On Wednesday 4 March 2015, during a reception hosted by Margot James MP at the House of Commons, it was formally announced that the UK’s two leading manufacturing awards – The Manufacturer of the Year Awards, run by The Manufacturer, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards have joined forces to form The Manufacturer MX (TMMX) Awards.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and The Manufacturer have combined their strengths to form a new, unique benchmarking competition that recognises manufacturing excellence and also provides companies taking part with free, targeted business advice.

For 2015 and beyond, TMMX will be an annual awards programme delivered by The Manufacturer, in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

CEO of The Manufacturer, Nick Hussey said: “There are too many awards that lack gravitas and rigour and do nothing to help UK manufacturing. By combining with the Institution we have established the ultimate benchmark for all UK manufacturers to aspire to.”

“By uniting our strength and experience, we are raising the bar for all manufacturers in the UK, offering them the platform and confidence to stand tall on the international stage.”

Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ President Group Captain, Mark Hunt OBE said: “We are delighted to be able to combine forces with The Manufacturer. Manufacturing is at the heart of a healthy UK economy and these awards will not only recognise outstanding achievements in this sector, but will also help drive improvements in business practices of all the companies involved.”

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The Manufacturer of the Year Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner 2014 was hosted at The ICC, Birmingham on November 27 and attracted almost 1,000 guests from manufacturing companies and supporting organisations; a record crowd for the event! The winners were congratulated by keynote speaker and guest host for the evening, Jason Bradbury.

* Click here to view the 2014 winners *

The competition is remarkable in its diversity, with finalists from nearly every sub-sector of manufacturing: automotive, food and drink, engineering, medical technology, beauty products, aerospace, precision components and much more shows just how open the contest is and reflects the incredible diversity, innovation and expertise that UK manufacturing has to offer.

* The official photos from the night can be found here *