The 4th of October was a night to remember for Rhino Products as we won Manufacturer of the Year (turnover under £25m) at the 2018 Made in Wales Awards.
The award was presented to company owners Steve Egerton and Clive Boult at a black tie event attended by many of the biggest players from across the Welsh manufacturing sector at Cardiff City Hall.
Steve Egerton explained: “We are delighted to be recognised as manufacturer of year as our production processes are something that we have always prided ourselves on but an area which has undergone significant investment in recent years.”
Our 55,000 sq ft factory in Deeside, Flintshire has been through some radical changes in the past 18 months with the incorporation of several new product lines following the company’s acquisition of AVS Steps. A mezzanine floor and a second lean lift were area were added to the production area to accommodate the rapid growth of the business over this period.
Further investments in Deeside this year have included a new conveyor and wrapper system which has seen big improvements in production throughput and a 3D printer used by our experienced design team to help with new product development and other cutting edge projects.
However our biggest announcement regarding investment into our manufacturing processes came with the news that we will be opening a new custom-built factory nearby to our current facility (which will be remaining open) to help meet our ambitions expansion plans.
We have also made great progress in the past year with our ISO certifications achieving both ISO 14001 for our environmental procedural practices and transitioning to ISO 9001:2015 for our Quality Management System.
Also in attendance at the event were Rhino Products’ Design Engineer Manager Kevin Broadbent, Production Manager Darren Johnson, Finance Director James Prince, Group IT Director David Williams, Account Administrator Paulina Williams, Sally Boult and Jayne Egerton.
Rhino Products would like to extend our congratulations to all nominees and winners from all categories, as well as thank the event organisers and presenter, the BBC’s Jason Mohammad, for all doing their bit to support Welsh manufacturing and industry.
As a result of winning this award we have been automatically shortlisted for manufacturer of the year in the Made in the UK nationwide finals being held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in June 2019.