9 June, 2008 – Two Northwest Manufacturers shortlisted for the business 'Oscars'
Two Manufacturers from the Nortwest have been shortlisted for the prestigious Institution of Mechanical Engineer's (IMechE) Manufacturing Excellence Awards. MBDA, defence company from Bolton and Leyland Trucks from Preston have been tipped for the award.
They are among 20 UK manufacturing finalists, competing against the likes of Rolls Royce and Perkins. Dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the business world, the Manufacturing Excellence Awards (MX) is a European best practice benchmarking awards scheme, offering all entrants up to £20,000 worth of performance improvement advice from a panel of industry experts.
MX judges from the Government’s Manufactory Advisory Service (MAS), PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Warwick Manufacturing Group and other leading experts will tour the country assessing the short-listed firms to select the final winners which will be announced on 26 June.
There are 13 ‘Oscars’ up for grabs including Product Innovation, Process Innovation, Best Finance Management, Best SME, Best Business Education Partnership and Sustainable Manufacturing. Past winners have included Rolls Royce, Ford, Land Rover and BAE Systems.
Lisa Kean, marketing support manager for MAS North West at The Manufacturing Institute, said: “We are delighted that Leyland Trucks and MBDA have made it through to the final. They are shining examples of manufacturing excellence – demonstrating efficiency, innovation and fantastic development of their people.
“The short-listed firms were chosen from 108 entrants and the quality of these finalists demonstrates the success of UK manufacturing – underlining the fact that it is transforming and innovating to survive and thrive in the current competitive climate.’’
Finalists for the awards will be invited to a glittering awards ceremony on 26 June 2008 at The Dorchester in London where the winners will be unveiled.
Source: The Manufacturing Institute