Edwards Group Limited, a manufacturer of vacuum products and abatement systems and a provider of related value-added services, has been awarded a Gold Stevie Award in the 9th annual International Business Awards.

Edwards beat off stiff competition from across the globe to be named winner of the ‘Best New Product or Service of the Year - Industrial Products & Services’ category for its class-leading CXS dry vacuum pump.

Introduced in 2011, the CXS is the latest of Edward’s dry vacuum pumps for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The tapered screw technology facilitates liquid and solids handling, improving operation while providing deep vacuum down to 10-3 mbar.

Edwards believes this is the first ‘plug and pump’ system, an advance that has made ‘vacuum on demand’ a reality. The development of the CXS has proved to be a crucial tipping point for vacuum, taking the technology from ‘specialist equipment’ to ‘utility’.

The International Business Awards 2012 awards saw more than 3,200 entries being submitted from more than 50 countries. The winners were selected by a panel of specialist executives in recognition of their commitment to international excellence in innovation, growth and design.