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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2017: Sustainable Manufacturing Award

PUBLISHED: 12:33 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 November 2017

Sustainable Manufacturing Award

Sustainable Manufacturing Award


We reveal the winner of this year’s Sustainable Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Lockton Companies

Last night, on November 2, we celebrated the region’s best innovative engineering and manufacturing companies at the third annual Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards.

The glittering ceremony held at Cheltenham Racecourse celebrated the incredible achievements made by companies who really do put the Cotswolds on the map, drive the region’s economy and keep the area at the top of the tree when it comes to entrepreneurship and business success.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the Sustainable Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Lockton Companies.

This year’s finalists are:

Batten & Allen, Cirencester

Batten & Allen is a leading worldwide manufacturer of precision metal stampings, metal pressed parts and pressings.

Its sustainability strategy is to minimise the impact of the processes used in the manufacture of its products through material utilisation and waste reduction through implementation of the waste hierarchy and introducing new technologies such as solar.

The company encourages supplier development in order to reduce waste and increase sustainability in the supply chain by using its own supplier ratings system and staff offer to help with supplier development.

Kohler Mira, Cheltenham

Kohler Mira is a plumbing company renowned for its range of showers, taps, baths and other designer products.

Its drive for sustainability improvement is cascaded down to every area of the business, evident in its business goals including NetZero Co2E and waste by 2035. In the past 12 months it has been integrating its Design for Environment (DfE) into its product development process.

Local leaders worked with a global team to develop specific sustainability innovation and impact calculation tools suitable for embedding in the everyday process of product development - and now there is a full defined process, tools and exec reporting system in place, exceeding all expectations. Its new distribution centre will have 92% of its electricity provided by solar power.

And the winner is...

Hillside Brewery, Longhope

Hillside is a craft brewery in the Gloucestershire countryside, brewing amusingly-named beers including Over the Hill and Legless Cow and using local suppliers wherever possible. It offers brewery tours and experience days, including brew-your-own beer.

The brewery runs on solar power with ground and air source heat pumps - which had to be dug into the hill, drilled with six bore holes - delivering hot water, heating and electricity. They recycle all waste materials from glass bottles to the spent hops and grain, which goes to a local farm to feed cattle. The heat pumps provide 4kW of energy for every 1kW put in.

And they plan to farm their own Gloucester Old Spot pigs fed on waste grain - the meat served to guests at their own events.

To find out more about the Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2017 and our sponsors, visit emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk/2017-finalists/.

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