The Management Today Best Factory Awards in association with Cranfield School of Management have been successfully running in the UK in their current format since 1992. The purpose of the awards is to recognize and reward manufacturing excellence in the UK. Previous winners of the coveted ‘Factory of the Year’ award include Bonas Machine Company in 1995 and Van den Bergh Purfleet Foods factory in 1996. However, in addition to recognising manufacturing excellence, the programme collects detailed benchmarking data on manufacturing performance from over two hundred companies each year. This has enabled an extensive database to be created, against which individual manufacturing plants can be judged. In addition the database is being for research purposes - investigating manufacturing performance in various industrial sec
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