Manufacturing bosses awarded Top 100 status

Manufacturing bosses awarded Top 100 status

Two North East bosses have been named among the top 100 manufacturing leaders in the country, after being nominated for awards by peers in their industry.

Richard Swart, global sales director and UK managing director of Berger Group Europe, which has a base in Durham, and Matt Boyle, who is president and CEO of Tyneside-based low carbon vehicle firm, Sevcon, have been named in The Manufacturer’s Top 100 report.

The report is published by The Manufacturer magazine every year. It was set up in 2014 to improve the image of manufacturing and provide a platform to publicly identify dynamic leaders and innovators in the industry. The awards were announced during a drinks reception at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Richard said: "I’m delighted with the nomination; it means a great deal as it’s voted for by my peers and I’m in very good company.

"The challenge for UK manufacturing and the country as a whole is immense given the pending Brexit negotiations and it is vital that businesses use whatever limited influence they may have to strive for the best possible outcome, ensuring also that Great Britain remains great, and the United Kingdom remains united." 

Matt said: "This award is testament to the efforts of the Sevcon team. We’re a business with a proud history of innovation and manufacturing excellence. Our focus is fixed firmly on the future and the global electrification transition. We are at the forefront of this ongoing shift from the internal combustion engine to electric vehicles and our exciting future plans aim to ensure we maintain our market-leading position."

Max Roberts, vice president and UK leader of manufacturing & automotive, salesforce, and TM Top 100 judge 2016, said: "The individuals showcased in The Manufacturer Top 100 are changing the face of British manufacturing and redefining the industrial landscape as we know it.

"Their innovation is pioneering new ways of engagement, and together with these visionaries, we can provide the tools required to write our future."