02 October 2013

Best Factory Award winners revealed

The winners of the Best Factory Awards (BFAs) 2013 have been revealed.

Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed which makes specialist broadcast camera systems took the coveted overall Toyota Material Handling Factory of the Year prize.

Sony also scooped the Innovation Award and Best Electronics & Electrical Plant Award at the BFAs run by Cranfield School of Management in partnership with Works Management.

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Bosch Thermotechnology and Milliken European Airbag Products scooped the other three main sector awards of Best Process Plant, Best Engineering Plant and Best Household & General Products Plant, respectively.

In the category prizes, Cummins Power Generation, Ramsgate became the inaugural winner of the new Export Award. Eaton Production International, Worksop took the Energy & Environment Award. Tharsus Group, Blyth was named Best SME and Tata Global Beverages, Eaglescliffe won the Judges' Special Award.
Siemens Industry Motion Control, Congleton was crowned People & Skills Development champion and Bosch also scooped the Health & Safety Award.

There were also Highly Commended wins for DS Smith Packaging, Livingston; Vi-Spring, Ernesettle; Autoglym, Letchworth; Herman Miller, Chippenham; and EMS Radio Fire & Security Systems, Herne Bay.

Dr Marek Szwejczewski, director of the Best Factory Awards, commented: "Our awards aim to recognise and reward those factories that have quietly and consistently improved their operations and created world-class plants. One of the encouraging trends that can be seen among this year's winners is that manufacturing is coming home.

"Several of the plants have been able to attract production to the UK by offering competitive labour costs and improved flexibility by compressing lead times, reducing set-up times and developing multi-skilled workers. This has given Britain's best factories a competitive edge compared to competitors in other countries."

Max Gosney, Works Management (WM) editor said: "From cam switches to tea bags, the diversity of our winners proves you don't have to be making something advanced to thrive as a manufacturer in the UK.

"The true brilliance of our Best Factory stars is not in the technological prowess of what rolls off their factory floor, but in the enduring power of their ideals: innovative processes, outstanding product quality, inspiring people management and an unyielding desire to exceed all customer expectations."

The Best Factory Awards took place at London's 8 Northumberland Avenue and attracted an audience of over 300 manufacturing leaders.

See the full list of BFA winners below:

2013 Best Factory Award winners

1)Factory of the Year 2013

Winner: Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed

Sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK

2)Best Process Plant

Winner: Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs

Sponsored by Schaeffler

3)Best Engineering Plant

Winner: Bosch Thermotechnology, Worcester

Sponsored by PEME

4)Best Electronics & Electrical Plant

Winner: Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed

Highly Commended: Eaton Production International, Worksop
Highly Commended: Siemens Industry Motion Control, Congleton

Sponsored by: PP Electrical Systems

5)Best Household & General Products Plant

Winner: Milliken European Airbag Products, Bury

Highly Commended: DS Smith Packaging, Livingston
Highly Commended: Tata Global Beverages, Eaglescliffe

Sponsored by QiSoft

6)Best SME

Winner: Tharsus Group, Blyth

Highly Commended: EMS Radio Fire & Security Systems, Herne Bay

Sponsored by Lloyds Bank

7)People Management & Skills Development Award

Winner: Siemens Industry Motion Control, Congleton

Highly Commended: Tata Global Beverages, Eaglescliffe

Sponsored by EAL

8)Export Award

Winner: Cummins Power Generation, Ramsgate

Highly Commended: Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs

9)Supply Chain Award

Winner: Milliken European Airbag Products, Bury

Highly Commended: DS Smith Packaging, Livingston

10)Most Improved Plant

Winner: Cummins Power Generation UK

Highly Commended: Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs

Sponsored by S A Partners

11)Health & Safety Award

Winner: Bosch Thermotechnology, Worcester

Highly Commended: EMS Radio Fire & Security Systems, Herne Bay

Sponsored by IOSH

12)Innovation Award

Winner: Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed

Highly Commended: Bosch Thermotechnology, Worcester

Sponsored by Epicor

13)Energy & Environment Award

Winner: Eaton Production International, Worksop

Highly Commended: Sony UK Technology Centre, Pencoed
Highly Commended: Bosch Thermotechnology, Worcester

14)Judges' Special Award

Winner: Tata Global Beverages, Eaglescliffe

Highly Commended: Herman Miller, Chippenham
Highly Commended: Autoglym, Letchworth
Highly Commended: Vi-Spring, Chippenham

Author
Max Gosney

Supporting Information

Companies
Cranfield School of Management
EAL
Epicor Software (UK) Ltd
IOSH
Lloyds Bank
PEME
PP Electrical Systems Ltd
QiSOFT Ltd UK
SA Partners
Schaeffler (UK) Ltd
Toyota Material Handling UK Ltd

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