The Manufacturer Top 100 provides a platform for the recognition of exceptional individuals in UK manufacturing. Individuals are nominated for their outstanding achievements, and The Manufacturer, with the assistance of their judges, select the best of the best.
The aim of these awards is to raise the bar for competitive best practice across the nation's industrial base and inspire young people into the world of UK manufacturing by showcasing the inspirational stories of the elite individuals.
Judge Asif Moghal of Autodesk commented: "We're on the brink of a new industrial revolution, so it's never been more important to showcase how British manufacturers are driving productivity, innovation and repetitive advantage. The Top 100 celebrates this shamelessly, and we need more of that."
To be listed as a Top 100 is an incredible achievement. Over 200 nominations were received this year which resulted in many long hours of deliberation for the panel of expert judges.
Furthermore, within their chosen 100 people, 20 exceptional individuals were given 'Exemplar' status, due to their truly unique contribution to industry.
KMF were delighted to have Managing Director, Gareth Higgins, acknowledged in the list for his commitment, drive and ambition.
Gareth was selected as a Top 20 Exemplar for the outstanding work he is leading through the KMF award-winning Apprenticeship program and the company's annual school project, the KMF Young Engineer of the Year.
These two highly-acclaimed initiatives inspire young people and giving them the opportunity to grow and develop into a successful career within UK manufacturing.
Gareth was extremely proud to be recognised commenting, "It's an honour to be named in The Manufacturer Top 100 List. The hustle and bustle of manufacturing have always excited me, and I am very passionate about the success of UK manufacturing."
"Inspiring the next generation to consider STEM-based subjects and careers in manufacturing is extremely important, and I enjoy the work we carry out at KMF which sees me and the team talk to over 2,000 students each year through the KMF Young Engineer of the Year project."
"Creating opportunities for young people to develop a career in manufacturing is essential and something we do very well at KMF through our in-house apprenticeship program."