Celebrating individual achievement

13 November 2019, Exhibition Centre Liverpool

Produced by:
  • The Manufacturer Top 100 celebrates:
  • Inspiring Leaders
  • Bold Investors in New Markets
  • Drivers of Culture Change
  • Unsung Heroes
  • Young Pioneers
  • Innovator


The Manufacturer Top 100 are the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing, as nominated by The Manufacturer’s 158k-strong audience and the wider industrial community, and judged by our esteemed judging panel featuring leaders of industry, academic institutions and manufacturing associations.

Now in its sixth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 project publicly recognises the heroes of UK manufacturing, those who stand out for their contribution to changing the face of industry; finding new markets; making a marked investment in people, processes, technology and customers, or for making an impact disproportionate to their years.

Once again, we are scouring the length and breadth of the nation to find 100 of the greatest people working in manufacturing; 100 unique and uplifting stories of struggle, grit, determination, and success against all the odds, personal tales of individuals helping to change popular perceptions of careers in manufacturing and draw young people into sector.

Once the final cohort has been decided, The Manufacturer editorial team profile each Top 100 figure in a beautiful print publication, launched at a glittering networking reception during Digital Manufacturing Week.

The Manufacturer Top 100 print publication is distributed to every MP, numerous academic institutions, to The Manufacturer’s readership, and at every event to help spread the exciting stories of the industry.

Each year a new cohort is added to The Manufacturer Top 100 alumni – a dynamic 600+ strong community. They all have on thing in common and that is they have personally committed to The Manufacturer Top 100 Pledge – a series of actions that each alumni should take to help solve manufacturing’s talent challenge. The alumni have special privileges within The Manufacturer’s activities – including an annual chance to win a Cranfield Scholarship, complimentary VIP attendance to all Summit events, and invitation to join the Editorial Advisory Board.

The Manufacturer Top 100 is part of Digital Manufacturing Week, an annual celebration of UK manufacturing that brings together technology, finance and advanced manufacturing - in Liverpool City Region, the UK’s biggest advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

Digital Manufacturing Week is organised by The Manufacturer magazine, which for 20 years has connected ideas, talent and opportunity among our 144,000+ strong reader community.