Aurrigo wins Made in the Midlands Manufacturing Innovation Award

Aurrigo International has won the Manufacturing Innovation Award at the Made in the Midlands Awards 2024.

The Coventry-based company is developing autonomous solutions for handling baggage and cargo at airports, with its Auto-DollyTug being deployed at six airports including Changi International Airport in Singapore and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in the USA.

Its innovation helps airports reduce costs, increase operational efficiencies, improve safety and reduce their carbon footprint.

Judges at the awards, hosted by Insider Media at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham, were impressed with the way Aurrigo designed, developed and built the Auto-DollyTug that can replace diesel tugs.

Aurrigo International was also shortlisted for the Export Award and the Manufacturer of the Year (with a turnover of under £25m) Award.

Miles Garner, Sales and Marketing Director at Aurrigo International, said: “A lot of companies are talking about autonomy, but few have developed an autonomous vehicle that will be operational in a live, working environment. That is what we have done, and this is just the start, with lots of exciting conversations taking place with airports and operators all over the world.”

The latest Auto-DollyTug combines the utility of a baggage tractor and the ULD carrying capability of an airport dolly to carry up to four ULDs in one go, rotate in its own length using 360-degree tank turn capability and move directly sideways and slide into tight spaces in baggage halls and aircraft stands with its sideways drive system.

It also features Aurrigo’s auto-loading and release management system that adds bi-directional robotic arms to its body so it can load and unload ULDs.

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