Automotive component manufacturer, the Autins Group is celebrating after being shortlisted in five categories in this year’s prestigious The Manufacturer MX (TMMX) Awards.
The Autins Group was shortlisted in the Apprentice of the Year and Young Manufacturer of the Year categories, alongside Customer Focus, Partnership in Education and Through Life Engineering categories, having invested a substantial amount in training, development and technology over the past three years.
Set up in 1966, The Autins Group made parts for the original Mini. The British owned company includes Automotive Insulations in Rugby; Scandins in Sweden; Rheinland Insulations in Germany, and Solar Nonwovens in Tamworth.
Together, they supply thermal and acoustic components to the domestic and European car industry, to clients including the VW Group, Bentley, Porsche and JLR.
Delighted that the company has been shortlisted for so many awards, CEO, Jim Griffin, commented: “To be a finalist in almost half of the categories is amazing and a great testament to the great work we do here at Autins developing the next generation of manufacturers and engineers.
“The competition has been exceptionally tough this year and we are very proud that the company’s commitment to manufacturing excellence has been recognised by an independent body.”
The judging panel is made up of more than 30 highly experienced manufacturing experts. As part of the overall assessment process, judges will visit the Autins site in September to witness manufacturing processes in action and evaluate findings against each award’s rigorous criteria.
Some of the categories will be judged at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London on September 21, where finalists will present to a panel of industry experts. The demonstrations will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.
The awards programme will culminate at The Manufacturer MX Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, at The Vox in Birmingham on November 2, where the winners will be crowned and celebrated by 850 of their industry peers.
Nick Hussey, CEO of TMMX Awards organisers, Hennik Group, commented on what an achievement it was to make the final shortlist, saying: “We are delighted to present such a robust shortlist of wonderful manufacturing businesses.
“In several categories, entries are double those of 2015, and the total number of companies entering is up by almost 25%, with many companies entering multiple categories. To me, this demonstrates the breadth of their all-round manufacturing excellence.”
View the TMMX Awards shortlist here.
TMMX Awards is part of TM Live, a series of events taking place from November 1-3, which includes: The Manufacturer Top 100, The Manufacturer’s Annual Leaders Conference, TMMX Awards, and The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo.
TMMX Awards 2016 are supported by headline sponsor NatWest, and co-sponsor Meggitt; category sponsors Autodesk; EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Through-life Engineering Services; Grant Thornton, ILX Skills, Industry Forum; Siemens, Warwick Manufacturing Group; University of Warwick, judging sponsor University of Birmingham, and partner Durham University Business School.
The awards are organised and run by the Hennik Group, publishers of The Manufacturer, in collaboration and with the support of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).