UK: BEST FACTORY AWARDS - THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE WINNERS.

UK: BEST FACTORY AWARDS - THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE WINNERS. - 'The Management Today Factory of the Year 1996 is ...' for the time being, a closely held secret. Although already known to the judges, the identity of the overall winner of this year's Best F

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

'The Management Today Factory of the Year 1996 is ...' for the time being, a closely held secret. Although already known to the judges, the identity of the overall winner of this year's Best Factory Awards - also of the various sectoral winners - cannot be made public before the presentation of awards at a lunch to be held at The Savoy, London, on 31 October. All that can be revealed at this stage are the names of the finalists, listed here in the categories in which each one stands to win an award. Any one of these plants - except for the eventual winner of the title Factory of the Year - is further eligible for a Special Award at the discretion of the judges.

The shortlisted names are survivors of a field of some 230 entrants.

All have been through a rigorous assessment which began with completion of a 14-page questionnaire covering aspects of performance such as delivery times, inventory, productivity and (a new heading this year) profitability.

Computer analysis of this data provided an initial list of factories to be visited by the judges. Chaired by Professor Colin New of Cranfield School of Management, the judging panel included representatives of Management Today, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

This year's entry contained an unusually large number of smaller companies.

There was also a higher proportion of privately-owned UK businesses, which are evidently learning to value the opportunity for benchmarking which the competition offers - regardless of who wins. At the same time the high incidence, among the shortlisted finalists, of entrants from previous years shows that the competition is serving its ostensible purpose: to encourage sustained improvement in British manufacturing performance.

The results of the 1996 Best Factory Awards will be published in the November issue of Management Today, along with a detailed report on each of the winning entrants.

BEST FACTORY AWARDS 1996 - THE FINALISTS

Electronics & Electrical Sector

- Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe, Birmingham

- Sun Microsystems Scotland, Linlithgow, West Lothian

- Telecom Sciences Corporation, Airdrie, Strathclyde

Engineering Sector

- Pilkington P E, St Asaph, Clwyd

- Trico, Pontypool, Gwent

Household Products Sector

- The Amtico Company, Coventry, West Midlands

- Walkers (Leicester), Leys, Leicester

Process Industry Sector

- Courtaulds Coatings, Felling, Tyne & Wear

- Van den Bergh Foods, Purfleet, Essex

Small Business Sector

- The Amtico Company, Coventry, West Midlands

- Telecom Sciences Corporation, Airdrie, Strathclyde

Most Improved Factory

- The Amtico Company, Coventry, West Midlands

- Courtaulds Coatings, Felling, Tyne & Wear

- Pilkington P E, St Asaph, Clwyd.

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