Rokos won the Enterprise Europe Network Awards 2014 for the New Markets category. Rokos works closely with a manufacture in the Giant Mountains of Bohemia, in the Czech Republic, near Prague. Designer Jim’s Grandfather was originally from Prague and he came to England during World War II.
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The Enterprise Europe Network:
When we were looking for an appropriate manufacturer for the Gauge vase, we reached out to the Enterprise Europe Network office at UCL in London for help.
Few manufacturers had the exceptional craftsmanship needed to produce high quality crystal to our challenging technical specifications.
Aware of the Czech Republic's distinguished glassmaking tradition, Enterprise Europe Network London contacted their Czech counterparts with a detailed brief of the technical specifications and quality required. Enterprise Europe Network colleagues in Prague then used their local knowledge and contacts to identify the most promising leads.
As a result, Glassworks Harrachov - the Czech Republic's oldest glass manufacturer, produced prototypes, and is going on to manufacture two sizes of the vase in three colours.
British designer Jim Rokos said: "I know how incredibly difficult it is to find the right manufacturer and I can only imagine it must have taken a lot of work and brilliance. All my thanks to the Enterprise Europe Network and I can only recommend them to designers looking to find the right match to make their product ideas happen."
Visit een.ec.europa.eu for the official awards winner announcement article.
Visit euronews.com for the full story of Rokos and the Czech Republic crystal glass manufacture.
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