Michael makes the Top 100

Alright! Big news from Birmingham. Our Chief Chemist, the imperturbable Michael Manktelow has made it into The Manufacturer Top 100 as a Young Pioneer in the Class of 2023. Congratulations Michael!

He looked cool picking up his award on Wednesday 7 June at the gala reception at the NEC. Michael’s no stranger to the ‘City of a Thousand Trades’, having studied Chemistry at the University of Birmingham a few years ago. We’re delighted he came to be in our team and we’re very proud to see his hard work, dry wit & all round brilliant attitude recognised in this way!

The Manufacturer’s annual awards are for the 100 most inspirational individuals working in UK manufacturing!

The Manufacturer describes A Young Pioneer as “a person who has made an impact disproportionate to their years, providing inspiration for the future of manufacturing in the UK.” Now in its 10th year, The Manufacturer Top 100 scours the nation to find the 100 most dynamic leaders and innovators, nominated by The Manufacturer’s audience, the industrial community and judged by a panel of industry leaders, academics and manufacturing associations!

In his interview for The Manufacturer Top 100, Michael explained that he gets “satisfaction in knowing the complexities of how something is made – almost like being a member of a secret club.” He went on to say that he’s pleased “to have the opportunity to make a difference in how products are made and consumed.”  

The Manufacturer Top 100 project, run by The Manufacturer magazine, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2023 and publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing. Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, at any stage of their career, from top floor to shop floor. From Young Pioneers to Inspiring Leaders and Drivers of Cultural Change to the Innovators and Unsung Heroes, these are the people helping to make UK manufacturing the innovation sector it is today. They are selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to draw young people into the sector; helping to drive UK manufacturing forward – and to change popular perceptions of careers in industry.

Joe Bush, Editor of The Manufacturer explained that “Society as a whole is going through a period of challenge and change. It’s the innovators and the problem solvers who will be at the coalface of that and the ones driving our nation and society forward.” We’re excited about all the things that Michael and his team in the lab have got planned this summer.