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

29 September 2011

Parker Hannifin Manufacturing's Birtley site named Britain’s best factory

Parker Hannifin Manufacturing's Birtley factory has been crowned the UK's top manufacturing site at the Best Factory Awards 2011.

The filtration solutions manufacturer was praised for impressive workforce development and consistent achievement of corporate goals.

The site whose filters are used to combat microbes in yoghurt and fight hospital infections has smashed sales targets by over five times original targets, the BFAs heard.

Productivity is up 11% on 2009 and customer service levels stand at nearly 95%.

Success has been credited to a 'Win strategy' that targets employees on three key goals: customer service, financial performance and profitable growth.

Max Gosney, WM Editor said: "Parker Hannifin Manufacturing's Birtley site is a shining example of outstanding manufacturing best practice. The plant has reaped the rewards of uniting its people behind a considered corporate strategy. Congratulations to all the team on this outstanding achievement."

The Parker Hannifin Manufacturing team picked up the prize at a packed BFA Awards ceremony in London this afternoon.

This afternoon's 2011 BFA winners A-Z:

Aimia Foods
Winner: Best SME
Winner: Skills Development
Winner: Most Improved Plant
Highly Commended (HC): Best Household & General Products Plant

Arla Foods
HC: Judges' Special Award

Barfoots of Botley
Winner: Energy & Environment

Camfil Farr
Winner: Best Engineering Plant
HC: Health & Safety
HC: Energy & Environment

Winner: Supply Chain
HC: Best Electronics & Electrical

Carl Zeiss MTS
Winner: Best Electronics & Electrical Plant
Winner: People Management
Winner: Health & Safety

HC: Judges' Special Award

Winner: Innovation
HC: Best Household & General Products Plant

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems
Winner: Best Process Plant

HC: Judges' Special Award

H C Starck
Winner: Judges' Special Award
HC: Health & Safety

Brüel & Kjaer VTS
HC: Best Electronics & Electrical Plant

Parker Hannifin
Winner: Factory of the Year 2011
Winner: Best Household & General Products Plant

Robert Bion & Co
HC: Judges' Special Award

Max Gosney

Aimia Foods Ltd
Arla Foods UK plc
Barfoots of Botley Ltd
Bruel & Kjaer VTS Ltd
Camfil Farr Ltd
CareFusion Ltd
Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Ltd
Gurit UK
HC Starck Ltd
Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd
Robert Bion & Co 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 ...

Best Factory Awards 2011

Carl Zeiss NTS and Aimia Foods have both recorded a ...

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 ...