Future Manufacturing Award winners announced

eefawardsProsthetics manufacturer Chas. A. Blatchford & Sons has been declared the ‘winner of winners’ for its “ambition to delivering quality products to improve people’s lives” at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2013 which celebrate the strengths of UK manufacturing.

The Basingstoke, Hants-based firm was also named as winner of the competition’s Export Growth and Smart Product Awards.

Other winners included:

The Business Growth Award for fire protection and insulation materials manufacturer Advanced Insulations; bottled water manufacturer Princes Gate Spring Water won the Environmental Efficiency Award; the Sustainable Manufacturing Award went to Vaillant Group, a manufacturer of products for heating and cooling water; and the Export Development Award went to joint winners – the gas detection and safety systems manufacturer Trolex, and organic skincare products manufacturer Pai Skincare.

High-performance navigation software manufacturer UTC Aerospace Systems (Plymouth) won a new Health and Safety Award; the Partnership with Education Award went to precision ‘O’-ring manufacturer Superior Seals; the Investing in Skills Award was won by stair parts manufacturer Richard Burbidge; and the Operating Practices and Processes Award winner was inspection equipment manufacturer Loma Systems UK.

The individual Manufacturing Champion Award went to Soil Machine Dynamics’ managing director Andrew Hodgson, while Jaguar Land Rover’s Dr Ralf Speth took the Outstanding Industrialist Award.

Apprentices were also rewarded for their achievements. The winner of the Final Year Apprentice Award was Daniel Holland from Airbus UK; the First Year Apprentice Award winner was Aiden Rogers of Rolls-Royce; and the Young Engineering Student Award was Thomas Doyle from the Merrill Academy.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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