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Forgemasters takes top national award

20 November 2009

Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) has been named Export Manufacturer of the Year at a prestigious annual awards ceremony.

The Sheffield-based company won the award for its continued drive to supply new overseas markets which have seen it secure key contracts in Brazil, Russia, India and China.

The accolade was presented at the Manufacturer Awards 2009 held at London's Tower Hotel and acknowledges SFIL's outstanding 80 per cent record in exporting key engineered components to the power generation, offshore and manufacturing industries.

Dr Graham Honeyman, chief executive at SFIL, said: "Sheffield Forgemasters has been increasing its market reach into critical sectors including nuclear power generation since 2005, when we secured a management buyout.

"The Export Manufacturer of the Year Award is great recognition of the work that SFIL's research and development teams have done in the development of highly specific engineered products and the ongoing work of our sales teams in securing key orders with companies like Petrobras, Westinghouse and OJSC Power Machines.

"The award illustrates to me that the value we place in key skills here in the UK can clearly offer us the capacity to compete on an international commercial basis, even in times of global economic hardship."

SFIL has a strong track record of awards wins and the Export Manufacturer of the Year Award complements its 2008 Queen's Award for International Trade. 

Will Stirling, chairman of the Manufacturer Awards judging panel, said: "It is fantastic to see an international engineering company like Sheffield Forgemasters operating with great success from the steel manufacturing heartland of the country.

"The Manufacturer Awards are set out to promote UK manufacturing success and demonstrate that the industry has a resilient and vibrant future. The winning companies truly reflect world class excellence and best practice standards. Sheffield Forgemasters is no exception.

"Considering the overall field and despite the pressures companies have faced this year, the standard of entries has been remarkable."