Gold award! Invertek Drives - Manufacturer of the Year in Wales 2023

February 20, 2024
Gold award! Invertek Drives - Manufacturer of the Year in Wales 2023-0

Every year, several manufacturing companies make significant progress in their development. Often, these successes, innovations, or breakthroughs are nominated for various awards. We would like to congratulate our partner, Invertek Drives, on a worthy win in one of the UK's most prestigious B2B sector competitions. Read more about the Gold Award itself, the competition process, nominations, and winners in this article.

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What is the competition "Made in Wales Awards 2023"?

One of the aims "Made in Wales Awards 2023" competition is support and celebrate great products, innovations and ideas from businesses of all kinds and sizes in the Wales region. The competition is organized by Insider Media, the UK's most successful regional B2B media company. Insider Media regularly publishes six regional magazines and organizes over 140 market-leading events. It is noteworthy that Insider Media is the only regional news media with 140,000 subscribers. Additionally, its website is visited by more than 250,000 unique users. With a highly experienced team of employees, it stands out as a fast-growing and forward-looking company.

Manufacturer of the Year in Wales

Invetrek DrivesWe are delighted to announce that Invertek Drives has been shortlisted for "Manufacturer of the Year (over £25m)". The company was up against other major manufacturers including, Shortlisted, CAF, SPTS division of KLA Corporation and Safran Seats.

Receiving the award on behalf of Invertek were Shaun Dean (Chairman), Adrian Ellam (CEO), and Dr David Jones (Innovation Director)

Shaun said“It's our people who have achieved this award. Since acquiring Invertek in 2019, Sumitomo Heavy Industries has invested in the business and its people. Today, we can see the rewards of that and the hard work of our team" 

The 11 competition categories and their winners

Insider Media unique competition "Made in Wales Awards" celebrated great products, innovation, business success and working practices from Welsh manufacturing companies of all sizes. See the table below for all the categories, entrants and winners.


Categories Entrants Winners
Digital Technology Award Shortlisted, Pure Cyber, GPC Systems, Vindico, Control 2K, IAC,, Comgem DHG - Medical device maker DHG developed a mattress which uses artificial intelligence to determine and respond when a patient is at high risk of pressure ulcer development.
Food and Drink Award Shortlisted, Burns Pet Nutrition, Barti Rum, Spirit of Wales Distillery, Radnor Preserves, In the Welsh Wind Distillery,
Penderyn Distillery
Mallows Bottling – Drinks producer Mallows Bottling diversified into soft drinks production and secured a contract to make 60 million bottles of tonic water per year.
Manufacturing Future Talent Award Shortlisted, Safran Seats GB, Siltbuster, SPTS division of KLA Corporation IAC – an electrical control systems business, employs eight apprentices on its scheme which it developed with Newport and District Group Training Association.
Manufacturing Start-up Award Shortlisted, Río and Môr, Dryad Compact Syngas Solutions – Compact Syngas Solutions developed a process that generates hydrogen gas from waste wood and other non-recyclable materials. It secured £4m from the UK government's Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage Innovation Programme.
Manufacturing Innovation Award Shortlisted, Winslow Adaptics, 
LITELOK, FuelActive, Leggett & Platt Automotive, Ipsen Biopharm, Safran Seats GB, FSG Tool & Die
GOS Tool & Engineering Services  makes vehicles and equipment for railway work. It designed machinery to install 192 kilometres of electrical cables in tunnels below London.
Export Award Shortlisted, Genesis Biosciences, Limb-art, Medellux, Burns Pet Nutrition, BCB International, Penderyn Distillery, SPTS division of KLA Corporation Huntingdon Fusion Techniques – which makes pipe purging equipment, secured export orders with buyers including Intel, SpaceX and Blue Origin.
Apprentice of the Year

Shortlisted, Michael King, Teilan Loveluck, Ross Sykes, Siltbuster, Morgan Wheeler, Safran Seats GB, In the Welsh Wind Distillery, Customised Sheet Metal

Rhys Howells-Smith, IAC – takes time to support more junior apprentices, worked on engineering projects across South Wales, and was described by his employer as “a very practical individual with a logical mind".
Sustainable / Ethical Manufacturer Award Shortlisted, FuelActive, Winslow Adaptics, Safran Seats GB, IG Design, IAC, Nice-Pak International, Burns Pet Nutrition, Gaia Hire Burns Pet Nutrition Burns Pet Nutrition introduced cold fill manufacturing to reduce energy usage and developed plans to move to a carbon neutral partner for dry food manufacturing.
Medical, Life Sciences and Healthcare Award Shortlisted, DHG, Frontier Medical Group, Benson Viscometers, Genesis Biosciences Ipsen Biopharm Ipsen makes products to support neurological conditions. It increased capacity at its Wrexham site by 40 per cent through continual process optimisation and operational improvements.

Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m)

Shortlisted, Roperhurst, Customised Sheet Metal, IAC
LITELOK, Burns Pet Nutrition, Winslow Adaptics, GOS Tool & Engineering Services

BCB InternationalBCB International makes life-saving and protective equipment. It scaled up production of its FireDragon cooking fuel and grew its engineering team from one to four people.

Manufacturer of the Year (over £25m)

Shortlisted, CAF, SPTS division of KLA Corporation, Safran Seats  Invertek Drives – Invertek makes variable frequency drives. The company started an extension to its Welshpool plant which will enable it to more than triple production to over 1.2 million units a year.

Other nominations for Invertek Drives

Made in the UKWe would like to inform you that Invertek Drives has been shortlisted for another competition. This is the "Insider Made in the UK Awards 2024". The winners will be announced and the awards will be presented in Liverpool on 27 June 2024. The event will bring together some of the UK's best companies and organisations. We'll be sure to let you know how our partner fares in the competition.

Invertek Drives products

Invertek Drives ir pazīstams, kā viens no vadošajiem frekvences pārveidotāju ražotājiem. Uzņēmums paplašināja savu rūpnīcu, ļaujot vairākkārtēji palielināt ražošanas apjomu. Tas nodrošina plašu produktu sortimentu. Zemāk variet apskatīt Invertek Drives frekvenču pārveidotāju sērijas:

Invertek Drives is known as one of the leading manufacturers of variable speed drives. The company has expanded its factory, allowing it to increase production many times over. This has resulted in a wide range of products. Below you can see the Invertek Drives range of inverters:

Sērija Jauda Raksturojums
Invertek Optidrive E3 0,37 - 37 kW Easy control of all motor types
Invertek Optidrive P2 0,75 - 250 kW Advanced motor control for demanding applications
Invertek Optidrive Eco HVAC 0,75 - 250 kW Energy efficient fan & pump control
Invertek Optidrive Eco Pump 0,75 - 250 kW Energoefektīva vadība sūkņiem
Invertek Optidrive Elevator 0,75 - 37 kW Smooth, reliable carriage control


At the ZTF Lasma Warehouse, a wide range of power converters and frequency converters is available on-site. Our experienced engineers will provide the necessary consultation and recommend the most suitable model for your needs.

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