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Manufacturing Champions Awards Sponsors

The Manufacturing Champions Awards are proudly held in association with the following sponsors:

Sponsor - Arco


Arco is the UK's leading safety company, distributing quality products and training. It provides expert advice helping to shape the safety world and make work a safer place. Founded in 1884 and with a heritage spanning four generations, Arco integrates traditional family values with pioneering innovation to offer a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products

Arco's experts work closely with the manufacturing industry so it's fantastic to be a key sponsor of the Works Management Manufacturing Champions Awards 2014.

Health and safety is everyone's responsibility. However, some individuals embrace it more than others and encourage health and safety engagement in their organisations. The Safe Workplace Champion Award will recognise these individuals and ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.


Sponsor - Brammer


The UK’s leading distributor of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products, Brammer offers added value services to help reduce working capital, improve production efficiency and reduce total acquisition cost including industrial vending service Invend™ and Insite™ – effectively a Brammer branch within a customer’s site.

The company has an extensive portfolio of more than five million products and with sale and service centres nationwide.


Sponsor - Buck & Hickman

Buck & Hickman

With over 180 years’ experience, Buck & Hickman is the UK’s leading supplier of specialist tools, general maintenance and health & safety products.

This rich heritage enables Buck & Hickman to use its considerable industry knowledge to add value at every touch. Its range of over 60,000 products includes leading hand tools, power tools, PPE and consumables, as well as Roebuck and Q-Safe brands, both available exclusively from Buck & Hickman.


Sponsor - FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems

FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems

FUJIFILM Speciality Ink Systems develops inkjet systems for wide format applications, for distribution through Fujifilm sales channels worldwide. UV inkjet inks are also developed and supplied to industrial and wide format OEMs directly

The research and development team, supported by the manufacturing operation, work together to optimise product performance, exploiting their unmatched understanding of ink chemistry, print applications, media, printheads and UV curing.

Inkjet ink production at FSIS is carried out in a process controlled, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. This recognises the equal importance of both the ink formulation and the production process, and provides controls over every aspect of manufacture to ensure consistency.

FSIS is headquartered in Broadstairs, Kent employing 320 people on a 4.5 hectare site incorporating high-tech manufacturing and research and development facilities.


Sponsor - SONY UK

Sony UK Technology Centre has been a supporter of the Manufacturing Champions Awards Scheme for some time. It presents a real opportunity to realise and share the incredible achievements, the talent, and the capability that UK manufacturing has to offer.

We are delighted to sponsor the Employee-Led Innovation Award. Innovation is key to everything we do at our Sony UK Technology Centre and we are proud of our 100% innovation participation rate across our site.

Sony UK Technology Centre is a division of Sony Europe. The facility is a centre of excellence which houses a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Pencoed, South Wales.

The heart of today's operation is centred on the manufacturing of high-technology and high definition broadcast and professional cameras and camera systems. These can be found in sports stadia, studios and outside broadcast units around the world, at events such as the Olympic Games and World Cup.


Sponsor - Swinton Business Insurance

At Swinton we’ve been arranging business insurance for over 10 year, and our experience tells us that no two businesses are exactly the same - even those in the same sector may have different cover requirements.

We understand that manufacturing relies heavily on lean processes and keeping downtime to a minimum. We also know that factors such as a damaged machine, staff absence, or a major incident such as a flood can be disastrous for your bottom line.

We’ll work with you from the shop floor to the boardroom to highlight where the greatest risks are so, should the worst happen, you’ll be covered for those things that will have the greatest impact.