The best in UK manufacturing: TMMX Awards 2016 shortlist announced

TMMX Awards Crowd 2015
The shortlist will now embark on a rigorous second round of judging.

The Manufacturer has revealed the shortlisted companies for this year’s prestigious TMMX Awards.

The quality of this year’s applicants for the 2016 TMMX Awards is truly outstanding, with entrants representing a host of sectors and hailing from every corner of the UK, including Caterpillar Northern Ireland; family run natural healthcare product manufacturer Nelsons in London; GE Aviation in Wales; Amtek Plastics in Devon; Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company in Kent, and Coca-Cola European Partners in Northumberland.

Lambert Engineering - TMMX Awards 2015
Shortlisted in seven categories across The Manufacturer MX Awards 2015, Lambert Engineering walked away with four awards.

View the TMMX Awards shortlist here.

Shortlisted firms now face a rigorous judging process. Companies shortlisted in nine of this year’s categories will receive a site visit and assessment in September, where judges will carefully evaluate each entrant’s factory against the criteria.

The remaining three categories will be judged at the IMechE in London on September 21, where shortlisted companies will present to a panel of industry experts. Judges will deliberate and reach their final decisions on the day.

Nick Hussey, CEO of the Hennik Group, which organises The Manufacturer MX Awards, said: “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.

“All the shortlisted companies should be extremely proud that they have been selected against so much strong competition. The entry and shortlisting process is far more rigorous and evidence-based than any other industry awards programme and making it to the finals is a huge achievement.

“I’m looking forward to the site visits and meeting the individuals behind these extraordinary companies. I also look forward to seeing you all, and celebrating your success, at The Manufacturer MX Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on November 2.”

Philippa Oldham, head of transport and manufacturing, IMechE.
Philippa Oldham, head of transport and manufacturing, IMechE.

Philippa Oldham, head of Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “The Manufacturer MX Awards not only celebrate the best in UK manufacturing, but taking part gives companies the opportunity to receive valuable advice, free of charge, from world class experts.

“Finalists and winners then receive a detailed and confidential business report written by the University of Durham. In a time of fierce competition in business, the feedback provided through the Manufacturing Excellence Awards could make the difference between a company’s success and failure.

“The judging panel is made up of over 30 highly experienced manufacturing experts and the rigorous process involves desk based judging, factory site visits and in interviews with the panel. This enables the judges to ensure that we are identifying the very best of UK industry.”

Richard Hill, ‎head of Manufacturing & Automotive Sector, NatWest, headline sponsor of TMMX Awards commented: “We’re once again delighted to be supporting the MX Awards, and celebrating our 10th year of working with The Manufacturer to showcase some outstanding achievements in the industry.

“The awards are a great demonstration of the expertise, innovation and diverse range of specialisms that make up the UK manufacturing sector.

Richard Hill, head of Manufacturing & Automotive, NatWest.
Richard Hill, head of Manufacturing & Automotive, NatWest.
manufacturingsector@natwest.com

“NatWest has been supporting UK manufacturers for over 200 years. And has teams across the UK dedicated to providing specialist local advice to help businesses succeed with their ambitions. I’d like to wish all companies the best of luck and congratulate them for their contribution to the sector.”

The awards programme will culminate at The Manufacturer MX Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, at The Vox in Birmingham, where the winners will be crowned and celebrated by their industry peers. This is the biggest annual celebration in the industry’s calendar and this year places are limited to 850.

TM Live

TMMX Awards is part of TM Live, a series of events taking place from November 1-3, including the launch of The Manufacturer Top 100, The Manufacturer’s Annual Leaders Conference, 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).

View our previous winners here.