Shortlist announced for The Manufacturer MX Awards (TMMX Awards)

The Manufacturer has revealed the shortlisted businesses for its prestigious The Manufacturer MX Awards.


The competition has been exceptionally tough this year, with a 23% increase in the number of entries compared to last year’s programme.


Entrants will now undergo the most rigorous judging process of any industry awards in the UK.


Companies shortlisted in nine of this year’s categories will receive a site visit assessment in September, where judges will witness the entrant’s manufacturing processes in action and carefully evaluate their findings against the criteria.


The remaining three categories will be judged at the IMechE in London on September 21, where finalists will present to a panel of industry experts. The demonstrations will be followed by an intense 30-minute question and answer session.


The process will conclude at The Manufacturer MX Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, at The Vox in Birmingham on November 2. Here, manufacturing leaders and the wider industrial community will come together to celebrate the award winners. This is the biggest annual celebration in the industry’s calendar and attracted almost 1,000 attendees in previous years.


Past winners range from SMEs to OEMs and have come from a diverse range of industries, for example: Lambert Engineering (The Manufacturer of the Year, 2015), Xtrac Ltd (The Manufacturer of the Year, 2014), Vaillant Group (Sustainable Manufacturing, 2014) and Sheffield Forgemasters International (Leadership and Strategy, 2013).


Nick Hussey, CEO of the Hennik Group, organisers of TMMX Awards said:


“We are delighted to present such a robust shortlist of wonderful manufacturing businesses. In several categories, entries are double those of 2015, and the total number of companies entering is up by almost 25%, with many companies entering multiple categories. To me, this demonstrates the breadth of their all-round manufacturing excellence.


All the shortlisted companies should be extremely proud that they have been selected against so much strong competition. The entry and shortlisting process is far more rigorous and evidence-based than any other industry awards programme and making it to the finals is a huge achievement. I’m looking forward to the site visits and meeting the individuals behind these extraordinary companies. I also look forward to seeing you all, and celebrating your success, at The Manufacturer MX Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 2 November.”


Philippa Oldham, Head of Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said:

“The Manufacturer MX Awards not only celebrate the best in UK manufacturing, but taking part gives companies the opportunity to receive valuable advice, free of charge, from world class experts. Finalists and winners then receive a detailed and confidential business report written by the University of Durham. In a time of fierce competition in business, the feedback provided through the Manufacturing Excellence Awards could make the difference between a company’s success and failure.


“The judging panel is made up of over 30 highly experienced manufacturing experts and the rigorous process involves desk based judging, factory site visits and in interviews with the panel. This enables the judges to ensure that we are identifying the very best of UK industry.”


Richard Hill, ‎Head of Manufacturing & Automotive Sector, NatWest, headline sponsor of TMMX Awards commented: “We’re once again delighted to be supporting the MX Awards, and celebrating our 10th year of working with The Manufacturer to showcase some outstanding achievements in the industry. The awards are a great demonstration of the expertise, innovation and diverse range of specialisms that make up the UK manufacturing sector.


NatWest has been supporting UK manufacturers for over 200 years. And has teams across the UK dedicated to providing specialist local advice to help businesses succeed with their ambitions. I’d like to wish all companies the best of luck and congratulate them for their contribution to the sector.”


Apprentice of the Year

  • Josh Sloan, Coca-Cola European Partners.
  • Hayden Dormer, Hayward Tyler Group Ltd.
  • Kieron Simpson Smurfit Kappa.
  • Andrew Batsford, STADCO Ltd.
  • Reece Vann, The Autins Group.
  • Rishi Chohan, The MTC – Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre.


Customer Focus

  • Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company.
  • Coty Manufacturing UK Ltd.
  • McLaren Automotive.
  • Natures Way Foods.
  • The Autins Group.
  • The Sash Window Workshop.


Innovation & Design

  • Craftsman Tools Ltd
  • Drallim Industries Ltd
  • Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd (ETI Ltd)
  • McLaren Automotive.
  • Xaar PLC.




Leadership and Strategy

  • adi Group.
  • ARDEX (UK) Ltd.
  • Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company.
  • Coty Manufacturing UK Ltd.
  • Hayward Tyler Group Ltd.
  • Helipebs Controls Ltd.


Manufacturing in Action

  • Coca-Cola.
  • McLaren Automotive.
  • Vantage Power.


Partnership with Education

  • GE Aviation.
  • Leyland Trucks.
  • Penny Hydraulics Ltd.
  • The Autins Group.
  • The MTC – Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre.


People & Skills

  • Amtek Plastics UK Ltd.
  • CRP Ltd.
  • Dura Automotive.
  • Hayward Tyler Group Ltd.
  • Lander Automotive Ltd
  • Xaar PLC.


Smart Factory

  • NEW CATEGORY – to be announced shortly


Supply Chain Excellence

  • Building Adhesives Ltd.
  • Coty Manufacturing UK Ltd.
  • Excell Metal Spinning Ltd.
  • Lander Automotive Ltd.
  • STADCO Ltd.


Sustainable Manufacturing

  • Building Adhesives Ltd.
  • Caterpillar NI Ltd.
  • Coty Manufacturing UK Ltd.
  • Dura Automotive.
  • The Mereway Group of Companies.


Through Life Engineering

  • Building Adhesives Ltd.
  • Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems.
  • Loma Systems.
  • McLaren Automotive.
  • The Autins Group.
  • Warrior Doors.


World Class Manufacturing

  • Caterpillar NI Ltd.
  • Coty Manufacturing UK Ltd.
  • Dura Automotive.
  • Hayward Tyler Group Ltd.
  • ZF Lemforder UK Ltd.


Young Manufacturer of the Year

  • Emma Wilding, Jaguar Land Rover.
  • James Doughty, Jaguar Land Rover.
  • Katarzyna Liduk, The Autins Group.
  • Andrew Williams, Vaillant Ltd.
  • Justin Noble, Xaar PLC.
  • Martin Carrick, Xtrac Ltd.
  • Sarah Watkinson-Yulll, Yull Ltd.


This year’s ceremony and gala dinner is limited to 850 attendees and will sell out – to ensure your place at the event or for further information on the awards which will take place on November 2, Vox, (adjacent to NEC), Birmingham go to




Press Enquiries to:

TMMX Awards Team, Hennik Research, Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, London, SE1 7NQ.

E: [email protected] T: 020 7401 6033

About TMMX Awards:

With a combined heritage spanning four decades, The Manufacturer MX Awards was formed in 2015 by the merger of two of the industry’s existing awards programmes: The Manufacturer of the Year Awards, run by The Manufacturer and the Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


TMMX Awards is the biggest annual celebration in the industry’s calendar, attracting almost 1000 attendees. However, the awards are not just about the ceremony itself, they are the culmination of a rigorous programme designed to provide valuable business improvement advice and feedback from an expert panel of judges.


TMMX Awards 2016 ceremony and gala dinner takes place in November alongside The Manufacturer Top 100, The Manufacturer’s Annual Leaders Conference and The Manufacturer’s Smart Factory Expo as part of the TM Live series of events. @TMMXAwards

About The Manufacturer:

Published by Hennik Research Ltd, The Manufacturer is the leading industry resource for manufacturing news, features & analysis, research, and events. We pride ourselves on promoting the best practices, people, policy and businesses in both the UK and international manufacturing and engineering industries, and offer a range of products to ensure that the right information reaches the right person at the right time. @TheManufacturer

About the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE):

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) was established in 1847 and has some of the world’s greatest engineers in its history books. It is one of the fastest growing professional engineering institutions. Headquartered in London, we have operations around the world and over 113,000 members in more than 140 countries working at the heart of the most important and dynamic industries such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries. By working with leading companies, universities and think tanks, the Institution creates and shares knowledge to provide government, businesses and the public with fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering. @IMechE



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