Some of the rising stars of West Midlands manufacturing businesses emerged as winners of the EEF Midlands Region Future Manufacturing Awards 2011.
Among the West Midlands winners were The Binding Site Group, from Birmingham, in the The Outstanding Export Award category, Jaguar Land Rover in the Innovative Operating Practices Award, Warwickshire-based Alumet in Climate Change Opportunity.
Meanwhile, Philip Pendrigh, of Wolverhampton-based HS Marston Aerospace, won Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice and the Outstanding Achievement by a Final Year Apprentice winner was Michael Williams, of Severn Trent Water.
The annual awards are hosted by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and recognise excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers.
Richard Halstead, EEF Midlands regional director, said: “Manufacturing is crucial to the West Midland’s economic recovery. These award winning companies and talented young individuals are leading the way and demonstrate the resilience and excellence of our industry. Congratulations to all of them on their well deserved success.”
All of the winners will go forward to compete against other regional winners from across the UK in EEF’s National Awards final, to take place on January 26, in London.
Doug Mahoney, UKTI regional director in the West Midlands, handed the award to the Binding Site Group.
Mr Mahoney said: “The EEF shares our commitment to promote the benefits of overseas trade to manufacturing firms.
“I hope these awards show exporting in the Midlands is alive and well.
“There are great opportunities abroad for engineering companies and this well-deserved award shows what the benefits for companies can be.
“I very much hope other firms in the region follow The Binding Site Group’s example and move into foreign markets.”