National win for North East success story

Hush Digital     12th October 2015

A NORTH East car parts manufacturer has scooped the overall title at a prestigious industry awards.

Nifco UK, which makes plastic components that are used in the engines, interiors and exteriors of cars made by Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota and Vauxhall Opel, has been named Processor of the Year at the Plastics Industry Awards (PIA), an annual celebration of the sector in the UK.

The awards, which took place on Friday [October 9], at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel, were attended by representatives from Nifco, including managing director and European operations officer, Mike Matthews MBE.

Mr Matthews accepted the award on behalf of the business.

He said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have accepted the overall title, on behalf of the whole team at Nifco. The Plastics Industry Awards really highlight our performance in the context the plastics sector on a national scale – to be benchmarked against our peers and celebrated in this way is a fantastic achievement.

“This really is a team award. Nothing we have achieved as a business would have been possible without the fantastic individuals we have on board, and this award is no exception. We really are delighted to be flying the flag for North East manufacturing on a national stage.

In addition to Nifco, there were 8 other strong finalists in the category for Processor of the Year 2015 and we salute each and every one of them for their extraordinary success – these awards are a very good indicator at the health of our sector, despite the challenging times of the last few years.

Nifco is no stranger to success in the PIA’s having first won the Processor of the Year title in 2008 and then another twice in addition to securing the 2015 title. The company has won various awards since then, which add to a trophy cabinet that includes a host of other regional and national titles.

Erika Marshall, marketing and communications manager at Nifco, who penned the winning award submission, said: “As a member of the Nifco team, there is a real sense of pride that comes with winning national awards. It’s fantastic to be part of a business that has such a strong track record.

“It’s great to have the hard work of the whole team recognised and it is a huge pat on the back for all of dedication, skill and commitment that goes into keeping Nifco at the top of its game year-round.”

This latest win concluded a great day for Nifco, which was also announced as number 35 in the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 list in the category for Fastest Growing Large Business – companies with turnover of more than £15m.

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