Acorn scoops hat-trick of manufacturing awards

Stairlift manufacturer Acorn has achieved a hat-trick of regional accolades at this year’s Engineering Employers’ Federation Future Manufacturing Awards.

Acorn Stairlifts, which employs more than 1,400 worldwide, won the Business Growth Award, the Outstanding Export Award and was named as runner-up in the Smart Product category.

The Business Growth Award, sponsored by DHL Global Forwarding celebrates the achievements of manufacturers that have achieved dynamic business growth through actively managed and consistently delivered growth strategies. Acorn’s turnover in North America has trebled from £19.5m to £58.6m in the past four years. During this time, Acorn’s worldwide exports have more than doubled from £35.7m to almost £80m. Every nine minutes, an Acorn stairlift is installed somewhere in the world.

It was also named the winner of the Outstanding Export Award. This award was given in recognition of its achievements, exporting into more than 80 different countries. It has invested heavily in overseas markets by setting up its own subsidiaries in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The company’s turnover in North America is now higher than in the UK and it is the market leader for stairlifts in the US.

The company also scooped up a silver medal in the Smart Product Award sponsored by Siemens, with its FastTrack system, which allows the company to install a stairlift on a non-standard curved staircase faster than any of its competitors.

Dave Belmont, Company Secretary said: “Our success in winning these awards is down to our team’s hard work and dedication. We are delighted to have won and been recognised in this way. Not only does it demonstrate the valuable contribution made by local manufacturers like ourselves, but it also puts us on the map as a modern and innovative company. This is great news for us to share with all our staff, customers and suppliers.

“It’s fantastic to get this far and now we’re all looking forward to the national finals in January to see how we measure up against other leading manufacturers from across the UK.”