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Manufacturer in the running for top award

Simon Turnbull, quality engineer, working in the factory at Tharsus, which has reached the final of the Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Picture by Neil Denham.

Simon Turnbull, quality engineer, working in the factory at Tharsus, which has reached the final of the Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Picture by Neil Denham.

A Blyth-based manufacturer has been shortlisted in a major national industry competition.

Following an in-depth assessment, design and manufacture specialist Tharsus Group has been named a finalist in the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise category of the Mechanical Engineers’ ‘Manufacturing Excellence’ awards.

The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on September 30, at the University of Warwick.

A team of assessors from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) visited Tharsus’ factory where they took a tour of the facility, met and interviewed key personnel and inspected the company’s innovative design and manufacturing capabilities.

It is the second time in the space of 12 months the company has reached the final of an SME category in a national awards.

In 2013 the company was named Best SME in the Best Factory Awards, which is run by the respected Cranfield School of Management.

These awards represent the growth and development of Tharsus, particularly since it opened its full-product manufacturing facility in Blyth two years ago and established itself as a pioneer in the field of Original Equipment Design and Manufacture (OEDM).

OEDM is an evolution of the traditional contract manufacturing mode where Tharsus works with companies looking to grow, improve or diversify their product portfolio.

Brian Palmer, chief executive of Tharsus Group, was delighted with the recognition.

He said: “Reaching the final of the Manufacturing Excellence Awards is a fantastic achievement for the business.

“In a relatively short period we have received some outstanding endorsements for the investments we’ve made our manufacturing capabilities from respected organisations such as the Cranfield School of Business, and now IMechE, which reaffirms our commitment to creating world-class facilities.”

 

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