Four Sheffield firms have carried off five regional accolades in this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.
Sheffield Forgemasters International and its Vulcan SFM subsidiary took top honours in the Investing in Skills and Business Growth categories, while a Pressure Technologies subsidiary, Chesterfield Special Cylinders, won the Smart Product Award.
Kiveton Park Steel followed up its 2012 Queen’s Award for International Trade by winning the Export Development Award, while Sheffield Precision Medical was named runner-up in the Export Growth category.
Forgemasters secured its Investing in Skills Award for its efforts to bring apprentices together to transfer and improve skills by creating a team to make a scorpion sculpture, which has been sited at one of the entrances to its Brightside Lane plant.
The project developed the apprentices’ artistic awareness, technical skills and “softer” skills including project management, marketing and publicity.
Vulcan SFM gained its Business Growth Award for significantly increasing its global market share in the offshore oil and gas market by investing in material development and pursuing project opportunities in emerging economies.
Chesterfield Special Cylinders Smart Product Award was presented for its innovative ‘In Situ’ service for non-destructive testing of high pressure cylinders in locations like offshore oil installations where removal for testing would be hazardous or impossible.
As a result, Chesterfield Special Cylinders has become the only company capable of testing worldwide to strict new standards and is expected to result in sales worth £1 million by 2015.
Kiveton Park Steel received its Export Development Award after focusing its export efforts on Hungary and Brazil following a mini-recession in the European automotive market in 2012.
Sheffield Precision Medical received its runners up award in the Export Growth category for increasing the proportion of its sales from exports from four per cent to 37 per cent, well over its original target of 25 per cent.