AWARDS: BEST FACTORIES - THE SHORTLIST

AWARDS: BEST FACTORIES - THE SHORTLIST - The quest for manufacturing excellence does not get any easier. In recent months an overvalued pound, stable and even deflating prices and growing international competition have made life extremely difficult for Br

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The quest for manufacturing excellence does not get any easier. In recent months an overvalued pound, stable and even deflating prices and growing international competition have made life extremely difficult for British industry. But when the going gets tough the best businesses pull even further ahead - as this year's Best Factory Awards makes clear.

The team of judges have spent many hours travelling up and down the country visiting the leading firms which, in terms of manufacturing excellence, are attaining new levels of performance, both because they have to and because they believe in what they are doing. With examples like these to look up to, no-one in business need accept the premature obituaries for British manufacturing.

The awards, sponsored by English Partnerships, Bourton Group, and UPS Worldwide Logistics, will be presented at The Savoy in London on 26 October.

BEST PROCESS FACTORY

Wrafton Laboratories Wrafton, North Devon

Castrol Ellesmere Port, South Wirral

BEST ENGINEERING FACTORY

Ryobi Aluminium Castings Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

Leyland Trucks Preston, Lancs

Federal-Mogul Friction Products High Peak, Derbyshire

BEST ELECTRONICS & ELECTRICAL FACTORY

NEC Technologies Telford, Shropshire

Custom Interconnect Whitchurch, Hants

Krone Cheltenham, Glos

BEST HOUSEHOLD & GENERAL PRODUCTS FACTORY

Guinness Packaging Runcorn, Cheshire

Elida Faberge Seacroft, Leeds

Hamilton Acorn Attleborough, Norfolk

BEST SMALL FACTORY

Hamilton Acorn Attleborough, Norfolk

Custom Interconnect Whitchurch, Hants

MOST IMPROVED FACTORY

Wrafton Laboratories Wrafton, North Devon

Leyland Trucks Preston, Lancs

Ryobi Aluminium Castings Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

Federal-Mogul Friction Products High Peak, Derbyshire

Guinness Packaging Runcorn, Cheshire

Krone Cheltenham, Glos

Custom Interconnect Whitchurch, Hants.

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