Alastair Campbell crowns top manufacturers at Brammer awards

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Alastair Campbell has helped crown some of the UK's top manufacturers at a Brammer awards event at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, near Telford.

Campbell, Tony Blair's former communications chief, hosted the awards, which celebrate sustainability and the role of product and service advances in improving performance. Unilever scooped the Sustainable Manufacturing award with Rio Tinto Alcan taking the Reduced Maintenance Category. Other winners included TATA Steel for Increased Production Uptime, Michelin for Business Process Improvement and Festo for Supplier Management. Ian Ritchie, MD of Brammer UK said: "We congratulate all the finalists and especially the winners who have demonstrated significant proactivity and innovation, working with Brammer and our strategic supply partners to improve their manufacturing operations." The awards event was preceded by Brammer's Manufacturing Forum, which included a keynote address from the EEF on manufacturing in the post-recession economy. Seminars also included a briefing on operational excellence by Alan France of Idhammer Systems and key learning's from Tesco's supply chain by Keivan Zokaei of Warwick University.