Best Factory Award 2015 winners revealed

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The winners of the Best Factory Awards (BFAs) 2015 have been revealed.

Siemens Magnet Technology, Eynsham, which makes the ultra-light magnet at the heart of a revolutionary MRI scanner, took the coveted overall Toyota Material Handling Factory of the Year prize.

Siemens Magnet Technology also scooped the People & Skills Development Award and Best Engineering Plant Award at the BFAs run by Cranfield School of Management in partnership with Works Management.

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs; Siemens Digital Factory, Congleton; and 3M UK, Newton Aycliffe scooped the other three main sector awards of Best Process Plant, Best Electronics & Electrical Plant and Best Household & General Products Plant, respectively.

In the category prizes, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs was winner of the Export Award. Vaillant Industrial UK, Belper took the Energy & Environment and Most Improved Plant Awards, Tharsus Group, Blyth was named Best SME and Plastek UK, Mansfield won the Judges’ Special Award.

Leyland Trucks, Leyland was crowned Supply Chain champion, Arla Foods, Aylesbury won the Innovation Award, and Diageo, Leven scooped the Health & Safety Award.

There were also Highly Commended wins for CP Electronics, London; Vaillant Industrial UK, Belper; Kohler Mira, Cheltenham; Heraeus Electro-Nite, Chesterfield; Diageo, Leven; Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs, and The Hut Group, Myprotein Warrington.

Dr Marek Szwejczewski, director of the Best Factory Awards, commented: “We read a lot about the poor performance of UK manufacturing, especially the productivity gap. However, a visit to this year’s Best Factory Award winners quickly eradicates such misconceptions about the state of UK manufacturing.

“The best plants have been continuously improving in terms of delivery, quality, and importantly productivity... The Best Factory Award winners provide the benchmark of manufacturing excellence and we are very proud to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements.”

Max Gosney, Works Management (WM) group editor, said: “There have been some fantastic memories made over the past 11 years [since WM first got involved] on the BFAs. What has struck me most has been your passion... Your heart-on-your-sleeves, love-what-you-do attitude is inspirational.”

The Best Factory Awards took place at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue and attracted an audience of around 250 manufacturing leaders.

See the full list of BFA winners below:

2015 Best Factory Award winners

1) Factory of the Year 2015

Winner: Siemens Magnet Technology, Eynsham

Sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK

2) Best Process Plant

Winner: Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs

3) Best Engineering Plant

Winner: Siemens Magnet Technology, Eynsham

Highly Commended: Vaillant Industrial UK, Belper

4) Best Electronics & Electrical Plant

Winner: Siemens Digital Factory, Congleton

5) Best Household & General Products Plant

Winner: 3M UK, Newton Aycliffe

6) Best SME

Winner: Tharsus Group, Blyth

7) People & Skills Development Award

Winner: Siemens Magnet Technology, Eynsham

8) Export Award

Winner: Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs

Highly Commended: Diageo, Leven

9) Supply Chain Award

Winner: Leyland Trucks, Leyland

Highly Commended: Kohler Mira, Cheltenham

Sponsored by Buck & Hickman

10) Most Improved Plant

Winner: Vaillant Industrial UK, Belper

Sponsored by Brammer

11) Health & Safety Award

Winner: Diageo, Leven

Highly Commended: Heraeus Electro-Nite, Chesterfield

Sponsored by IOSH

12) Innovation Award

Winner: Arla Foods, Aylesbury

Highly Commended: Kohler Mira, Cheltenham

13) Energy & Environment Award

Winner: Vaillant Industrial UK, Belper

Sponsored by Atlas Copco

14) Judges' Special Award

Winner: Plastek UK, Mansfield

Highly Commended: CP Electronics, London

Highly Commended: The Hut Group, Myprotein, Warrington