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F1 motorsports manufacturer, Xtrac, have been crowned as The Manufacturer of the Year 2014 at the annual awards in Birmingham.
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.
Xtrac, which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary, employs approximately 280 staff at its 88,000 sq ft factory in Thatcham, Berkshire and is recognised as a world leader in the design and manufacture of transmission systems for motorsport, transportation, defence and marine.
“What a fantastic night,” said Peter Digby, Managing Director of Xtrac. “To win one award is special, to win two awards is great but to win the overall award has just been wonderful.
“It’s great tribute to our 280 employees and the shareholders back at Xtrac and our operation in America as well. Very excited. It’s been a wonderful night.
“Yes, we will be ambassadors for manufacturing. We make things, we export things and we’re very proud of that.”
Richard Hill, Head of Automotive and Manufacturing at RBS, the headline sponsor for the event, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our support for The Manufacturer of The Year Awards and congratulate Xtrac on its success.
“The awards ceremony is an incredible reflection of the diversity, innovation and expertise that British manufacturing has to show.
“RBS has long been involved in the manufacturing industry, with teams across the UK dedicated to supporting our manufacturing businesses.
“I’d like to congratulate all the winners for their achievements in the awards and also for their contribution to the sector as a whole.”
The Manufacturer extends its thanks to the sponsors of The Manufacturer of the Year Awards for making the event possible. In particular, our thanks goes to the event’s headline sponsor for eight years running, The Royal Bank of Scotland.
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.