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Automotive CEO named as Manufacturing Champion for the Midlands

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The CEO of an independent automotive component manufacturer in Warwickshire has been recognised by the national manufacturers’ organisation EEF for his significant contribution to the industry.

Jim Griffin of the Rugby based Autins Group, who develop and manufacture heat and sound solutions for the automotive, marine and commercial vehicle sectors won the Manufacturing Champion Award at the Midlands round of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. The event was held on 2nd November at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Sponsored by British bank Aldermore, the award celebrates the achievements of an individual who, through vision, dedication, hard work and tireless involvement, has made a significant contribution to UK manufacturing.

Jim was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics and will now go on to find out if he has won the national title at an awards gala dinner in London in January next year.

Jim has worked at The Autins Group for over 25 years and was part of a management buyout in 2006. Under his leadership, the company has experienced a period of rapid expansion, moving to new £6m purpose built premises last year. Since 2011, Autins has set up additional sites abroad in Sweden and Germany to supply European and global markets. As a result, turnover has increased almost sevenfold and the work force has expanded from 60 to around 160.

Although singled out for the award, Jim feels that the accolade also belongs to the Autins staff. “I am honoured to have received this award and delighted to play my part in British manufacturing which has a well-deserved reputation for innovation and quality,” he comments.

“However, it is testament to my team as much as to me and recognises the value and contribution made by people who work hard to drive UK manufacturing forward. Manufacturing offers fantastic opportunities for jobs, growth and economic security – it deserves to be recognised and I look forward to the national awards next year.”

Jim is also active in the local business community as Vice Chair of the EEF West Midlands Region Advisory Board and Chair of the High Value Manufacturing Committee for Coventry and Warwickshire LEP as well as a member of the Business Advisory Board for the Warwick Manufacturing Group Academy for Young Engineers.

Carl D’Ammassa, Group Managing Director – Business Finance at Aldermore, says: “Jim Griffin has worked tirelessly to promote manufacturing in his local community and the UK. Ambitious leaders like Jim are driving the sector forward and reinforcing its importance to the economy. As industry’s ambassadors, they are underpinning recognition of the careers, wealth and opportunities that a dynamic and diverse manufacturing base generates. We wish him the best of luck for the national finals.”