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Torc Product Development wins prestigious award

25 November 2013

Northern Ireland Design Quality confirmed

Lurgan based company, Torc Product Development Ltd, has beaten off strong all-island competition to win a prestigious design award at the IDI Design Awards 2013.

The company won “Best Industrial Product” for its medical training product “Truman Trauma Surgical Training Manikin”- a decision made by an international panel of judges from a broad range of design disciplines. At the awards ceremony which was held in Vicar Street, Dublin last week, the judges’ commented that the product was a “Highly original development of an existing recovery tool, excellent execution, real clarity of presentation for a highly complex product- worthy of 1st prize.” 

Torc Product Development designed and produced the Truman Trauma System for Belfast client, Trucorp Limited, to train medical professionals in advanced trauma techniques. The product is a full size model of adult head and chest and simulates a range of life threatening trauma problems that medical personnel may encounter in the course of their work, allowing for the practitioner to practice resolving the symptoms with the appropriate procedures.  To date the Truman Trauma System has been well received in the medical market. 

This young Lurgan based company was established just 2 years ago, and has already illustrated that it’s winning combination of experienced staff, led by Declan O’Duil, working in conjunction with a wide range of industry contacts, can successfully create a complex product which has been successfully designed, manufactured and delivered to a specialised market.

 Declan O’Duil, the director of Torc, says “the award is a great affirmation for our design skills and the “solutions oriented” way we work in close collaboration with our customers, providing them with appropriate solutions for their market’s needs.  We are especially grateful to all who contributed to bringing this project to market including our manufacturers, whose input saved a lot of time, along with the clinicians whose test-feedback steered us to this success.” 

 The Truman Trauma Surgical Training Manikin and all the shortlisted entries are on display in the Harry Clarke Gallery at the National College of Art and Design on Thomas Street in Dublin until the late November.

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