Weir up for two industry awards

Weir Minerals Europe, Todmorden, has been shortlisted at the Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2013
Weir Minerals Europe, Todmorden, has been shortlisted at the Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2013

A Todmorden-based manufacturer has been nominated for two prestigious industry awards.

Weir Minerals Europe, which manufactures high-performance equipment for the mining, minerals processing and power and industrial markets, has been shortlisted in the “supply chain excellence” and “information and computer technology (ICT) in manufacturing” categories at the Manufacturer of the Year Awards, which will be held in Birmingham on Wednesday, December 4.

The nominations come just months after Weir Minerals Europe was announced as a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, one of the highest accolades in business.

The company was recognised for its sustained growth in international sales over the past six years, with more than 90 per cent of turnover generated outside the UK.

Managing director Tony Locke said: “Winning the Queen’s Award earlier this year gave everyone involved with the company a huge boost and this is another vote of confidence in what we do on a daily basis.

“We really recognise the importance of working closely with our supply chain and also the value of innovative ICT in the manufacturing process, so we’re proud to be included in those categories.

“As ever, being shortlisted for this kind of accolade is testament to the hard work of our staff.

“I’d like to thank them for their continuing commitment to providing world-class products and solutions to our customers.”

The Manufacturer of the Year Awards are organised annually by The Manufacturer magazine to recognise the UK’s leading businesses in the sector.

Other firms nominated at this year’s event include Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and AstraZeneca.

Weir Minerals Europe is based on Halifax Road, Todmorden.

The company, part of FTSE 100-listed engineering firm The Weir Group plc, has recently undergone a £5 million expansion to increase capacity, improve efficiency, reduce lead times to customers and create jobs.

Its Todmorden base, which dates back to 1893, employs more than 400 people.