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HELP US CELEBRATE THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THE GREAT INTO BRITISH MANUFACTURING

The winners for the Manufacturing Champions Awards 2016 have been announced

At a gala lunch on 8th December 2016, presented by Max Gosney, Works Management group editor, and broadcaster and engineer, Steph McGovern, ten categories were awarded, celebrating the best of UK manufacturing best practice.

The Manufacturing Champions Awards aim to shine a light on the men and women whose pride and professionalism helps British factories take on the world.

Winners demonstrated outstanding performance, innovation, teamwork and a track record in adding value to customers.

Manufacturing Champions also aims to showcase the exciting and dynamic career opportunities on offer in UK manufacturing and challenge the myth of manufacturing as a career backwater.

2016 Winners:

RISING STAR: APPRENTICE/TRAINEE – Lee Suter, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

RISING STAR: MANAGER/TECHNICIAN – Hannah Ridley, TSP Engineering

MAINTENANCE TEAM – Lean RCM Team, Viridor

SAFE WORKPLACE CHAMPION – Michael Vernall, A Schulman Inc.

SKILLS CHAMPION – Paul Gemmell, BAE Systems Naval Ships

UNSUNG HERO – Stephanus (Fanie) Blignaut, PEME

EMPLOYEE-LED INNOVATION – Chris Hawes, Siemens Magnet Technology

COMMUNITY CHAMPION – Gary Burgess, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

MANUFACTURING LEADER – John Coughlan, TSP Engineering

MANUFACTURING TEAM – Strip & Clean Optimisation Team, Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK)


Finbarr Dowling, Siemens “This is exactly what we need in manufacturing – to celebrate the unsung heroes behind factory success.”
Finbarr Dowling, project manager, Siemens wind turbine manufacturing plant, Hull

Trevor Newman, Coca-Cola "I personally got to meet some outstanding and humble people with some great learnings, which I have been able to apply in my factory."
Trevor Newman, supply chain operations director, Coca-Cola

Kirsty Wainwright, Parsons Peebles "Winning the Manufacturing Leader award at The Manufacturing Champions Awards has been one of the greatest achievements of my career. The calibre of people I shared the shortlist with was in itself rewarding.”
Kirsty Wainwright, CI lead, Parsons Peebles, Rosyth

Colin Boughton, Fujifilm “The manufacturing sector is not good at ‘banging its own drum’, as those engaged in it are invariably too busy. The Manufacturing Champions steps in and does the job for us.”
Colin Boughton, European operations director, Fujifilm