Recent accolades received for achievements in manufacturing and skills investment.
SPTS Technologies, a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, today announced that it had won two more awards against other leading companies in Wales and the South West. This completes a year in which the company was recognized for a variety of initiatives; from manufacturing excellence to impressive company growth over the past 3 years, culminating in the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
At the annual Insider's Made in Wales Awards held in Welsh capital Cardiff, SPTS won the coveted Manufacturer of the Year Award where the company’s achievements were described as "incredible" by the judges. Kevin Crofton, executive vice president and chief operating officer said, “It is a real validation of the hard work done by our employees based here in Newport. The judges recognized our focus on continuous improvement in our internal operations and in our ability to execute on customer engagements.” The company won the Technology category at the same event in 2011.
Last week, SPTS was honored by EEF Future Manufacturing Awards with The South West Investing in Skills Award. This award from EEF, a UK-based manufacturers’ organization, recognizes companies that invest to build skills, develop employees and harness the talent of its workforce. SPTS now automatically qualifies for the national finals, where they will compete against other regional winners from across the UK. Tony Knowles, SPTS’ vice president for global human resources said: “The skills required by our workforce are highly technical and specialized, and recruitment of new staff as the company grows is an ongoing challenge. It is vital we invest in our people to stay ahead of the technology curve and developments in the market.”
Phil Brownsord, EEF Region Director for South West said: “SPTS Technologies is a true South West business success story that highlights the role the region plays in driving the UK economy forward. By taking bold steps and investing in its people, resources and technology, they have grown their business despite the challenging economic climate. Ambitious companies such as SPTS Technologies are an asset to the South West and are very worthy of their success.”