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MTE wins top manufacturing award

Mech-Tool Engineering Ltd (MTE) wins the Lombard Award for Best Small to Medium Enterprise at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2014.

MTE, the Darlington-based manufacturer of products that protect people and plant from blast, fire and heat hazards, has won a coveted award at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2014.

The company was presented with a trophy at a special ceremony on Tuesday 30 September at WMG, University of Warwick, after winning the Lombard Award for Best Small to Medium Enterprise (SME).

Christopher Simpson, Chairman of the Manufacturing Excellence Awards Executive, said:

“The judges thought Mech-Tool Engineering was a far-sighted, well-run and ambitious organisation and a very worthy winner of the Lombard Award for Best SME.”

“In just 10 years, the company has tripled the number of people it employs to 270 members of staff and boosted turnover from £7.5 million to £30 million.”

“It is also hugely impressive that, from relatively humble beginnings, the company has now established a manufacturing unit in South Korea, in order to be close to the main shipyards where most oil and gas platforms are made.”

“The judges also commended Mech-Tool Engineering’s apprentice scheme and the fact that 25% of the company’s profit before tax goes back to staff through bonuses.”

MTE’s award was presented by Neil Lloyd, Lombard’s Head of Sales and Development, who said:

“We are delighted to support these awards celebrating excellence across the industry. The quality of entrants in this category was again very high and I congratulate MTE on their achievement. MTE are worthy winners due to the way they have adapted to customers’ needs, maintained high standards of product control whilst operating globally and forging links with education to support the future of the business.”

Marshall Garner from Mech-Tool Engineering said:

“We are delighted to have won this Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ award which we believe is in recognition of not only what the company has achieved over recent years but also of our current programmes to achieve further manufacturing improvements in the future.”

The Manufacturing Excellence Awards programme has been helping UK manufacturing companies improve for over 30 years. This year marks the launch of a new, streamlined online process aimed at easing the path to gaining individually tailored expert advice.

The Manufacturing Excellence Awards was established in 1982 and is widely recognised in the business world for promoting the very best of UK manufacturing.

The 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Awards is run in partnership with AESSEAL®, The ERA Foundation, Grant Thornton, Lombard, NatWest, Renishaw and WMG. This year’s sponsor is Hexagon Metrology and Supporters are MAS (Manufacturing Advisory Service), the Department for Business and Innovation, the MTC, and Power Panels.

The photograph above shows from left to right: Dave Irvin, Keith Bell, Kevin Harland, Mark Egglestone, Craig Bussey, George Hodgson, Neil Lloyd, Marshall Garner and Jeremy Vine.

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