The team at Tharsus are delighted to have been recognised as the Large SME Manufacturer of the Year for 2012 at the Manufacturer of the Year Awards.
Sales Director, Peter Sayer picked up the award on Wednesday 21st November at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London on an evening when other winners included BAe Systems, Fiat owned New Holland, Coca Cola, Caterpillar and Rolls Royce.
Over 700 guests crowded into the London venue to celebrate the achievements of their teams, their businesses and their industry, for what is claimed to have been the most successful Manufacturer of the Year Awards to date, as judges acknowledged how conspicuously the calibre of entries has risen
Nick Hussey, managing director of SayOne Media, publisher of The Manufacturer welcomed guests and observed that those manufacturers who continue to persevere in improving their manufacturing processes in the UK and innovating new business models to compete in a post-financial crisis, globalised marketplace were investing in a long term future. “Those companies who moved to China for cheap labour will soon find that they must move on. And they will keep finding that they have to move on,” he said.
A rousing speech from the former trade minister and director general of the CBI, Lord Digby Jones was greeted enthusiastically, as he sailed characteristically close to the wind with his punchy humour and argued that manufacturing, in particular, is truly the linchpin of our society, suggesting to delegates, “You don’t know how important you are”.
Tharsus CEO Brian Palmer, who had presented to a distinguished judging panel at The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence in Essex in October, stressed the importance of the team in creating success, “We’re reaping the rewards from sustained investment in people and facilities that are key to the development and execution of a strategy that we believe will underpin future growth.”
“In developing our Contract Manufacturing Plus service, we are effectively creating and driving forward a new, value-led category that is representative of a bright future for UK manufacturing. The results yielded by the strategy have already been hugely impressive with a number of long-term contracts secured against global competition and an increase of almost 500% in the value of our exports.”
Tharsus, who join an impressive list of previous winners of the award including last year’s winners Cosworth, has developed a unique service that brings together final assembly with full electro-mechanical product design and development, technology integration, certification, in-sourced material conversion – sheet metal and fabrication – and supply chain management.
Differing from the assembly claims of an increasing number of engineering companies who simply bolt components together, Contract Manufacturing Plus is built on a progressive approach to product development, with a strong focus on effective, efficient and highly flexible manufacturing.