A record-breaking crowd of 1,000 people witnessed Xtrac crowned as The Manufacturer of the Year 2014 at the annual awards in Birmingham last night (Thursday).
Xtrac, which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary, employs approximately 270 staff at its 88,000 sq ft factory in Thatcham, Berkshire and is recognised as a world leader in the design and manufacture of transmission systems for motorsport, transportation, defence and marine.
The prestigious top prize is given to a category winner which the judging panel believed to be the best all-round ambassador for competitive manufacturing in the UK and a role model for peers in the industry.
The runner up for The Manufacturer of the Year 2014 was Coty Inc, which produces beauty products and is based in Ashford.
The awards ceremony, organised by The Manufacturer magazine and hosted at The ICC in Birmingham, attracted 1,000 guests from manufacturing companies and supporting organisations, a record crowd for the event.
In addition to the winner and runner up of the overall award, 11 other category winners were also decided on the night from an extensive shortlist which showcased the best in British industry.
Category winners for The Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2014 were:
Leadership and Strategy: Xtrac
Sustainable Manufacturing: Vaillant Group
People and Skills: Ginsters (a division of Samworth Brothers)
Innovation and Design: Pryor Marking Technology
Exporter of the Year: Rayovac MicroPower Division, Spectrum Brands (UK)
Manufacturing in Action: Grainger and Worrall (winner), Worcester Bosch (highly commended)
World Class Manufacturing: Philips AVENT
Through-life Engineering Services: ENER-G Combined Power
Supply Chain Excellence: Selex ES
ICT in Manufacturing: Burts Potato Chips
Small Sized Enterprise of the Year: Burts Potato Chips
Medium Sized Enterprise of the Year: Xtrac
Young Manufacturer of the Year: Campbell Ferguson, Spirit AeroSystems (winner), Austin Cook, BAE Systems (highly commended)
Apprentice of the Year: Rebecca Davies, MBDA UK
Richard Hill, Head of Automotive and Manufacturing at RBS, the headline sponsor for the event, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our support for The Manufacturer of The Year Awards and congratulate Xtrac on its success.
“The awards ceremony is an incredible reflection of the diversity, innovation and expertise that British manufacturing has to show.”