Best Factory Awards Countdown
Best Factory Awards 2012
BFA Entry Date: 16/04/2012
Add Comments

29 September 2011

Carl Zeiss NTS and Aimia Foods score Best Factory Award hat tricks

Carl Zeiss NTS and Aimia Foods have both recorded a hat-trick of award wins at the Best Factory Awards 2011.

Aimia Foods, the vending machine products manufacturer, scooped the Most Improved Plant, Best SME and Skills Development Awards for its St Helens site.

Carl Zeiss's Cambridge plant celebrated the Best Electronics & Electrical plant, People Management and Health & Safety Awards.

The two companies picked up the prizes at a stellar awards ceremony attended by 350 industry leaders at the Park Lane Hotel in London this afternoon.

Aimia won praise in the Most Improved Plant award for its on-time, in-full delivery rate of nearly 97%.

The St Helens site was also praised for innovative product development in the Best SME category.

Standout successes include manufacturing the UK's first organic, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified vending machine coffee.

Carl Zeiss NTS secured the Health & Safety award thanks to the Cambridge factory's five-year run without a single reportable accident despite operating potentially hazardous equipment.

The company's nanotechnology products include an electron microscope being used to search for cures for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

The Judges praised a strong training ethic at the Cambridge site: "There is a commitment to training and education for all the employees and a management team working on getting everybody actively involved in improving the business, not just in manufacturing but in other areas too."

Max Gosney


Aimia Foods Ltd
Carl Zeiss NTS Ltd

Do you have any comments about this article?

Add your comments




Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published.
Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.



Related Articles


Best Factory Awards 2012 open

The race to find the UK's top manufacturing site is on as ...

UK top factory named

Parker Hannifin Manufacturing's Birtley factory has been ...

BFA finalists

The 14 manufacturers who will fight for silverware at the ...

Winners' Stories

Camfil Farr

Few factories can produce standard and non-standard ...

Carl Zeiss NTS

With the UK moving towards an economy based on high value ...


Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems at Broadstairs turned a ...


How to enter the Awards

A single entry form in the format of a self-administered ...

Award Categories

Awards are made in a wide range of categories as follows:

The aim of the Awards

Since 1992 more than 1600 manufacturing plants have taken ...

Sponsor Interviews

The pursuit of excellence

Toyota Material Handling UK is a firm believer in the Best ...