Autodesk sponsors Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2011

04 May 2011

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Autodesk will again support the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' annual Manufacturing Excellence Scheme, including the Manufacturing Excellence Awards. The initiative promotes and supports the best manufacturing in the UK and will be open to entries until 10 June 2011.

Mike Lucas, industry sales manager of Autodesk manufacturing, Northern Europe, comments: "The Manufacturing Excellence scheme is an extremely valuable initiative which provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate local manufacturing successes. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers works hard to promote and support the best of UK manufacturing and Autodesk is extremely proud to support the initiative again this year."

Manufacturing Excellence works with all manufacturing businesses, whatever their size, age, sector or area of expertise, to help improve their processes and showcase excellence. Firms that are involved can receive a visit from a team of expert assessors, including Autodesk industry representatives, who will verify the audit responses and offer practical advice and suggestions for the business, including a detailed benchmarking report.

Six Steps to Manufacturing Excellence

The roadmap of the Manufacturing Excellence process runs as follows:

1. Self-Assessment Audit

Firms must complete one or more modules of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers' eight-section business improvement audit by 10 June.

2. Assessment Boards and Benchmark report

The completed audit will be evaluated and scored to form the basis of a free benchmark report, compiled by industry experts, that identifies the company's strengths and weaknesses and can be used to improve the business in future

3. Assessor Visits

The highest-scoring companies in each module will be visited by a team of skilled assessors to undertake a further appraisal of the business in the context of the answers given on the self-assessment audit, including practical advice and suggestions for the business

4. Final Presentation

On 3 and 4 November, shortlisted companies will be invited to present to a judging panel at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London

5. Awards Ceremony

Category winners and overall winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on 23 November. Winning companies will each receive a stylish trophy created in Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design software, a tool used by manufacturers for Digital Prototyping.

6. Knowledge Sharing Network

Throughout the year, manufacturing firms involved in the scheme will have the opportunity to take part in Manufacturing Excellence (MX) events, including company tours hosted by previous award winners. Firms that attend will hear first-hand about how Manufacturing Excellence can help their business as well as get the opportunity to share the latest ideas and best-practice methods.

To find out more about the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Business Improvement Programme and Manufacturing Excellence awards, go to or call Rachel Pearson on +44 (0)20 7304 6867.

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