GP Acoustics UK Limited, manufacturers of KEF Audio products, was named the best manufacturing business in the UK during an award ceremony in London.
The company not only won the “Innovative Operating Practices Award” at the national final of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2011, but was also named the ‘winner of winners’ – an accolade that puts it right at the top of manufacturing performance.
The annual awards are hosted by EEF, the manufacturers’ organization, and recognize excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers.
KEF won the Innovative Operating Practices Award primarily for developing and implementing new technology and manufacturing processes to break into a high-end market sector with its Blade loudspeaker.
“We are delighted to win both awards and particularly to receive the accolade of best performing manufacturer in the UK,” said Barry Dock, head of project/mechanical engineering at GP Acoustics. “Following our success, KEF is committed to the further application of advanced materials and techniques – a key differentiator in the high-end loudspeaker market.”
“Congratulations to GP Acoustics on winning both awards,” said Jim Davison, south east region director for EEF. “It’s a real feather in the cap of the South East manufacturing sector and it clearly illustrates the value of supporting a sector made up of 45,000 businesses contributing £45 billion to the UK economy.”