The Process Industry Award went to Kimberly-Clark, chosen from the food, drink, tobacco, chemicals sector pharmaceutical and metal plants processing.
Process factories call for outstanding management - given that technology has to be married with a mastery of the manufacturing issues to bring about commercial success. The high standard of our two finalists in this category made it difficult to choose between the two. Detergent powder manufacturer Robert McBride's plant in Barrow-in-Furness responded superbly to the challenges of the more demanding marketplace that they operate in; while the less competitive commercial environment of Kimberly-Clark's Flint Mill, which produces industrial wipers, has undoubtedly helped it to become the manufacturing showpiece that the judges witnessed. A tiebreak had to be introduced: this involved a detailed examination of comparable areas including packaging. Following this, Kimberly-Clark was declared the category winner.