Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 Best Factory Awards (BFAs) which took place on 14 October at the National Motorcycle Museum and Conference Centre in Birmingham,attracting an audience of over 200 manufacturing leaders.
Cranfield School of Management’s BFA programme, now in its 25th year, has seen a change in the emphasis of UK manufacturing and reviewing this year’s winners, we can see that they share several common traits: they have a clear strategy; they are customer focused and they have a strong improvement ethos.
Brose Limited, Coventry, which is a manufacturer of automotive parts, including car seat frames and window regulators, took the coveted overall Toyota Material Handling UK Factory of the Year prize. Brose also scooped the Best Engineering Plant Award, which was sponsored by Siemens Healthineers.
Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Domino Printing Sciences and COTY Inc collected the other three main industry sector awards of Best Process Plant, Best Electronics and Electrical Plant, and the Best Household and General Plant Awards,respectively. Fujifilm also secured the Continuous Improvement Award.
In the category prizes, Analox Limited, Stokeley won the Best SME Award and Coveris,Boston took the Energy and Environment Award. Entek International Limited,Killingworth was named the Most Improved Plant and Diageo International Supply Centre – Leven Packaging, Leven collected the Health and Safety Award.
Arla Foods, Aylesbury was crowned the Supply Chain Award champion and 3M UK Plc,Newton Aycliffe won the People and Skills Development Award.
SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company, Newport collected two Awards at the ceremony– Export and Innovation Award (the latter sponsored by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult).
There were also Highly Commended wins for Lear Corporation – Sunderland JIT Plant,Houghton-le-Spring; Balmoral Tanks Limited, Llantrisant; Kohler Mira Hull,Melton; and Herman Miller Limited, Melksham.
Congratulation to all our winners, and a big thank you to our Awards’ Sponsors, for supporting manufacturing excellence.
As part of our philosophy of sharing best practice and encouraging continuous improvement within the UK manufacturing industry, we hold a Best Factory Conference each year as a forum for Best Factory winners to share their stories. This year the Conference will take place on the 26 - 27 April 2017 at the Oxford Belfry,with the second day featuring a factory tour of Siemens Magnet Technology, the Best Factory of the Year 2015. We do hope that you will be able to attend - further information can be found on our website: www.bestfactoryconference.co.uk.