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A celebration of motion control engineering excellence
Published:  10 May, 2018

The 3rd annual Motion Control Industry Awards Dinner at the National Conference Centre near Birmingham, held on the 10th April 2018, provided an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and endeavours of the finalists as well as promoting the professional excellence from within the industry.

Co-located with Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, Air-Tech, Smart Industry Expo, and Plant & Asset Management Exhibitions, at the adjacent NEC, which collectively serve the motion control arena, the key facets of personal endeavour, technical innovation, engineering advancement and commercial acumen were all acknowledged and rewarded.

The nine winners were announced as follows:

Technical Innovation of the Year - Sponsored by GAMBICA

Winner: Elmo Motion Control – Gold Twitter Innovation

Environmental/Energy Efficiency Award - Sponsored by Bosch Rexroth

Winner: JBC Industrial Services – Energy Efficient Oilon Burners and Ecosafe

Project of the Year - Sponsored by ABB

Winner: Physik Instrumente - High Temperature Uniaxial Creep Apparatus

Manufacturer of the Year - Sponsored by Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Winner: ABB

Distributor of the Year - Sponsored by Beaumanor Engineering

Winner: Thorite

Contribution to Skills & Training - Sponsored by BFPA

Winner: Primary Engineer Programmes

Engineer of the Year - Sponsored by Parker Hannifin

Winner: Mitch Randall, KEB UK

Lifetime Contribution - Sponsored by BCAS

Winner: Rodney Stafford

Lifetime Contribution - Sponsored by BFPA

Winner: Mr David Phillips

Commenting on the awards programme, Parker’s UK & IRE Marketing Manager, Adrian Foster said: “Parker were once again delighted to sponsor the MCI Awards and particularly the ‘Engineer of the Year' category, as encouraging young talent and supporting them in developing their skills is fundamental to the future success of our industry. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable and a wonderful way to acknowledge achievements and celebrate success.”

Dr Susan Scurlock of Primary Engineer, who took home the ‘Contribution to Skills & Training’ Award, enthused: “I have to seriously thank everyone at Primary Engineer for letting Liam Weatherill, Chris Rochester and I have a fabulous time at the Motion Control Industry Awards Ceremony on Tuesday. Without you we would not have picked up such an award; your dedication and hard work is obviously valued and appreciated not just by us.

“Thanks also for the fantastic support of the Chief Executives and Presidents of both BFPA and BCAS who left us in no doubt that the industry sets great store in our work, and the need to ensure that our current school children have the skills, knowledge and awareness of the tremendous opportunities that await them within it.”

Entries for the 2019 awards programme will open in September.