CEO Manufacturing Magazine and EuropaProperty would like to thank all those that attended the 3rd annual CEE Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2015, held in Warsaw’s Intercontinental Hotel. The awards ceremony was witnessed by a select group of senior European and Central European Manufacturing professionals; affirming the event’s status as a true landmark occasion for the manufacturing industry.

Volkswagen, the biggest car manufacturer both in Germany and Europe, and one of the world’s top-automobile sellers, with a strong manufacturing footprint in Poland, was one of the event’s big winners, collecting three major honours on the night for the company’s manufacturing excellence in Sustainability & Environment, Customer Relationship Management/Customer Service/Customer Satisfaction as well as the coveted Overall Manufacturer prize.

Marek Foryński from Panattoni Europe was named this year’s Industry Professional, topping off a very successful night for the real estate developer, which also won BTS Developer of the Year, after scooping up all the project prizes for their BTS developments in Poland.

Marek Foryński, BTS Group Managing Director at Panattoni Europe, commented: “It is a great honour and privilege to win as many as six awards at such a prestigious competition. They are all special and exceptional. Each one is a testament to the great determination and professionalism across the entire Panattoni organisation.” Robert Dobrzycki, Managing Partner Panattoni Europe, also made no secret of his satisfaction with the prestigious and lucky six, adding: “Establishing the special BTS Group in 2008 was one of the best strategic decisions we have made in the ten years of our presence in the European market.”

Zelmer, a manufacturer of Small Domestic Appliances, collected two awards, one for Marcin Tomkiewicz, who was voted Plant Manager of the Year, and another in the Business and Science category. Valeo, a leader in power and automation technologies that enable customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact picked up an award in the Quality Control category.

In the Special Economic Zone category, Katowice Special Economic Zone, covering the four main cities in the Silesian region, was considered by the judges to be the best because of its very good transportation network, accessibility to neighbouring countries, very good access to qualified workforce, competitive greenfield prices, comparing to land prices outside the zone and its growing BPO/IT sector.

BorgWarner, a leader in providing trusted, innovative products and solutions for the automobile sector, Nexteer Automotive Poland, a global steering and driveline business, and Gonvarri Steel Polska, a Steel Service centre, were also among the award winners.

Aecom, a world-leading engineering design firm, picked up the evening’s first award in the Professional Service Provider category. Other Service providers awarded on the night included Cushman & Wakefield for Corporate Real Estate Consultancy and SPIE Polska won in the Facility Maintenance/Property Management category.

Tom Listowski, Partner, Head of Industrial Poland & CEE Corporate Client Relations, Cushman & Wakefield, said: “This award, which we are immensely proud to receive, confirms Cushman & Wakefield’s leading position in the industrial and logistics real estate sector in the CEE region. It proves that our dedicated and experienced team is committed to providing top-class advisory services which has been recognized by global manufacturers operating in the market. We would like to sincerely thank our clients for their continued trust and cooperation.”

Commenting on the event AECOM’s Ian Church, said: “Notwithstanding the fact that we won, it was an excellent means of efficiently meeting with the movers and shakers from the world of CEE manufacturing. The balanced mix of clients and service providers gave AECOM a really great forum in which to share what we are doing, and with whom.”

On behalf of our sponsors, judges and attendees, we offer our congratulations to all the winners. Foundations are already in place for next year’s event, which promises to be even better. The fourth annual CEE Manufacturing Excellence Awards will be held on June 16, 2016.