Vernacare Shortlisted for Top Manufacturing Award
Vernacare Shortlisted - Best Factory 2012
Derek McIntyre - Vernacare Global Operations Director
Leading infection prevention organisation Vernacare Ltd, based in Bolton has been nominated by Cranfield School of Management for the 2012 Best Factory Awards which celebrate manufacturing excellence in the UK.
Vernacare is nominated for the following categories - Best Process Plant, Best S.M.E., Supply Chain Award, Judges' Special Award, and so eligible for the Factory of the Year Award, within the national manufacturing awards, which are now in their 21st year.
"To be shortlisted for this award is a fantastic achievement, and is testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the entire operations team." said Derek McIntyre, Global Operations Director. "By recognising the achievements of individuals within the team, we have been able to create a culture of continuous improvement and investment in people."
Vernacare manufacture single-use disposable medical pulp products, made from 100% recycled newspaper.
As the biggest medical pulp moulder in the world, producing around 150 million units per year, Vernacare have invested heavily in automation and quality control measures to ensure that the product quality is of a consistently high standard.
These single-use products form part of the 'Vernacare System' of human waste management, now being used in more than 50 countries worldwide. The system itself was pioneered by Vernacare over 50 years ago, with a view to helping reduce the risk of cross-infection infection and save nursing time, whilst reducing the environmental and cost impact of re-usable systems.
The nomination comes on the back of Vernacare's success in being awarded the Queen's Award for Innovation last year, in relation to their market-leading detergent proof washbowl.
Winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London on 28 September.
Dr Marek Szwejczewski, Director of the Best Factory Awards commented: "All of the finalists are beacons of excellence, driven by the desire to improve and excel and are growing despite the flat British economy. Our awards aim to recognise their achievements and highlight systems and processes that others can learn from. The best factories in Britain are focused on delivering value to their customers, ensuring their employees are engaged and well trained, while also continually investing in their production facilities."
The Best Factory Awards 2012 are run by Cranfield School of Management with the magazine Works Management and sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK, IOSH, Schaeffler, Zurich, EAL and Epicor.