Company up for five top awards

A BLYTH company has been shortlisted for five manufacturing excellence awards.

Compressed air breathing apparatus and fire and gas detection systems manufacturer Draeger Safety UK Ltd has been selected as part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2011.

Malcolm Irving, head of operations at Draeger’s Blyth site, said: “As a business we are thrilled at being shortlisted in no fewer than five key categories in this prestigious national competition.

“At Draeger, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail, our robust processes and the focused, quality-led approach to manufacturing excellence.

“All of the hard work that all of our skilled employees put in day-in day-out is why we’ve got to where we are – and to do it in such a difficult economic climate is a proud achievement indeed.

“Obviously we hope to be able to convert the shortlistings by winning in these categories at the awards ceremony.”

The company has been shortlisted for awards in Customer Focus, Innovation in Products and Processes, Logistics and Operational Efficiency, People Effectiveness and the Most Improved Company.

The best companies in each module then receive a free visit from a team of expert assessors who verify the audit responses and offer practical advice and suggestions for the business.

Assessors and moderators will now visit Draeger’s plant at the Riverside Business Park in Blyth.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony being held at the Dorchester in London on November 23.