GP Acoustics UK Limited, manufacturers of KEF Audio products, has been named the best manufacturing business in the country in a prestigious award ceremony in London.
The company not only won the “Innovative Operating Practices Award” at the national final of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2011, but it was also named the ‘winner of winners’ – an accolade that puts it right at the top of manufacturing performance.
The annual awards are hosted by EEF, the manufacturers’ organization, and recognize excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers.
KEF won the Innovative Operating Practices Award primarily for developing and implementing new technology and manufacturing processes to break into a high-end market sector with its acclaimed Blade loudspeaker. The judges were impressed with this story of how an innovative process led to an out-of-the-box idea of producing a new loudspeaker made of composite material, which greatly improved acoustic performance. They also agreed that GP Acoustics/KEF was an inspiring example of a company empowering the next generation of UK engineers.
“We are delighted to win both awards and particularly to receive the accolade of best performing manufacturer in the UK,” said Barry Dock, Head of Project/Mechanical Engineering at GP Acoustics. “Following our success, KEF is committed to the further application of advanced materials and techniques – a key differentiator in the high-end loudspeaker market.”
“Congratulations to GP Acoustics on winning both awards,” said Jim Davison, South East Region Director for EEF. “It’s a real feather in the cap of the South East manufacturing sector and it clearly illustrates the value of supporting a sector made up of 45,000 businesses contributing £45 billion to the UK economy.”
The KEF Blade is an engineering tour de force, and the result of five year’s exhaustive testing, expert analysis and intricate experimentation by the UK based research and development team. At the heart of the Blade is its Single Apparent Source technology. For highest quality sound reproduction the individual driver sections (for bass, midrange and treble) of a multi-way loudspeaker must work together and need to produce sound-fields that appear to come from the same point in space. This is particularly important at the crossover frequencies where the sound output switches from one driver to another. The Single Apparent Source technology is a perfect extension of the new, fully pistonic KEF Uni-Q® MF/HF array, which brings the bass drivers into the picture for the first time. Together they combine to form a seamless point source driver array handling the entire frequency range.
For more information on KEF, please visit http://www.kef.com.
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is the representative voice of manufacturing in the UK together with UK Steel. EEF has a growing membership of over 6,000 companies of all sizes, employing some 900,000 people from every sector of engineering, manufacturing, engineering construction and technology-based industries.
For 50 years, KEF has created technology that delivers the best listening experience for people who are passionate about natural sound. Founded on October 2, 1961 by Raymond Cooke O.B.E., KEF continues to maintain its flair for unusual and controversial speaker engineering, design and material use. KEF flourished during the 1960s, and in 1970 received the first of two Queen’s Awards for Export Achievement. Ten years of worldwide growth followed, solidifying KEF’s reputation as one of the international leaders in speaker engineering. The Gold Peak Group acquired KEF in 1992, backing KEF’s British heritage with new ideas, a new personality and new products, leveraging its deep R&D and global manufacturing capabilities, and building on the company’s core strengths in acoustics, design, distribution and quality. With the celebration of its 50th anniversary, KEF will continue to build on its strong heritage to define listening experiences for the next 50 years and beyond. www.kef.com
About KEF America, Inc.
KEF America, a division of KEF Audio, offers loyal North American audiophiles a line of innovative speakers and components unmatched in the industry for quality and innovation. Headquartered in Marlboro, New Jersey, KEF America shares the same guiding principles as its British counterpart: ground-breaking design, exceptional sound and an unshakeable commitment to excellence. For additional information about KEF and its award-winning products and unique technology, please visit www.kef.com.
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