, to undertake the building of the first bridge.

Tratos UK provided jobs, facilitated growth and security and created wealth for the local economy. Its UK production base in Knowsley, Merseyside, was seen as a key location for global advancement. It also tapped into significant cable expertise as the area had been one of the UK’s cable capitals.

A family business, it is managed by a diverse board of directors drawn from seasoned professionals in the industry and appropriately qualified and experienced family members.

Tratos innovation is behind the world’s smallest fibre optic microcables, the cables at the core of the international ITER nuclear fusion energy generation experiment and some of the most cutting-edge technology across transport, defense, communications, power, marine and offshore.

Tratos Ltd CEO and Chair Dr Maurizio Bragagni

Dr Bragagni left Italy with a Masters in Law from the University of Pisa and a determination start at the bottom and work his way up in the firm’s UK base.

More than that he learned English, got to understand each layer of the industry by being involved at each level, he progressed through the company, taking it global and completed a Masters in Business Administration at Cass Business School London.

As CEO and Chair he has secured investment in state-of-the-art machinery and R&D facilities, gained funding for a brand-new factory and created a culture of innovation within the company.

A committed philanthropist he has also set up a charity,, which works to fund projects to help some of the most deprived children and young people by supporting their education.

For further information contact:

Zilah SkerrittGeneral ManagerTratos Ltdmobile +44 7833 421201e-mail  

Innovative cable manufacturer Tratos, is a leader in Electrical, Electronic and Fibre Optic cable technology. Its serves worldwide markets, creating bespoke solutions where necessary and manufacturing to an exceptionally high standard.