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The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is partnering with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to deliver the Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2009 (MX 2009), which has been dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the manufacturing industry.

MX is the only UK awards schemeeconomy of its kind that involves an elite panel of industry experts giving free, impartial advice in a benchmarking report that has been valued at up to £20,000. The report will offer a ‘top tips’ service to firms with invaluable advice on how to improve performance, taking size, industry and resources into consideration.

MAS’ connection with the IMechE and the awards process is key to promoting and protecting the heritage of the UK manufacturing industry and sharing best practice. This is especially relevant during this economic period, when manufacturers are tasked with managing increasing energy costs and a downturn in consumer demand.

Arthur Richardson, director of the MAS South West, commented: “We are actively encouraging as many companies within the region to enter these awards. By entering MX, they will receive a benchmarking report compiled by leading manufacturing experts, as well as industry and peer-recognised kudos if they go on to win an award at June’s awards ceremony.

“The awards ceremony is fantastic, but the processes and the self-reflexive journey that each company goes through to get to the ‘big night’ is extraordinary and one that will stand them in good stead for the future.”

Small and medium-sized firms account for 95% of UK manufacturers and their ability to adapt quickly and smoothly to a fluctuating market, whilst applying lean techniques, engaging in best practice, fostering new technologies and embracing new areas of importance, such as environmental and sustainable issues, is imperative if they are to fight off outside competition and difficult market forces.

IMechE President Bill Banks said: ‘‘MX offers companies the opportunity to increase their knowledge about best practice and I am delighted that the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is working together with the MAS to honour those in the industry who maintain those high standards.

“By partnering once again with MX, MAS is proving its dedication to maintaining best practice in manufacturing. Such a beneficial partnership between MX and MAS will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the industry and in times of an economic downturn, celebrating success is all the more important to businesses.”

Closing date for applications is January 29.