West Midlands companies were among the successes at the final of the Manufacturing Excellence Awards, the industry Oscars.
Sutton Coldfield garden hose firm Hozelock won the Customer Focus Award.
Solihull-based ZF Lemforder, which supplies suspension and steering systems to companies such as Land Rover, tasted success by picking up a commendation in the National B2B Centre Award for Integrated e-business at the awards, which were organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and held at The Dorchester Hotel in London.
PricewaterhouseCoopers sponsored the Customer Focus Award and the Warwick Manufacturing Group sponsored another.
In all 13 prestigious business awards were presented at the ceremony and firms were congratulated by Business Minister, Shriti Vadera, who classed manufacturing as the “unsung hero” of the British economy.
“UK manufacturing companies are a global success story based on their productivity, innovation and specialist skills. The MX finalists prove that innovation is the key to maintaining their record in a fiercely competitive global market,” she said.
Chris Hibbs, a partner at PwC commented: “Companies such as Hozelock demonstrate how vital manufacturing is to the UK economy and, as one of the world’s leading professional services firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers are committed to strengthening this sector.”
John Garside, of the Warwick Manufacturing Group, a fellow of Warwick University and the IMechE added: “The future viability of a business is determined by the success of its new products. Companies entering MX have shown that market pull provides the most successful route for commercially viable product innovation.”
Hozelock, established in 1961, impressed the judges with itsbusiness strategy, which includes the development of new products to negate the effects of climate change.