Brammer celebrates UK manufacturing excellence

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Maintenance, repair and overhaul specialist, Brammer has marked the best of British manufacturing at its 2013 Manufacturing Forum and Awards in Manchester.

Manufacturing winners included Pepsico, Royal Mint and Siemens at the Brammer Awards, which recognise market leading MRO standards. Siemens scooped the Buck & Hickman Supplier Relationship Award for an intiative that helped reduce the number of suppliers to Siemens UK businesses from 692 to 300. Tata Steel was Highly Commended in the category. The Royal Mint won the Reduced Working Capital through Inventory Management accolade after working with Brammer and its workforce to standardise the use of protective gloves on site. The intiative saved over £20,000 and has fueled improvements in factory safety standards, the Brammer Awards heard. Ian Ritchie, MD of Brammer UK said: "The awards recognise those who have achieved outstanding results and it is wonderful to see so many companies of all sizes and in a broad range of sectors continuing to demonstrate best practice." He added: "The judging process was, as always, very tough, with entries of a very high standard, leading us to create for the first time a 'highly commended' award. Our congratulations go to all the winners and highly commended entries." The Brammer Forum was held in the Concorde Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport and featured a speaker line-up providing best practice, innovation and continuous improvement in maintenance spares procurement and management. The keynote address was given by Will Butler-Adams, MD of Brompton Bicycle Co, which designs and produces more than 30,000 folding bikes each year from its UK factory. Other presentations were given by representatives from companies including the Royal Mint, Siemens, Diageo and EDF, who shared their own experiences and successes in the areas of vendor consolidation and best practice in supply chain management. The full Brammer and Buck & Hickman Award winners: • Brammer - Improved Production Efficiency: Pepsico • Brammer - Reduced Working Capital through Inventory Management: Royal Mint (Highly commended: Ball Packaging) • Brammer - Reduced Total Acquisition Costs: Lynemouth Power • Buck & Hickman - Improved Production Efficiency: Royal Mail • Buck & Hickman - Reduced Total Acquistion Costs: Npower (Highly commended: Rolls Royce and Siemens) • Buck & Hickman - Supplier Relationship Award: Siemens (Highly commended: Tata Steel)