19 January, 2020

Celebrating a lifetime’s contribution to the compressed air industry

22 August, 2019

Kevin Prince, director Atlas Copco Ltd and general manager, Atlas Copco – Power Technique Division, was this year’s recipient of the BCAS Lifetime Contribution Award presented on 22 May at the 4th annual Motion Control Industry Awards held at the National Conference Centre near Birmingham.

This Motion Control Industry Awards accolade is given to an individual who has made a significant and consistent contribution to the compressed air industry over the duration of his/her career.

Prince has a wealth of experience that has been gained over the past 37 years across a variety of roles. Starting out as a design draughtsman, his career has touched upon almost every aspect of the compressed air industry; from basic tyre inflation through to intrinsically safe and explosion-proof instrument air systems required to control deep sea crude oil extraction.


It is a journey which has seen him remain loyal to just one employer, Atlas Copco, including roles in project and contract engineering, key account management, product marketing as well as three general manager positions and a group role in M&A. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Presented by Jason Morgan, BCAS president and managing director of HPC Plc, the award also recognised the active role that Prince has played within BCAS and the wider industry.

Morgan said: “Over the past 20 years Kevin has devoted much of his time to promoting the values that BCAS provides to its membership and the wider compressed air community.

“An active committee contributor during the early 2000s, leading to a full board director position that was held for seven years from 2004, Kevin remains committed to the Society and its vital role within our industry.

“Very much a people person, it is no surprise that no fewer than four managers have progressed to general manager positions and many more have furthered their own career paths under his mentorship. I’m delighted to be able to present the award to Kevin in recognition of his dedicated service to the industry.”

Commenting on the award, Prince added: “I’m honoured to have received this award from an industry that I am proud to be a part of, but any success is always the result of a true team effort. Being a good manager and developing people is key to the success of any business, yes – company results matter, but without good people and giving individuals opportunities to grow and develop, companies cannot evolve.”

[Image caption] Kevin Prince (second from left) receives the BCAS Lifetime Contribution award from BCAS president Jason Morgan (third from left) at this year’s Motion Control Industry Awards. The awards were hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Penny Smith (far left). BCAS’s executive director, Vanda Jones (far right) also congratulated Prince on his award.

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