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WORKERS who manufacture gas sensors scooped three prizes at the Best Factory Awards.

City Technology’s UK manufacturing facility in Portsmouth won the Best Electronics & Electrical Plant award, the Innovation Award and the coveted Toyota Material Handling Factory of the Year prize, which was won by Sony in 2013.

The awards were announced recently at a ceremony in central London attended by more than 250 manufacturing leaders

They recognise UK manufacturers who lead the way in continuous improvement and deliver enhanced performance for their customers.

City Technology’s UK manufacturing facility in Portsmouth beat a host of well known names to the Factory of the Year Award, including 3M, Bosch Thermotechnology, Brita Water Filter Systems and Coca-Cola Enterprises.

The company was also nominated for a fourth award – People & Skills.

Rob Love, City Technology’s site leader in Portsmouth, explained that innovation and continuous improvement is a cumulative process built on solid foundations of world class quality.

‘Our gas sensors use complex electrochemistry processes that provide gas detector manufacturers with the highest levels of reliability in some of the most challenging operating environments,’ he 
said.

‘To win the Best Factory Award is a major achievement, not only because of the tough judging process, but also due to the strength of the other finalists.

Among the factors recognised was a 10 per cent improvement in operational efficiency, hitting our customers’ requested delivery times 98 per cent of the time, significant growth in turnover and reductions in downtime. Winning the award for innovation is also a fitting tribute to the contribution made by every one of our 300 employees in Portsmouth, as we continue to bring innovative new sensing solutions to the market.’