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Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management receives Manufacturer of the Year 2007 award

Smith & Nephew Woundcare : 19 October, 2007  (New Product)
The Advanced Wound Management business of Smith & Nephew has won the Manufacturer of the Year 2007 award and also collected a number of other awards.
The awards are presented by The Manufacturer magazine to celebrate manufacturing best practice and recognising world class achievement in British manufacturing.
The judging panel for the Manufacturer of the Year award included a panel comprising senior representatives from the manufacturing industry, manufacturing orientated academia and industrial journalism.

As well as the overall Manufacturer of the Year award which is awarded at the discretion of the judges, from companies short-listed in all award categories, the Advanced Wound Management business also picked up the award for World Class Manufacturing, for the sustained and progressive achievement of world class manufacturing standards, Manufacturing Operations, for achieving world class manufacturing standards through the interaction of machines, processing steps and tasks to be performed, Skills and Productivity, in recognition of initiatives that have increased productivity through the enhancement of employee skills and improving the perception of manufacturing careers.

Smith & Nephew were also a finalist in the Energy and Environment award.

Paul Adams, senior vice president Global Operations said, 'These awards are testimony to the fact that we have now reached world class benchmark standards in manufacturing, when you look at the tough competition, with finalists including, amongst others BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, Blackburn MicroTech Solution, InterfaceFLOR, Southern Salads, KAS Technologies Group, Saint Gobain Glass, Redshape Sheet Metal and Boss Design.'

Noel Waters, former operations director for the Hull site and now managing director China Operations said, 'Winning the Manufacturer of the Year award was a key part of our Hull manufacturing site vision, which we set out to achieve four years ago. In that vision the target was to win this very award this year. More importantly the key performance and business targets that were fundamental to the vision are on track for delivery. Winning this award was not an end in itself, but it stands as testament to and recognition at a national level, of the transformation of our operations to world class standards. I take enormous pride in what the workforce of the Hull plant have achieved and take delight in the prestige and honour which we have brought to Smith & Nephew and to the city of Hull.'
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