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Integrated Display Systems

Integrated Display Systems is recognised as the industry leader for designing and manufacturing belt tension measurement equipment and automotive handbrake setting equipment worldwide.  We've helped our customers achieve consistent, quantifiable quality control by providing accurate, reliable, and durable equipment since 1982.

IDS produces all our project parts in-house to ensure lead times, quality and accuracy is maintained to high standards.  Our fully equipped CNC machine shop can cope with the most demanding of jobs.

We employ a broad range of fully skilled engineers to provide our services and products.  All of our machining services and manufacturing processes are backed by a proven and recognised quality system.

The company has evolved over the years, initially producing LED displays primarily used in airports.  Over the years we designed and manufactured a wide range of products from automated industrial refrigerator doors to bomb disposal robots for police forces and the military.

Queen's Award For Enterprise

Integrated Display Systems Ltd has been independently acknowledged for its innovative and technological achievements by the receipt of six Queen's Award for Enterprise - four of which have been received in the last six years.

In 2016 we were awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise by Her Majesty the Queen.  This award acknowledged the technology which we had developed for the Gusto (POPP Clamp Release) Tool.  A presentation at Buckingham Place was followed by a more informal celebration for all our staff with the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland.

This is the sixth time that the company has won this prestigious award.  Previous Queen's Awards were for developing the technology of the handheld belt tension meters, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) belt tension setting equipment, and the unique patented handbrake setting equipment.

Integrated Display Systems Ltd awards;

  • Queen's Award For Enterprise:
    Technological Achievement - 1997
    • Signed by the Sovereign's Command - John Major

  • Queen's Award For Enterprise:
    Innovation - 2004
    • Signed by the Sovereign's Command - Tony Blair

  • Queen's Award For Enterprise:
    Innovation - 2010
    • Signed by the Sovereign's Command - Gordon Brown

  • Queen's Award For Enterprise:
    International Trade - 2012
    • Signed by the Sovereign's Command - David Cameron

  • Queen's Award For Enterprise:
    International Trade - 2014
    • Signed by the Sovereign's Command - David Cameron

  • Queen's Award For Enterprise:
    Innovation - 2016
    • Signed by the Sovereign's Command - Theresa May

Location - Wallsend

Integrated Display System Ltd is located in Wallsend, historically Wallsend on Tyne, an area in North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, North East of England.  Historically part of Northumberland, Wallsend derives its name as the location of the end of Hadrian's Wall.  It has a population of 42,842 and lies 3 1/2 miles (5.6 kilometres) east of Newcastle City Centre.

Segedunum Roman Fort

In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the North.

The result was Hadrian's Wall, a 73 mile barrier stretching from the River Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west.  Segedunum, which means 'Strong Fort', was built to guard the eastern end of the Wall, and housed 600 Roman soldiers.  It stood for almost 300 years as a symbol of Roman rule and a bastion against barbarian attack.

Today, Segedunum is once again a major site on Hadrian's Wall.  It is the most excavated fort along the Wall with surviving foundations of many buildings and part of the Wall itself.  There is a large interactive museum plus full-scale reconstructions of a bath house and a section of Wall.  The 35 metre high viewing tower provides outstanding views across this World Heritage Site.

Swan Hunter's Ship Building

Wallsend has a history of shipbuilding and was the home of the Wigham Richardson shipyard, which later amalgamated to form Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson.

One of the best known shipbuilders in the world, the company was responsible for some of the greatest ships of the early 20th century - most famously RMS Mauretania  which held the Blue Riband  for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic, and RMS Carpathia  which rescued survivors from RMS Titanic.

In 2006 Swan Hunter ceased vessel construction on Tyneside, but continues to provide design engineering services.

The flagship of the Royal Navy, HMS Ark Royal  was built at Swan Hunter's, entering service in 1985.  She was the third and final vessel of Invincible-class.  Her keel was laid at Wallsend on 7 December 1978.  She was launched on 2 June 1981, sponsored by the Queen Mother, and commissioned on 1 November 1985.  Slightly larger than her sister ships, and with a steeper ski-jump ramp, Ark Royal carried the STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) Harrier Jump Jet aircraft, as well as various helicopters.  With a crew complement of over 1,000 sailors and aviators, she saw active service in the 1990s Bosnian War and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

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