Winner of three Chemicals Northwest Awards 2016
April 25th 2016
Winner of Three Chemicals Northwest Awards 2016
Quat-Chem is delighted to announce its success in three categories of the 2016 Chemicals Northwest Awards.
Chemicals Northwest is an organisation representing interests of the Northwest chemical industry hub, the largest in the UK. The Northwest chemical cluster is diverse, providing a base for 60% of the world’s top 50 chemical companies, and inclusive of SMEs, with over 500 manufacturing units of various sizes. The chemical industry is an important employer in the Northwest, employing 50,000 directly, and offering indirect employment to approximately 150,000 in associated industries. The chemical industry today stands transformed in recent years with a focus on environmental sustainability, innovation and resource efficiency.
Last month the industry came together, as it does every year, to celebrate its success and achievements. The Chemicals Northwest awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel at Manchester’s iconic 47-storey Beetham Tower. The event was lively and well attended, with the chemical industry ‘scrubbing up’ exceptionally well. This year, the awards event was hosted by electronics engineer and radio presenter, Kate Bellingham.
Quat-Chem’s chemical industry awards last year were in manufacturing and export, both key to the success of the business. For an SME, acknowledgement from the chemical industry on being awarded the Manufacturing Business of the Year and the International Trade Award sponsored by Wickland Westcottand UKTI respectively, was especially meaningful.
Almost 70% of Quat-Chem sales are now generated from export markets. Quat-Chem’s track record and continued success in export and this year its innovative approach to tackling different overseas markets won the Company the International Trade award, sponsored by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) for the second year running. Quat-Chem now exports to over 70 countries worldwide.
This year, the company was also recognised for Operational Excellence, an award sponsored by Siemens, an engineering and technology company with an international presence. Quat-Chem has continually sought to improve its chemical manufacturing processes and make them more resource efficient. The project that won Quat-Chem this award was harnessing energy from an exothermic.
The Company was presented a third award of the evening for Sustainability, sponsored by RS Clare. Quat-Chem was recognised in this category for its holistic approach to running the business along sustainable principles. Quat-Chem aims to continue to work within a low environmental impact permit, to maintain its negligible environmental footprint, and maintain low usage of energy and water usage. Furthermore, Quat-Chem has chosen biosecurity products, which are preventive in nature and limit exposure of livestock to infectious pathogens. Biosecurity products are critical in safeguarding the well-being of livestock, and subsequently of food safety, having considerable public health benefits. There is an increasing long term requirement for these products especially as food hygiene and the presence of antibiotic and other residues in meat and dairy products are of increasing concern to consumers.
In its 20th year of trade the Company has already hit several major milestones in 2016 with continuing investment in R&D, improvements to its manufacturing base, and recently acquired an adjacent property to ensure smooth running of the business. The Company achieved its first major sales in its Far East markets, and in consequence was awarded the China Rising Star Award by UKTI in February 2016.
Dr Rubinah Chowdhary, Scientific Director at Quat-Chem said: “This has been a great year for Quat-Chem. Industry recognition consequent to our success in winning Chemicals Northwest awards in 2015 was extremely valuable in securing additional business in overseas markets. Winning in these three additional categories was particularly rewarding as they have been an area of focus for the Company over the last few years. We have a committed team who derive a great deal of personal satisfaction in having made significant measurable improvements and it is fantastic for their success to be recognised in this way. Congratulations to all winners of Chemicals Northwest awards; this is an important hub for the chemical industry and we wish all members of Chemicals Northwest the best of luck with their future endeavours.”
Pictured (left to right) : Paul Stowers, Regional Deputy Director (UKTI) Dr Rubinah Chowdhary, Scientific Director (Quat-Chem) Arthur Todd, Business Development Manager (Quat-Chem) & Kate Bellingham (Host)