Growth, investment and employee involvement have enabled Saint-Gobain PAM to win the Company of the Year Achievement Award at the Cast Metals Industry Annual Awards Dinner.
In a competition between foundries which consistently showed growth and investment in both their production and their people, Saint-Gobain PAM UK stood out for its staff engagement and process improvement programmes right across the company.
Manufacturing a wide range of iron drain, soil, rainwater and access cover castings, the company has made remarkable strides over the last 12 months on improving its internal processes right across the board. From environmental and health and safety, people development to customer satisfaction, cost reduction to process improvement, the management has led a transformation of the business in a vast number of areas.
John Parker, chief executive of the Cast Metals Federation, which runs the awards each year, commented: “The many entries received for the 2012 Company Achievement Award had a number of consistent themes of growth, investment and improvement which is excellent news for the future of the UK foundry industry. Saint-Gobain PAM showed how, by investing time and money, they had ensured a better service for their customers and a better business for their employees, creating secure employment into the future.”
The company won the award in the face of massive competition from foundries large and small who had achieved a range of goals from full order books till 2018, sales up 60% through to introducing whole new production processes to the market. The other three shortlisted foundries were aluminium automotive foundry Castalum from Welshpool, Andover-based MRT Castings and Wrexham-based Tritech Group.