Composites UK reveals 2018 composites industry award winners

300 people from around the world gathered to celebrate the innovations of the UK composites industry and the people behind them.
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On 31st October, Composites UK (Berkhamsted, UK) revealed the winners of its industry awards at its prestigious black-tie dinner held at the National Motorcycle Museum (Birmingham, UK). Guests included GKN Aerospace (Redditch, UK), Leonardo Helicopters (Farnborough, UK), MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (Aarhus, Denmark), R-Tech Materials (Port Talbot, UK), Shape Machining (Oxfordshire, UK), Sigmatex (Cheshire, UK), Cygnet Texkimp (Northwich, UK) and others.

Eight awards were given out on the evening. The winners were:

  • Trainee/Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by GRP Solutions) – Winner: Aaron Johnson, Leonardo Helicopters
  • Employee of the Year (Sponsored by MPM Limited) – Winner: Ben Jennings, Group Rhodes Limited
  • Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Fluency Marketing) – Winner: MPM Limited
  • Environmental/Sustainability Award (Sponsored by Briar Associates) – Winner: TRB Lightweight Structures
  • Innovation in Composite Manufacture (Sponsored by Axillium) – Winner: Rockwood Composites
  • Innovation in Composite Design (Sponsored by the Advanced Engineering Show) – Winner:  TWI Limited
  • Innovation in Composite Materials (Sponsored by National Composites Centre) – Winner: Gurit (UK) Limited
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Composites Industry – Winner:  Prof. Peter Chivers

In addition to these a Special Recognition award was given to MPM Limited for maintaining operations when a fire devastated its former site in Pudsey, Leeds. The company’s director, Ben Wilson, was presented with an Outstanding Achievement award in recognition of the team’s commitment and Wilson’s leadership during a difficult time.