UK: Awards and Conferences - Investing in workforce pays off for the best factories.

UK: Awards and Conferences - Investing in workforce pays off for the best factories. - People, health and safety and environmental controls are key to the factories shortlisted for this year's awards.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

People, health and safety and environmental controls are key to the factories shortlisted for this year's awards.

Judges have now selected their shortlist for this year's Best Factory Awards (see table). One feature shared by the shortlisted companies is that they are investing heavily in their people. 'They're not just paying lip service, they're doing it,' says Management Today's Malcolm Wheatley, one of the judges.

The most impressive factories are working hard to boost productivity, raise quality standards and make their processes more efficient using techniques such as continuous improvement.

The awards, run by Management Today in association with the Cranfield School of Management, aim to recognise world-class standards of manufacturing excellence in British industry. They are now in their seventh year and have moved on. What was considered innovative in 1992 is now accepted wisdom in good factories.

New trends are emerging. The factories with the strongest manufacturing performance are also recognising the need for strong health and safety and environmental controls. Better supply chain performance is becoming increasingly important and many of the best plants are trying to match capacity to actual demand using techniques such as annualised hours.

The winners of this year's Best Factory Awards will be announced at a luncheon at London's Savoy Hotel. Find out more about the award-winning factories in November's issue of Management Today.

Our thanks go to the sponsors: CNT, Siemens Business Services, BNY International, AremisSoft Corporation, Exel Logistics, and UPS Worldwide.

BEST FACTORY AWARDS 1998 - THE SHORTLIST

Electronics Ericsson OMC

Worksop factory

Pac International

Stockport factory

Siemens GEC Beeston factory

Engineering

Brose Coventry factory

Lamerholm Fleming

Stevenage factory

Household and General Products

Colmans of Norwich

Norwich factory

Eli Lilly

Basingstoke factory

Process Industry

John L Brierley WHS Mill in Huddersfield

Tennent Caledonian Breweries

Glasgow factory

Thomas's Europe

Batley factory

Small Business John L Brierley WHS Mill in Huddersfield

Lamerholm Fleming

Stevenage factory

Most Improved Factory

John L Brierley WHS Mill in Huddersfield

Brose Coventry factory

Ericsson OMC

Worksop factory

Pac International

Stockport factory

Tennent Caledonian Breweries

Glasgow factory

Thomas's Europe

Batley factory

All factories are eligible for nomination for the Judges' Special Award and for the overall title of Factory of the Year.

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