Sir David: I was determined I was going to go into a career in the aircraft industry.
John: I did an engineering apprenticeship.
Sir David: I applied for a job in what is now Rolls-Royce. I was deputy chief designer and that was the time we started Renishaw.
John: David’s strength is that he’s a great innovator as well as a designer.
Sir David: John’s strength is always commercial nouse.
Sir David: The areas of science which we are active in is metrology which is the science of measurement
John: We were going to be selling to big companies who had absolutely failed to solve the problem of manufacturing a sensor capable of being used on their machines. We had no problem whatsoever in introducing the product to these major companies in America, Japan, Italy and the UK.
John: This reward really is for the company and that’s what makes me really proud.
Sir David: It puts the company in the spotlight.