The sixth Manufacturing Industry Achievement Awards (MIAAs), organised by The Engineer, was held this week in the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane.
The glittering evening, hosted by Angela Rippon, was attended by luminaries from all branches of British engineering. It spotlighted the strength, versatility and ingenuity of the sector.
One highlight of the evening was presentation of the Manufacturer of the Year award, which went to Rolls-Royce for its compressor systems unit in Glasgow.
In his welcome speech Paul Carslake, editor of The Engineer, paid tribute to the high quality of all the entrants: `Choosing winners from such a strong field is incredibly challenging. All the companies on these shortlists are high achievers. They are out of the ordinary and all quite different.’
Trevor Baylis provided an entertaining interlude by taking the opportunity in a passionate – and in places controversial – speech to lambaste the engineering industry for the way it treats inventors.
* For full details of the MIAA 99 winners and runners-up see our awards supplement in this issue (after page 36).