Composites UK (Hemel, Hempstead, U.K.) announced Sept. 25 the winners of the 2013 UK Composite Industry Awards competition. Designed to celebrate the achievements of U.K.-based composites designers and manufacturers, the awards will be presented at the trade association's Industry Awards Dinner on Nov. 12, at the Crowne Plaza, NEC, (Birmingham, U.K.). the awards presetation will coincide with the Composites Engineering Show (Nov. 12-13).
This year, Composites UK has combined all of its Industry Awards presentations in one event. The eight awards given at this year's dinner have been designed to celebrate innovation (in manufacture, materials and design) as well as to recognize outstanding support in employee development, training, health and safety and environmental initiative. The winners are as follows:
Innovation in Manufacture – JETCAM UK Ltd. (Monaco) for its Crosstrack software suite, which reportedly provides complete traceability from the finished part right back to the roll or rolls. (Award sponsored by Composite Fibreglass Mouldings, Darlington, Durham, U.K.).
Innovation in Materials – Scott Bader Ltd. (Northamptonshire, U.K.) for its Crestabond MMA structural adhesives line, designed to enable very fast cure times. (Award Sponsored by Eastman Machine Co., Buffalo, N.Y.)
Innovation in Composite Design – GKN Aerospace (Redditch, Worchestershire, U.K.) for the design and manufacture of the A350 XWB rear spar. Award sponsored by the National Composites Centre, Bristol, U.K.)
Health and Safety – Broadwater Mouldings Ltd. (Suffolk, U.K.) for its work towards the SiMPLC initiative.
Environmental – EcoTechnilin UK Ltd. (Cambridgeshire, U.K.) for development of the first fully bio-based floor panel used in the Jaguar F-type convertible.
Employer of the year – MPM Ltd. (Pudsey, Leeds, U.K.) for the outstanding support of their workforce through training.
Employee of the year – Dylan Wilson, Operations Leader, MPM Ltd.
Apprentice of the year – Josh Pickersgill, Production Operator, MPM Ltd. (Award sponsored by Composite Skills Alliance, Darlington, U.K.).
Winners of the innovation and environmental awards will also be showcasing their technology in the main features area at the show and presenting in the Composites UK awards forum session, on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Chris Little, chairman of Composites UK, commented, ““The U.K. composites industry is at the forefront of technological development and exciting product application both at home and overseas. In an ever-increasingly competitive environment it is important to celebrate our successes. Our awards showcase individuals and companies who go the extra mile to develop the technology and skills needed to highlight the UK as major player in the sector.”
EPM Technology Group (Draycott, Derbyshire, U.K.) will sponsor a pre-dinner reception. A few seats are still available at the dinner. Visit www.compositesuk.co.uk to view the current seating plan and booking form.
Composites UK is the trade association that supports the U.K. composites Industry. Its self-described aim is to support the U.K. industry so that it may continue to grow and participate in the increasingly competitive world of global composite production.
Hosted as part of the Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events, the Composites Engineering Show is the U.K.’s annual trade show for the very latest in composites materials, molding and processing equipment, trade processors and fabricators, design, simulation, testing and automation partners and much more. See more at: http://compositesexhibition.com.