Rod Murphy, managing director of Gateshead-based metal fabricator R&R Murphy, was humbled and honoured to take out the HMA Board Award at the 14th annual HMA Awards on October 19.
One of two major overall awards handed out on the night, Mr Murphy accepted on behalf of his team, to whom he says his company owes all it’s success.
“It’s the second highest award given out on the night, and all the finalists were of extremely high calibre, so to be selected and hear what the judges said was very humbling,” Mr Murphy said.
“We’ve very fortunate to have a fantastic team at R&R Murphy. They give me 200 per cent and when I went up on stage, I was collecting that award for those guys. They are the real heroes and I thank them for what they do.”
R&R Murphy, Manufacturer of the Year in 2016, specialise in any type of metal work, from light-weight sheet metal up to heavy fabrication, exporting to over 20 countries across a range of industries, utilising a unique range of skill sets.
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They were nominated this year in two categories: Export, and Innovation.
They won the Excellence in the Export of Manufactured Goods category and were highly commended in the Innovation category, for their solar-powered coffee cart.
As it turned out, they won the Board prize for their solar-powered coffee cart – an environmentally sustainable coffee shop mounted on a three-wheel bike.
The HMA Board Award is a discretionary honour that seeks to reward and encourage small to medium-sized companies in their endeavours to innovate and expand.
“Rod Murphy has reinvigorated his business with the design of the coffee cart,” judges said. “The ability to think outside the square, is, in the judge’s opinion, one of the most stimulating HMA submissions received.”
The winner receives an overseas trip to to an international event or trade expo that will assist the company to expand, grow and showcase themselves in the global marketplace.
“II'll use the trip to research robotic welding and see what technology is out there and what might suit R&R Murphy,” Mr Murphy said.