2016 Best Factory Award winners announced

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The winners of the 2016 Best Factory Awards (BFAs) have been announced.

Coventry-based automotive supplier Brose UK won the top prize, being named Toyota Material Handling Factory of the Year. The factory also won the Best Engineering Plant award at the event, which is run by Cranfield University.

Other big winners on the day included Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs, and SPTS Technologies, Newport, which each won two categories. Fujifilm were awarded Best Process Plant and the Continuous Improvement Award, while SPTS won the Export Award and the Innovation Award.

Arla Foods’ site in Aylesbury was given the Supply Chain Award, and 3M UK were rewarded with the People & Skills Development Award.

Diageo’s International Supply Centre in Fife won the Health & Safety Award, and packaging manufacturer Coveris were given the Energy & Environmental Award.

The Most Improved Plant Award went to Entek International Ltd, Newcastle, while four Highly Commended Awards were handed out to Balmoral Tanks, Herman Miller Ltd, shower manufacturer Kohler Mira and Lear Corporation in Sunderland.

The event was hosted by TV presenter Louise Minchin, who was joined on stage by Sir Peter Gregson, vice-chancellor of Cranfield University.