UK: Awards and Conferences - 1997 Best Factory Awards are on the home stretch.

UK: Awards and Conferences - 1997 Best Factory Awards are on the home stretch. - 'And the winner is ...' Well, for the moment you will just have to wait and see. But what you can see now are the names of the finalists in the various sectors.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

'And the winner is ...' Well, for the moment you will just have to wait and see. But what you can see now are the names of the finalists in the various sectors.

There will also be the overall Best Factory of the Year and, should the judges feel it appropriate, a Judges' Special Award. Rest assured, however, that all will be revealed at the Best Factory Awards lunch to be held at The Savoy in London on 31 October 1997.

The finalists are all that remain from a field of 210 entrants. At the outset each participating factory was asked to complete a 14-page questionnaire.

From their answers they were assessed on a basket of performance criteria ranging from the immediately measurable such as changeover times and delivery reliability to the less tangible such as staff morale and capacity to deal with change. From this an initial shortlist was prepared: these factories were then visited by the panel of judges. Chaired by Colin New, professor of manufacturing science at Cranfield School of Management, the judging panel includes representatives from Management Today, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

The entries this year provided some fascinating insights into the state of UK manufacturing and the extent to which innovative and improvement-minded managers have been able to transform their factories into world-beaters. Two other points of particular note this time round were the importance of safety and the 'power of the brand' which has hitherto been rather played down. What has not changed though is the clear commitment of the entrants towards year-on-year improvement in British manufacturing.

The results of the 1997 Best Factory Awards will be published in our November issue, along with a detailed report on each of the winning and commended entrants in each sector.

BEST FACTORY AWARDS 1997 - THE SHORTLIST

ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL

Krone (UK) Technique Ltd Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Rank Xerox Ltd Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire

ENGINEERING

Bertrand Faure Seating Ltd Faringdon, Oxon

Caradon Mira Ltd

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

HOUSEHOLD AND GENERAL PRODUCTS

Autoglym Letchworth, Hertfordshire

CCL Custom Manufacturing

Scunthorpe, Humberside

R F Brookes Ltd Newport, Gwent

United Distillers

Banbeath Leven, Fife

PROCESS INDUSTRY

Arjo Wiggins Fine Paper

Dover, Kent

ICI Paints

Slough, Berkshire

Small Business** Autoglym Letchworth, Hertfordshire

MOST IMPROVED FACTORY

Arjo Wiggins Fine Paper Autoglym

Caradon Mira Ltd

CCL Custom Manufacturing

ICI Paints

Krone (UK) Technique Ltd

Rank Xerox Ltd

RF Brookes Ltd

United Distillers

**The shortlist is incomplete for the small business category because one factory visit has had to be postponed until mid-September.

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