AFRC joins forces with Business Insider for the Made in Scotland Awards
The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is once again the headline sponsor of the Business Insider Made in Scotland awards which will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday 26th April 2018.
Now in its third year, the Made in Scotland awards champions all aspects of transformational discoveries and developments made in Scotland.
Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, executive chair at the AFRC, said: We are delighted to be partnering with Business Insider and sponsoring the Made in Scotland awards for the second year running. At the AFRC, we are very proud to support these awards which are a great way of recognising the success of Scottish manufacturers, of all sizes, who push the boundaries to become more competitive.”
Entries are now invited from innovative manufacturing companies that have found success both domestically and internationally.
The 2018 categories are:
Best New Product
This award is for a new product designed and/or manufactured in Scotland which was put on the market between October 2016 and September 2017 which has the potential to drive significant new sales.
Engineering Company of the Year
This award is for a Scottish based engineering company involved in manufacturing which demonstrates its ability to innovate and make an impact in the market it operates in between October 2016 and September 2017.
Exporter of the Year
This award is for a Scottish based company which demonstrates its success in exporting Scottish made products between October 2016 and September 2017.
Food and Drink Company of the Year
This award is for a Scottish based food and drink company which demonstrates it has made significant progress between October 2016 and September 2017. The judges will be looking for examples of innovation in manufacturing processes to improve profitability as well as product development, marketing and sales performance.
Innovator of the Year
Sponsored by Scotland CAN DO
This award is for a Scottish based manufacturer which used innovation in the production process which had a measurable effect on the bottom line between October 2016 and September 2017.
Inventor of the Year
This award is for a Scottish based inventor who has launched or created a product or process between October 2016 and September 2017 with substantial commercial potential.
Life Sciences Company of the Year
This award is for a Scottish based life sciences company which demonstrates its ability to innovate and make an impact in the market it operates in between October 2016 and September 2017.
Manufacturer of the Year
This award is for the most outstanding manufacturer in Scotland which demonstrates innovation, a commitment to excellence, sales growth and increased profitability between October 2016 and September 2017.
Young Innovator of the Year
This award is for a person under the age of 25 (at the point of entry 3rd March 2018) who has developed an innovative product or process between October 2016 and September 2017 with commercial potential.
Made in Scotland Award
All the previous category winners are eligible for this award which recognises the most outstanding entry for the awards.
Remade in Scotland
Sponsored by Scottish Institute for Remanufacture
This award is for Scottish companies of any size and in any sector which demonstrate innovation within the design and/or manufacturing process which contribute to extending product lifecycles and diverting waste from landfill through reuse. The judges will be looking for examples of products or processes that demonstrate an economic, environmental or cultural impact in Scotland. Any process or product whereby an item is reused, remanufactured or refurbished to extend its lifecycle is eligible to apply.