The annual Management Today Best Factory Awards, organised in association with Cranfield School of Management, are an established feature of the business calender. Later this year, with the continued aim of encouraging best practice throughout British manufacturing, Management Today and Cranfield School of Management will hold a two-day conference in London which will explore the experience and achievements of past years' award winners.
The conference, which will be addressed by senior managers of former award-winning factories, will be held at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1, over the two days, 31 October and 1 November 1994. Chairman of the conference will be Professor Colin New, professor of manufacturing strategy at Cranfield School of Management. Speakers will include: Frank Burns, managing director of Premier Exhaust Systems, Coventry (Factory of the Year 1993), which provides a world-standard parts-delivery service in one of the most demanding industrial sectors.
Malcolm Wright and Paul Williams, 'team leaders' of the two Kimberly-Clark mills in North Wales that were named Best Process factory in successive years. They will reveal how the company managed to make the transition from traditional hierarchical structures to integrated teamworking.
John Fellows, managing director of HD Plastics of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, which won the Best Small Factory award in 1992. His company thrives on the efficient manufacture of unexciting, low-margin products like bin-liners and refuse sacks.
Peter Aldrick, manager of Kodak's Annesley plant, near Nottingham (Factory of the Year 1992), will explain how his business develops team leaders - the all-important components in modern manufacturing.
There will be further speakers representing other award-winning companies such as Alcan Rolled Products UK, Dorman Smith Switchgear, GPT, Thorn Lighting and Oki (UK).
Numbers have to be limited to 300 delegates. The fee for the conference is £695, plus VAT, per person. A concessionary rate of £600, plus VAT, is available to those who make a booking before 30 September 1994. For delegates who require accommodation overnight, special terms have been arranged with six West End hotels in addition to The Dorchester. A list of these hotels will be enclosed with each delegate registration pack.
For further information please telephone Sharon Reeves, senior events manager, on 071-413 4161 (fax 071-413 4331), or write to Haymarket Events, 22 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LY.