MX awards celebrate UK industry

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ (IMechE) 2014 National Manufacturing Excellence Awards made a welcome return as they honoured some of the most creative and inspiring organisations working in the industry.

The awards are designed to encourage industry productivity and worldwide competitiveness for UK manufacturers.

The awards were held at International Digital Laboratory at the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) base. A keynote speech was delivered by Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth. Entertainment was provided by BBC Radio 2 presenter, Jeremy Vine.

Guests were welcomed by University of Warwick professor, Lord Bhattacharyya and Colin Brown, Engineering Director at the IMechE, and given private tours of WMG’s materials research and energy innovation centre.

Lord Bhattacharyya said:”The MX awards show the very best of British manufacturing, and I’m delighted to congratulate every company and every innovator who has had a part to play in the success stories being highlighted this evening”

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills overall winner was Cummins Inc. Cummins, a diesel engine manufacturer, based in Darlington, was the standout of the evening; being nominated in six categories.

Other winners included Mech-Tool Engineering (Best SME), Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (Logistics and Operational Efficiency), Altro (Innovation in Products and Processes), Building Adhesives (Business Development and Change Management), Elster Water Metering (Customer Focus), ZF Lemforder UK (Financial Management), Selex ES (Partnership with Education), Loadhog (People Effectiveness), Brother Industries UK (Sustainable Manufacturing).