Birley Manufacturing, a Sheffield-based manufacturer of interior fittings and rail carriage equipment, has won a highly respected regional award at this year’s EEF/Aldermore Future Manufacturing Awards.
Birley Manufacturing, which employs 94 staff, won this year’s Smart Product Award, sponsored by Siemens, for the design and production of the Oyster Universally Accessible Toilet Module. The award celebrates the achievements of manufacturers that have successfully designed and delivered a new product to market that has driven innovation in manufacturing and offered a competitive edge.
The company was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics and was up against stiff competition from a range of impressive businesses, small and large, from across the region.
With the regional title now under its belt, Birley Manufacturing will now go on to compete for the national title at an awards gala dinner in London in January next year.
But it was also a good night for other Sheffield-based companies too. Also recognised was Diamond Dispersions, a manufacturer of high performance dispersions for the inkjet industry, which employs 19 staff. It was named runner-up for the Outstanding Export Award. Likewise, X-Cel Superturn (GB), which manufactures precision components predominantly used by the oil and gas industry and employs almost 2,600 staff, took Silver in the Business Growth category.
Tracey Roberts, financial controller, at Birley Manufacturing, said: “This award is down to our team’s hard work and dedication – we are delighted to have won. Not only does it demonstrate the valuable contribution made by local manufacturers like ourselves, but it also puts us on the map as a modern and innovative company.
“In particular, it highlights our progress in the rail industry in bringing a product like the Universal Accessible Toilet Module to the market. This is great news for us to share with all our staff, customers and suppliers.
“It’s fantastic to get this far and now we’re all looking forward to the national finals in January to see how we measure up against other manufacturers from across the UK.”
Simon Keogh, business manager at Siemens, said: “Sheffield can be proud that its manufacturers have performed so well in these awards. Manufacturers who design and successfully deliver new products to market are testament to the sector’s innovation and ingenuity.
“This award is justly deserved and Birley Manufacturing should be applauded for their efforts. We wish them the best of luck for the national finals.”