Loadhog, the Sheffield-based transit packaging innovator, has been identified by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) as one of the country’s best manufacturers.

Loadhog, creator of the Pally & Lid and Smartstak systems which are revolutionising the global-wide supply chain, has been shortlisted in six of the nine categories in the Institution’s 2011 Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards scheme, designed to assess and celebrate the UK’s outstanding manufacturing.

After submitting an in-depth self-assessment, Loadhog was put through in the Innovation Products and Processes; Logistics and Operational Efficiency; People Effectiveness; Financial Management; Sustainable Manufacturing and Best Partnership with Education categories. In the awards’ initial stage, Yorkshire is the most successful region, with Rotherham-based, AESSEAL and Agfa Graphics in Leeds also reaching the short list.

In common with all the short-listed companies, Loadhog will now be assessed on-site in all the categories in which it has been listed, with the final winners being announced at the MX Awards ceremony in November.

Ed Stubbs, Loadhog’s managing director, said: “Having only relocated our entire operation into far larger premises late last year, it is particularly pleasing to have gained such wide ranging recognition now. Whether we win an award or not, the assessment process will be a valuable learning exercise for the company and being shortlisted is great recognition for all our employees. I am delighted that Loadhog is associated with the other short-listed manufacturers in Yorkshire.”



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