The shortlist for The Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2014 is announced, revealing that over 60 companies have made the first cut across 14 categories.

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The competition is remarkable in its diversity, with finalists from nearly every sub-sector of manufacturing. Automotive, food and drink, engineering, defence contractors, speciality steel, aerospace, beauty products, medical technology, precision components and much more show how open the contest is and how difficult it will be to judge the winners.

Shortlisted companies will be invited to meet and engage with each of the category judges for the second round of the competition on October 7 at Aston Villa Football Club. Those shortlisted in the World Class Manufacturing category will receive site visits by an independent industry panel as part of the process.

This year’s awards were launched at the House of Commons on March 3 and sponsored by Margot James MP and attended by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. More than 200 senior business leaders turned out for the launch to support TM’s hard work in improving the image of manufacturing in the UK and inspire manufacturers to increase competitiveness.

The winners will be crowned at The Manufacturer of the Year Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner on November 27 at The ICC, Birmingham.