Welsh Anchor Company recognized for Innovation and Export by Cranfield School of Management and awarded Best Apprenticeship Scheme and Large Manufacturer of the Year at Insider’s Made in Wales 2016 Awards

Newport, United Kingdom, SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company and a supplier of advanced wafer-processing solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries, today announced that it has recently won four prestigious business awards. SPTS was presented with the Innovation Award and Export Award at this year’s Best Factory Awards organized by Cranfield School of Management.  SPTS also won the Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year and coveted Large Manufacturer of the Year Awards at last week’s Insider Made in Wales awards ceremony held at Cardiff City Hall.

Having met the stringent qualification criteria set by the judging panel at Cranfield School of Manufacturing and a comprehensive factory audit, the Innovation Award recognizes SPTS for their high level of innovation that occurs throughout the Company. The panel also noted the exceptionally commendable export sales of 95% with the Export Award. The judges noted the multi-dimensional aspects of innovation at SPTS, which enables the Company to remain at the forefront of technical advances in semiconductor process technologies and to bring industry leading products to its global markets. The judges also pointed to SPTS Technologies’ lean manufacturing processes and commitment to continuous improvement which provides improved operational efficiencies and significant annual cost savings to the business.

Adding to its accolades at the Insider 2016 Made in Wales Awards, SPTS Technologies received the Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year Award and was crowned Large Company of the Year. The Made in Wales Awards, which celebrates the very best in manufacturing, design and product development from across Wales, had also recognized SPTS Technologies’ significant export sales by short listing SPTS  in the Exporter of the Year Award category.

“We are very proud of winning these recent awards as they are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees,” stated Kevin Crofton, President of SPTS Technologies and Corporate Vice President at Orbotech. “To achieve and maintain the high level of operational efficiencies at SPTS is no easy task, and it’s the commitment to continuous improvement across the entire organization that has allowed us to grow our business, both operationally and profitably, year on year. The Best Factory Awards judging process was on par with some of our most demanding customer audits, and we are extremely proud to be recognized for manufacturing excellence by the team of assessors from Cranfield School of Management, the IEE and other independent institutions.”

“I am particularly proud of the Insider Made in Wales Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year Award as it recognizes our commitment to identifying and attracting young people to our industry and company. Our apprenticeship program is one element of many programs that helps SPTS ensure our future with a skilled talent pool. We continually invest in our people, allowing us to build and maintain a responsible and sustainable business. The Large Manufacturer of the Year Award is just icing on the cake, as they say, and I am extremely proud to share the recognition with each and every one of our employees whose collective efforts contribute to the success of the company.”





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