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Axiom Manufacturing Services has been named 2015 Manufacturer of the Year in the prestigious Made in Wales Awards, announced at Cardiff City Hall on 21st October.
In recognition of the company’s strong investment, growth and job creation over the past five years Axiom was chosen by judges from among scores of leading Welsh enterprises for the top title.
The Made in Wales Awards which are in their fifth year, are organised by the nationwide Business Insider magazine and were set up to celebrate the achievements of companies that make, develop and design products in Wales.
In their report judges noted that Axiom’s growth over the past five years had outstripped the industry average four times over, that its already strong sales had doubled and its skilled workforce had expanded by nearly 25%.
“The growth in orders, revenue and new customers in a highly-competitive market is very impressive,” said one judge.
The judges chose Axiom from a shortlist of finalists which also included GE Aviation, international plastics product manufacturer, Mollertech, and semiconductor production equipment maker SPTS.
The company’s growth over the past decade has made it one of Britain’s leading contract electronics manufacturers serving industrial, medical, defence and aerospace markets.
Axiom’s success was announced to a package gathering of Wales’ leading industrialists at Cardiff City Hall, hosted by high-profile television present Jason Mohammed.
Insider editor Douglas Friedli told guests: "When we started these awards, you could still hear people say that manufacturing is dead in the UK, and that everything is made in China. Well, that wasn’t true then and it’s even less true now. In some cases, Welsh companies design products that are made in whole or in part outside Wales. That’s useful too – Wales gets value and good jobs out of the deal. We’re making more products, and the industries represented here are employing more staff."
Axiom took the top overall title on the night with other categories including: Manufacturing Innovation, Creative Design, Technology, Food & Drink Manufacturer, Green Manufacturer, Apprenticeship Scheme of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Advanced Manufacturer and New Product.
Commenting on the success David Davies, Managing Director of Axiom said: “We set ourselves very high standards in terms of innovation, quality and growth and it’s very gratifying for our whole workforce to see our work recognised in this way. Wales has many excellent manufacturers so we are immensely proud to be chosen as the best in a very strong field of competitors.”