Who will win this year’s UK Manufacturing in Action Award?

Posted on 4 Sep 2018 by Jonny Williamson

The shortlist has been announced for the coveted ‘Manufacturing in Action’ category, as part of this year’s The Manufacturer MX Awards.

The 2017 winners of the Manufacturing in Action award, IMI Precision - image courtesy of The Manufacturer.
The 2017 winners of the Manufacturing in Action award, IMI Precision – image courtesy of The Manufacturer.

The companies shortlisted for this years’ Manufacturing in Action award are sites members of The Manufacturer team (predominantly on the Editorial side) have personally visited over the past 12 months.

Drawn from our first-hand experiences, the shortlist comprises those who we feel exemplify the best characteristics of future-facing, progressive businesses, and in some cases were too shy to nominate themselves.

The Manufacturing in Action category is part of The Manufacturer MX Awards, which 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 performances across 11 manufacturing categories – from ‘Innovation & Design’ and ‘Supply Chain Excellence’, to ‘Leadership & Strategy’ and ‘People & Skills’.

Many of the categories involve a detailed investigation of each entrant’s written nomination by groups of judges who visit each factory in turn to inspect processes and interview management and members of the wider workforce.

The Manufacturer MX Awards 2018 – Manufacturing in Action shortlist:

  • Accolade Wines
  • British Rototherm
  • Lintott Control Systems Limited
  • MBDA
  • PP Control & Automation
  • Renishaw

Click here to see this year’s shortlist for the other 10 categories.

Previous winners of the Manufacturing in Action award include: IMI Precision (2017), McLaren Automotive (2016 and 2015), and Grainger and Worrall (2014).

This year’s winners will be announced at a  black tie gala dinner on 15 November at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Last year was a sell-out so those who want to join the party must book early to be part of the biggest celebration in the UK manufacturing calendar.

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: