More than 400 people gathered to see the cream of the North East’s process sector rewarded for their contribution to the industry.
Fourteen awards and £18,000 in prize money was given out at this year’s NEPIC Annual Awards event at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield.
This year’s winners include SABIC, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnology, K Home International, Absolute Antibody, Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Biochemica, Amex Foster Wheeler, Lingey House Primary School, Shasun Pharma Solutions, Chemoxy International and MSD.
Apprentice of the Year Awards – three in total – were awarded to Asad Ali of SABIC Petrochemicals, Tiffany Connor of Billingham-based Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies and K Home International’s Patrick Shepherd for their outstanding commitment to their studies and career progression.
Young Achievers from across the region’s industry sectors were also rewarded for their exceptional career achievements to date. This year’s winners included Stephen Anderson of Absolute Antibody, Lynsey Watson of Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Sandra Rountree from Billingham-based Biochemica, Craig Hooper of CF Fertilizers and from Amec Foster Wheeler, Elaine Falconer.
Cramlington-based Shasun Pharma Solutions scooped this year’s Industrial Environmental Award for its five-year journey to reduce the firm’s environmental burden by promoting improvements in technology, processes and products.
The firm donated their £2,000 prize to Grasmere Academy in North Tyneside and will now work with staff and pupils using the funds to develop a science-related project.
Chemoxy International in Middlesbrough was named SME of the year for punching above its weight in advanced manufacturing.
The firm was also commended for going over and above in relation to apprenticeships and community programmes, which will continue as Chemoxy donated their £2,000 prize fund to Breckon Hill School so they can work together on science-related activities.
A special award for International Business Development was presented to Kamal Nanavaty from Indian chemical giant Reliance Industries. Mr Nanavaty was said by judges to have has gone over and above in his support and encouragement of NEPIC’s international work.
Cramlington-based drug manufacturer MSD took two awards. Having first won Manufacturing Sustainability, the firm’s site director Martin Inskip joined the roll of honour of the sector’s greatest contributors as he collected the 2016 award for Outstanding Contribution.
The Primary School Environmental Award was won by Lingey House Primary in Gateshead for their plans to save the water voles in the park adjacent to the school grounds.
NEPIC chief executive officer, Dr Stan Higgins, said: “With over 70 award applications, the process industry in the North East of England has shown it has excellent young people that will ensure its future leadership within the sector, and the project awards to companies demonstrate the excellent work that is going on within industry”