Britain’s manufacturing heroes named

Martin Tatton of Terex Trucks has been selected in The Manufacturer’s Top 100

The Manufacturer's annual awards for the 100 most inspirational individuals working in UK industry were announced at a gala reception at Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.

Now in its sixth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 project, run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education, publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing. Its goal is to help dispel popularly-held myths that vibrant manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past.

Martin Tatton, Projects and Facilities Engineer at Terex Trucks, attended the gala reception where he received this award and recognition saying “The key to any manufacturing success is to have people at the centre of it all. I’ve always been involved in new technologies and forward-thinking technologies, including our lighting and asset control system. I head up the Carbon Trust case study on new lighting with power line technology control. Our site in Motherwell won the 2018 LUX award for Industrial and Transport Lighting Project of the Year as the most outstanding project in the industrial and transport sector which I was proud to co-lead and take steps to become carbon neutral.”

Martin is a member of the IET, a PRINCE2 practitioner and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering management, he recently co-led a project to modernise the existing Terex Trucks’ Rigid assembly into a Volvo standard line now under the Volvo Group at Motherwell.

Martin Tatton Manufacturer Top 100 2019 Award

Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, from top floor to shop floor. From Young Pioneers who are establishing a new generation of makers in UK industry, to Bold Investors in New Markets developing new export markets for British goods. From the Inspiring Leaders and Drivers of Cultural Change, to the Innovators and Unsung Heroes, these are the people who put the Great into British manufacturing.

They are selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to young people aspiring to a career in industry; 100 unique and uplifting stories of struggle, grit, determination and success against all the odds, personal tales of individuals helping to drive UK manufacturing forward – and to change popular perceptions of careers in manufacturing and draw young people into sector.

Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report commented, “The individual stories in the report (available from are a compelling reminder of how strong and vibrant UK manufacturing really is. We need to keep saying that, because as a nation we seem to harbour the notion that no one in the UK makes things anymore, and young people are discouraged from considering careers in manufacturing. The truth is we do make things – we are the world’s 9th largest manufacturing nation – and careers are very well paid. But there are too few skilled young people coming through the system. It is on behalf of that new generation that we do this. We want to break down the decades-old prejudice against manufacturing. We want parents to get excited about recommending a career in manufacturing to their offspring, not see it (so erroneously) as an occupation of last resort. We must not let the prejudices of yesterday poison the opportunities of tomorrow.”