Draeger Safety UK, which works across the oil and gas sector, won the overall Institution of Mechanical Engineers Award at the Manufacturing Excellence Awards. The company also won the Financial Management category and the Professional Engineering Award for Logistics and Operational Efficiency.

The annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards is one of the most successful and long established manufacturing award programmes in the UK, celebrating the success of businesses across the UK.

Draeger Safety UK was awarded the top accolade after demonstrating excellence in a number of key business areas including customer focus, innovation, logistics and operational efficiency, people effectiveness, business development, financial management and sustainable manufacturing.

Draeger Safety UK provides safety solutions which help protect people as well as infrastructure both here in the UK and across the world. It works in a range of sectors including oil and gas, chemical, fire and rescue, law enforcement and general industry. In the UK the company develops and manufactures a range of specialist safety solutions, including breathing apparatus and emergency escape equipment. In addition it produces complementary electronic components and assembles and distributes fire and gas detection systems both to the UK market as well as exporting overseas.  

With a head office based in Blyth, Northumberland, the company is also one of the North East’s biggest employers in manufacturing, with over 400 members of staff.

The award was presented to Draeger Safety UK by Minister of State for Business & Enterprise Michael Fallon at a ceremony compered by former politician Michael Portillo.

Malcolm Irving, Head of Operations Region Europe at Draeger Safety UK, said, “We are delighted to win theoverall Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Excellence Award. It is clearly a fantastic achievement for the business and our people and demonstrates the high standards and the commitment to manufacturing excellence we implement across the organisation. This was genuinely a team effort, supported by and with input from every area of our business.” 

“We were nominated alongside some great businesses and it is very important to acknowledge the success manufacturing continues to have at a local, regional and national level across the UK, despite the continued difficult economic climate.”

Summing up the reasons for the business’ ongoing success, Draeger Safety UK’s Managing Director Mike Norris concluded, “Customer focus, innovation and efficiency are key to our business and ensure we continually grow within our target markets. We are also a forward-looking business, continually investing in our people, infrastructure, systems and vitally in R&D. By doing all of these, we continue to meet the needs of the market and remain one of the leading manufacturers of safety solutions, both here in the UK and across the globe.”