A host of Wales’ most innovative, sustainable and forward thinking manufacturers were in the spotlight last night (3 October 2019), including a developer of hair removal devices, a healthy snack bar producer and a soft drinks brand. Insider‘s Made in Wales event took place at Cardiff City Hall and was compered by Siân Lloyd. Wales Business Insider editor Douglas Friedli said “there’s a lot to be positive about in Wales right now” but there are also “challenges”. “We’ve heard about job cuts and factory closures in Wales,” he said. “But manufacturing and product design are strong here with companies expanding left, right and centre.” Sponsors for the evening were Barclays, Blake Morgan, Forward Waste Management, Hunter Selection and Sony UK Technology Centre. Qatar Airways sponsored the networking booklets and CCSL were proud sponsors for the drinks reception.
Digital Engineering/Technology Award
The Swansea-based business designs and makes light hair removal devices. Its SmoothSkin Bare product is popular in China and Japan.
The company which makes sustainable packaging for the automotive sector has invested £3.5m in upgrading its corrugating machinery.
Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme Award
Winner: Axiom Manufacturing Services
Axiom’s four-year apprenticeship programme takes apprentices through every department of the business.
GE Aviation Wales
Celsa Manufacturing UK
Industrial Automation and Control
Winner: Excelerate Technology
Excelerate Technology, based in Cardiff, bolstered sales in the Middle East after supplying its communication systems to the United Arab Emirates.
Net World Sports
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques
Manufacturing Innovation Award
Sponsored by Sony UK Technology Centre
The company has developed a process that uses carbon dioxide to neutralise concrete wash water from construction sites.
GOS Tool & Engineering Services
Food & Drink Award
Winner: Brighter Foods
The healthy snack bar maker is set to double turnover to £36m in its current financial year and has built up a workforce in excess of 300.
La Crème Patisserie
Aber Falls Whisky Distillery
Apprentice of the Year Award
Winner: Lois Penny, Axiom
Lois Penny has demonstrated energy, enthusiasm, a hunger to learn and the ability to communicate confidently with stakeholders, Axiom said.
Amber Heard, Axiom
Adam Price, Industrial Automation & Control
Callum Hughes, Industrial Automation & Control
Medical, Life Sciences & Healthcare Award
Flexicare boosted sales by 120 per cent in two years.
Blackwood Embedded Solutions
Sustainable/Ethical Manufacturer Award
Sponsored by Forward Waste Management
Winner: Radnor Hills
The drinks brand achieved zero waste to landfill at the end of 2018.
Ministry of Furniture
Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m)
Sponsored by Blake Morgan
Winner: Huntingdon Fusion Techniques
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques, based in Burry Port, increased sales, redesigned its weld purge monitor range and devised innovative new products during the year.
Sigma 3 Kitchens
Ministry of Furniture
Manufacturer of the Year (over £25m)
Sponsored by Barclays
Cyden has seen sales accelerate to £30m from £17m after moving production in-house gave it more control, allowing it to introduce variants more quickly and get new products to market faster.
Axiom Manufacturing Services
CCSL would like to congratulate all winners and those shortlisted. We also wish the companies that are now shortlisted for the Made in the UK awards, good luck.
We had a great night and hope to see more of our valued customers in next years Made in Wales 2020.
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