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The Best Factory Conference
3-4 March 2009
Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club,
The Awards
"It was a bonus to be short listed and have a day with the Cranfield and Works Management judges at the factory. The award apart, their judging time and the benchmarking report would have cost at least £10K on a consultancy basis! Getting to the final was a real morale boost."
Alan McLenaghan
Site director,
Saint Gobain Glass UK.
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Finalists announced for 2008 Best Factory Awards
Cranfield School of Management and Works Management magazine are delighted to announce which British factories have been short-listed for the 2008 Best Factory Awards.

The award programme is run by Cranfield School of Management in partnership with Works Management and the winning companies will be named at an award ceremony in London on 19 September.

Among the contenders for the prestigious Barclays Factory of the Year Award are plants producing goods as diverse as flat glass, aircraft landing gears and chewing gum.

Of the 14 companies that have been short-listed, four are previous winners. Awards director Dr Marek Szwejczewski said the scheme aimed to reward manufacturing excellence in the UK and share best practice.

“The awards are intended to bring together the best manufacturers in the business to share best practice and to celebrate their achievements. All of those short-listed have demonstrated how a dedicated approach to continuous improvement and innovation can deliver superior results.”

The short-list of 14 plants is:

Aimia Foods, Haydock, Merseyside: The plant operates extensive co-packing and outsourcing facilities for the vending and food service industries and is an independent specialist in hot and cold drinks.

APPH Runcorn Landing Gears, Runcorn: The plant produces hydraulic systems for the aerospace industry and specifically aircraft landing gears.

Bakkavor Pizza, Spalding, Lincs: The site produces state-of-the-art pizza bases and pizzas.

Gates Power Transmission, Dumfries: The plant manufactures synchronous timing belts and components for both the Automotive and Industrial markets.

InterfaceFLOR, Halifax, West Yorkshire: The plant produces environmentally-responsible modular floor coverings and other textiles.

Kodak Ltd GCG, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire: The site manufactures single layer, thermal digital plates used by printers in the Graphic Communications Group (GCG) providing products primarily for Europe and the Greater Asia Region.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd, Cramlington, Northumberland: The plant manufactures and packages a wide range of innovative pharmaceutical products.

Plexus Corp (UK) Limited, Kelso, Roxburghshire: The plant manufactures complex, high-tech products. It operates in a variety of markets including wireless infrastructure, medical, industrial, commercial, defence, security and aerospace.

Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd, Walsall: The plant manufactures electrical and electronic assemblies to a diverse range of industrial markets.

Saint Gobain Glass UK, Eggborough, East Riding of Yorkshire: The plant manufactures flat glass for the construction industry, including float, coated and laminated glass products.

Siemens Traffic Controls, Poole: The plant manufactures a wide portfolio of products that includes intersection and pedestrian controllers, intelligent urban traffic control systems, variable message signs, public transport and car park guidance systems.

Skymark Performance Films Ltd, Scunthorpe, North Lincs: The plant specialises in the production of hygienic, breathable and bespoke packaging films and co-extruded films.

The Wrigley Company, Plymouth, Devon: The plant produces a variety of Wrigley brands that provide consumers with a variety of benefits, including breath freshening and tooth whitening.

Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, Worcester: The plant provides machine tools and sophisticated manufacturing systems to customers in more than 30 countries throughout Europe.

In total there are 12 awards: Best Process Plant Award sponsored by the Institution of Plant Engineers; Best Engineering Plant Award; Best Electronics and Electrical Plant Award; Best Household and General Products Plant Award sponsored by DAK Consulting; Best Small Company Award sponsored by Grant Thornton; People Management Award; Skills Development Award sponsored by the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing; Supply Chain Award sponsored by Toyota Material Handling; Most Improved Plant Award sponsored by TBM Consulting Group; Health & Safety Award sponsored by Unite the Union; Energy/Environment Award sponsored by Siemens; and Innovation Award sponsored by Autodesk.

There is also a Judges’ Special Award, and the overall winner receives the coveted Barclays Factory of the Year award.

All entrants receive a free benchmarking report to help them measure themselves against their competitors, and to help them improve and innovate.

The winners will be announced at the awards lunch that takes place on 19 September at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, Hyde Park, London.

To attend the event, call Kerry Wilkins on 01322 221144.