The national winners of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards and the EEF Photography Competition were announced at an exclusive black tie event on 26 January 2012.
The regional winners of our manufacturing awards competed in our national judging for the chance to become a national winner of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2011.
Our national winners are fine examples of the drive for excellence and passionate enthusiasm that makes manufacturing great.
Read more about them in our 2011 National Winners' brochure and see pictures of them in our gallery.
You can also find out more about our 2010 National winners.
Winner of Winners
GP Acoustics UK Ltd
GP Acoustics discovered and implemented new technology and manufacturing processes to enter a new high-end market sector without punitive capital investment. They received the Winner of Winners accolade for being an inspiring example of UK innovation and an exemplar for process, product and market innovation.
The Business Growth Award
National Winner Rapiscan Systems Ltd
After boosting its manufacture of new systems 10-fold, security x-ray manufacturer Rapiscan has achieved a massive turnover increase of 900 per cent in just two years.
Runner-up Responsive Engineering Group Ltd
The Skills & Training Award
National Winner Bourns Ltd
Bourns Ltd put greater value on the skills of its staff and revitalised a continuous improvement initiative to achieve a profit surge of more than 300 per cent in just one year.
Runner-up Foster Refrigerator (UK) Ltd
The Climate Change Opportunity Award
National Winner Jablite Ltd
After teaming up with a technology company, Jablite developed a new range of household insulation capable of reducing the amount of energy used to heat a home by almost 40 per cent.
Runner-up Alumet Systems (UK) Ltd
The Environmental Efficiency Award
National Winner Johnson Tiles
Johnson Tiles' rigorous environmental efficiency programme has paired massive savings in energy and water usage with a recycling scheme which prevents more than 20,000 tonnes of waste being sent to landfill each year.
Runner-up J&J Ormerod plc
The Innovative People Management Award
National Winner Fiddler's Ferry Power Station in partnership with PJ Douglas, Manchester Metropolitan University and the British Safety Council.
Fiddler's Ferry Power Station collaborated with three partners to address health and safety risk and behaviours at its multi-organisational site, which employs a 500 strong workforce.
Runner-up Novar ED&S (Honeywell)
The Innovative Operating Practices Award
National Winner GP Acoustics UK Ltd
GP Acoustics discovered and implemented new technology and manufacturing processes to enter a new high-end market sector without punitive capital investment.
Runner-up Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
The Outstanding Export Award
National Winner Harwin plc
The introduction of a new hardware range broadened Harwin's penetration of global markets. It now exports to 88 countries, with overseas sales worth 85 per cent of the company's total revenue.
Runner-up Pacepacker Services Ltd
The Outstanding Achievement by a Final Year Apprentice Award
National Winner Michael Williams, Severn Trent Water Ltd
During his apprenticeship Michael used his own initiative to introduce a number of significant process control developments, resulting in substantial cost savings and improved efficiency and reliability at Severn Trent Water.
Runner-up Stephanie Oswald, BAE Systems Global Combat Systems
The Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice Award
National Winner Samantha Ball, MBDA
Not content with learning in a classroom, Samantha has become an ambassador for learning on the job as an apprentice.
Runner-up Alex Simmonds, Messier Services Ltd
The Outstanding Achievement by a Young Engineering Student
Exemplar Ciaran Parkin, St Leonard's RC School
Exemplar Scott Ellis, Framwellgate School
Exemplar Vishal Bains, Chellaston Academy
In recognition of the impressive achievements and motivation displayed by our finalists, we are pleased to recognise all three shortlisted candidates for this category as Exemplar Young Engineering Students.