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AE Aerospace Crowned Manufacturer of The Year at Insider Made In The Midlands Awards

04 June 2018

Birmingham-based manufacturer AE Aerospace has been named Manufacturer of The Year for companies with a turnover below £25m at the prestigious Insider Made In The Midlands Awards.  The awards ceremony, which took place on 10 May at Birmingham’s Macdonald Burlington Hotel, celebrated excellence in regional manufacturing and has recognises the role companies such as AE Aerospace play in helping drive the Midlands Engine.

AE Aerospace beat off stiff competition from six other shortlisted manufacturers after presenting an impressive entry outlining its credentials as a world-class supplier of high quality precision machined components for the aerospace and advanced engineering markets.

More than 300 people attended the black-tie event hosted by actor, writer and presenter Alexis Conran. In its 7th year, the awards recognise the Midlands’ most ambitious and innovative companies. It encompasses nine categories and the awards are regarded as a coveted endorsement of manufacturing endeavour and innovation.

The judges said AE Aerospace was doing all the right things to keep it flying - investing in equipment, skills and really embracing Industry 4.0.

AE Aerospace was established in 1996 and delivers a broad range of engineering solutions for names including BAE Systems, Bombardier and Rolls Royce.

The company’s ethos is to remain competitive by continually investing in its people, technology and processes. It has more than doubled its workforce over the last three years and is moving to larger premises to accommodate growth.

Its focus is on servitization and the manufacturer is using the move as an opportunity to redesign the shop floor. It is working with the Advanced Services Group at Aston University to create a ‘glass factory’ process so that customers can track where their job is at any given point; making the whole machining process more efficient and cost-effective.

AE Aerospace Managing Director Peter Bruch said: “We are delighted to have received the award. This event plays a vital role in flying the flag for Midlands manufacturing which is still widely respected across the world. Our success has shown the potential for businesses prepared to invest in the skills, technologies and processes required to compete on a global stage.”