The Manufacturer MX Awards 2018: Shortlist revealed!

Posted on 12 Sep 2018 by Jonny Williamson

The shortlist for the UK manufacturing industry’s most coveted awards has been revealed.

Companies including Accolade Wines, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover are among those that have been shortlisted across 10 categories, with one of them going on to be judged to be the highly coveted ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ 2018.

The winners were announced at a  glittering black tie gala dinner on 15 November at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. 

Click here to view all the winners on the night, including a special Lifetime Achievement award.

Shortlisted companies faced a rigorous second round judging process. Eight of this year’s categories had site visits from the judging panel throughout September, while the remaining categories were judged on a dedicated day in September where they presented to a panel of experts.

The Manufacturer MX Awards are delivered by The Manufacturer and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The annual programme is universally acknowledged as the gold standard for bench-marking performance across a range of manufacturing categories, among companies large and small. They involve a detailed investigation of each entrant’s citation by groups of judges, who visit each factory in turn to inspect processes, and interview management and staff.

The Manufacturer MX Awards 2018 shortlist:

Achieving Customer Value People & Skills
Accolade Wines Corrosion Resistant Products Limited
AGRIMECH Domino Printing Sciences
McLaren Automotive Gripple Limited
Protolabs Leyland Trucks LTD
Yorkshire Laser and Fabrication Superior Seals Ltd
ZF Lemforder TSP Engineering Ltd
Export Smart Factory
A-SAFE BMW Group MINI plant Oxford Assembly
Cleveland Bridge Martin’s Rubber Co. Ltd.
Faith in Nature McLaren Automotive
Green’s RGE Engineering Limited
Gripple Limited ZF Lemforder
Heald Ltd ZF Lemforder Darlaston plant
P&B Metal Components Ltd
Primetake Ltd Supply Chain Excellence
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd Accolade Wines
Innovation & Design Jaguar Land Rover
A-SAFE ZF Lemforder
CNC Robotics Limited
LineView Solutions Ltd. Sustainable Manufacturing
McLaren Automotive Accolade Wines
Tharsus Atlas Copco Henrob
TrakRap Bromford Industries
Cleveland Bridge
Leadership & Strategy G&P Group Holdings Ltd
Accolade Wines McLaren Automotive
Lander Automotive Philips Avent
Lintott Control Systems Limited
Plastic Card Services Limited  Manufacturing in Action
Tharsus  Accolade Wines
Vert Rotors UK Ltd  British Rototherm
 Lintott Control Systems Limited
Operational Excellence  MBDA
Accolade Wines  PP Control & Automation
BMW Group MINI plant Oxford Assembly  Renishaw
Domino Printing Sciences
Essentra Components
Jaguar Land Rover
Lander Automotive
Leyland Trucks LTD
P&B Metal Components Ltd
Philips Avent
Young Manufacturer of the Year
Nishant Raj Industry 4.0  Strategy & Project Lead Atlas Copco Henrob
Joseph Bubb Junior Process Engineer Beaver-Visitec International
Kyle Raffo Team Leader Injection Moulding Gripple Limited
Maria Collins Apprentice Engineer IMI Precision Engineering
Luke Foley Supplier Quality Apprentice Lander Automotive
James Smithies Supplier Quality Manager Leyland Trucks LTD
Haydn Ward R&D Project Manager Paragon ID
Morven Burden Factory Manager Pladis Global

Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer, said, “There are dozens of awards programmes in the manufacturing sector, but The Manufacturer MX Awards stands head and shoulders above them all. And that is why companies such as McLaren Automotive are so eager to take part, because they know they are being tested in a way no other programme can offer.

“It’s demanding, but companies embrace it because, perhaps for the first time, they are being bench-marked against the best.

“So, many congratulations to all the companies named in this year’s shortlist. We look forward to meeting you on the judging tour in September and at the gala awards ceremony in Liverpool in November. May the best companies win!”

A very special ‘Made in Britain’ production line – McLaren Automotive, Woking.
A very special ‘Made in Britain’ production line – McLaren Automotive, Woking.

At the 2017 The Manufacturer MX Awards, McLaren Automotive was crowned ‘Manufacturer of the Year’, on top of winning the ‘Innovation & Design’ and ‘Smart Factory’ categories.

McLaren’s operations director, Alan Foster, told The Manufacturer recently: “Nothing in life that is good, is easy. By involving the team in the judging, we took responsibility for reinforcing the credibility of the awards, as evidenced by the scale of last year’s event. These are ‘real’ awards – being judged and recognised by your peers is one of the strongest reinforcements anyone can receive.”

Matt Rooney, engineering policy Adviser at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “The Institution of Mechanical Engineers are delighted to maintain our partnership with The Manufacturer MX Awards, which recognise excellence across UK manufacturing.

“Manufacturing is one of the major drivers of our economy and in order to remain so, the sector will need to adapt to a fast-changing technological landscape. Companies that nominate themselves for The Manufacturer MX Awards benefit from free benchmarking and professional advice based on an audit of their business.

“This assists them to drive continual improvement to enable them to thrive in competitive markets.”

The Manufacturer MX Awards 2018 are supported by headline sponsor Santander, judging partner High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and category sponsors Autodesk, Boyden, Dell Technologies and Sage.

Paul Brooks, UK Head of Manufacturing, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “Our commitment to UK manufacturing and the wider sector remains strong in 2018. Once again, we’re proud to be supporting these tremendous awards.

“The success of the manufacturing industry is fundamentally important to the UK economy and it’s incredibly rewarding to see such diversity and innovation in those companies who have made the shortlist. We wish them all good luck and look forward to celebrating with them in November at the awards.”

Digital Manufacturing Week

The Manufacturer MX Awards are part of Digital Manufacturing Week – the UK’s largest showcase of industrial technologies, innovation and individual excellence.

It is made up of a series of interlocking events: