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1st November 2019, Berkhamsted

2019 Composites Industry Award winners announced

The event was held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. © Composites UK

The event was held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. © Composites UK

At the Composites UK 2019 Industry Awards Dinner this week, the Association revealed the winners of its nine award categories at its prestigious annual black-tie dinner.

The event, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham to coincide with the Advanced Engineering Show, saw over 300 people gather to celebrate the achievements of their peers, from individual personnel through to collaborative innovations.

Guests included the Department for International Trade, Williams Advanced Engineering, Shell, National Composites Centre, Spirit Aerospace, BAE Systems, Airbus, Solvay and more.

The evening saw speeches from McLaren Automotive’s Executive Director of Business Strategy, Ken Smart and Space Journalist, TV Host and Author, Sarah Cruddas. A fundraising auction and raffle also took place to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Parkinson’s UK with many prizes being donated by Composites UK member companies.

As for the awards, the winners were:

  • Trainee/Apprentice of the Year – Nia Jones, National Composites Centre
  • Employee of the Year – Jonny Haley, MPM
  • Employer of the Year - Pentaxia
  • Environmental/Sustainability Award – Gurit (UK)
  • Innovation in Composite Manufacture – Surface Generation
  • Innovation in Composite Design - Cecence
  • Innovation in Composite Materials - Gurit (UK)

In addition to these, the National Composites Centre’s Janet Mitchell was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to the Composites Industry Award. Janet received this award for her work in championing diversity in engineering. She has been a huge inspiration in encouraging the next generation of composites engineers of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. She herself entered her profession as the only woman on the shop floor, working her way up to leading the largest business unit at the UK’s key composites R&D facility.

“This event is growing rapidly each year and we’d like to thank our sponsors – Frimo, Zund, Axillium, Engel, Minden Dust Extraction Systems, MPM Limited, Pegbox Technical Recruitment and Surface Generation – for supporting the event as this allows us to bring in more elements, making the evening one to remember for our guests,” commented Claire Whysall, Communications Manager at Composites UK. “The National Composites Centre also provided valuable support as did McLaren Automotive, allowing us to showcase one of their cars on the night.”

The next Composites UK Awards Dinner will take place on 4 November 2020.

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