SCOTTISH ENGINEERING AWARD WINNERS 2017

SCOTTISH ENGINEERING ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS 2017

The Scottish Engineering Annual Awards Dinner 2017 was hailed as another great success, with over 3600 guests attending.

Our Awards Dinner, held in the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, celebrate the continuing excellence in manufacturing engineering throughout Scotland.  Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering, hosted the event where the Principal Guest Speaker was John Baxter, who is Chairman of the Advance Nuclear Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde, which was opened in November 2015.  John has had a distinguished and varied career, initially training as a Royal Navy Submarine Engineer Officer, including post-graduate nuclear studies at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.  John’s subsequent career was with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and covered all aspects of the nuclear programme.  This included running the Dounreay and Windscale nuclear sites and the UK Atomic Weapons Plants.  Most recently he sat on the Defence Nuclear Safety Committee.  After 30 years in the nuclear industry, his private sector experience included his appointment as Group Engineering Director at Powergen, and was also Group Head of Engineering at BP.  John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  He was made a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to engineering, education and the energy sector.

The Winner of this year’s Scottish Engineering Main Award was: Allied Vehicles based in the north of Glasgow.

This family-owned business has grown from a start-up of 18 people in 1993 to becoming a modern engineering company, employing nearly 600 people.  They are active contributors to the local economy and have built a modern sports stadium in a deprived area at a cost of £1.8m.  They have helped save two sporting institutions – Glasgow Tigers Speedway and Ashfield Football Club from bankruptcy.

Trading performance has been stellar over the last 5 years, with turnover growing some 81 per cent.  If you have ever been in a 7-seater taxi, you have personal experience of their products.

Left to right: Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering; John Baxter, Principal Speaker and Chairman of the ANRC; Peter Facenna, Managing Director, Allied Vehicles.

Peter Facenna, Managing Director of Allied Vehicles, accepting his Award.

Six President’s Awards for Outstanding Manufacturing Achievement were awarded to:

Brand-Rex Ltd:

Left to right: Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering; John Baxter, Principal Speaker and Chairman of the ANRC; Ian Wilkie, Managing Director, Brand-Rex Ltd; John Howie, President of Scottish Engineering.

EDF Energy:

Left to right: Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering; John Baxter, Principal Speaker and Chairman of the ANRC; Joe McGuigan, Architect Engineering Branch Manager, EDF Energy; John Howie, President of Scottish Engineering.

Guala Closures UK Limited:

Left to right: Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering; John Baxter, Principal Speaker and Chairman of the ANRC; Ken Moran, General Manager, Guala Closures UK Limited; John Howie, President of Scottish Engineering.

Plexus:

Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering; John Baxter, Principal Speaker and Chairman of the ANRC; George Dillon and John Black from Plexus; John Howie, President of Scottish Engineering.

Smith Anderson Group:

Left to right: Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering; John Baxter, Principal Speaker and Chairman of the ANRC; Michael Longstaffe, Chief Executive of Smith Anderson Group; John Howie, President of Scottish Engineering.

Walker Precision Engineering Ltd:

Left to right: Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering; John Baxter, Principal Speaker and Chairman of the ANRC; Mark Walker, Managing Director of Walker Precision Engineering Ltd; John Howie, President of Scottish Engineering.

Scottish Engineering / Incorporation of Hammermen Award 2017:

Left to right: Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering; John Baxter, Principal Speaker and Chairman of the ANRC; Meryl Devlin, Project Manager at Aggreko UK Manufacturing; John McKnight, Deacon of the Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow.