Drallim takes Gold at prestigious regional business awards

Drallim Industries, a St Leonards-based manufacturer of monitoring systems for emergency valves, high voltage cables and telecommunications cables, has won regional recognition at this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

Drallim Industries won the Innovation Award, sponsored by HVM Catapult. This award celebrates manufacturing innovation whether demonstrated through product development or operating practices that have driven greater productivity, efficiency or business growth.

Drallim Industries was up against stiff competition from a range of innovative businesses - small and large - from across the region. It was selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics after impressing them with their innovation that allows for a 24/7 digital world where consumers are constantly pushing the boundaries of what communications technology can offer.

With the regional title now secured, Drallim Industries will now go on to compete for the national title at an awards gala dinner in London in January next year.

Dave Mooney, Managing Director at Drallim Industries, says:

This award is testament to our hard working and dedicated team, and their relationships with our Customers; we are delighted to have won. It puts us on the map as a modern and innovative company and goes some way to demonstrate the valuable contribution made by local manufacturers, like ourselves, to our region. We can’t wait to share this news with all our staff, customers and suppliers.

“It’s fantastic to get this far and now we’re all looking forward to the national finals in January to see how we measure up against the rest of the UK.”


Dick Elsy, Chief Executive at HVM Catapult,
says: “Innovation is at the heart of any successful company. It can drive efficiency and greater productivity, and of course lead to greater growth. Manufacturers lead the way in this. But it’s not without its challenges and this is why it is great to recognise and showcase outstanding innovation through this award. This award is justly deserved by

Drallim Industries for the huge steps they have taken to innovate. We wish them the best of luck for the national finals.” For more information about the awards visit: The eef website

The winners crest
The Manufacturer MX Awards 2016

Drallim shortlisted for The Manufacturer MX Awards 2016

A South East manufacturing business has been shortlisted in The Manufacturer MX Awards 2016.

Drallim Industries Limited will now go head to head with manufacturers across the country for the title of Innovation & Design.

The competition has been exceptionally tough this year, with a 23% increase in the number of entries compared to last year’s programme.

Entrants will now undergo the most rigorous judging process of any industry awards in the UK.

Companies shortlisted in nine of this year’s categories will receive a site visit assessment in September, where judges will witness the entrant’s manufacturing processes in action and carefully evaluate their findings against the criteria.

The remaining three categories will be judged at the IMechE in London on September 21, where finalists will present to a panel of industry experts. The demonstrations will be followed by an intense 30-minute question and answer session.

The process will conclude at The Manufacturer MX Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, at The Vox in Birmingham on November 2. Here, manufacturing leaders and the wider industrial community will come together to celebrate the award winners. This is the biggest annual celebration in the industry’s calendar and attracted almost 1,000 attendees in previous years.

Past winners range from SMEs to OEMs and have come from a diverse range of industries, for example: Lambert Engineering (The Manufacturer of the Year, 2015), Xtrac Ltd (The Manufacturer of the Year, 2014), Vaillant Group (Sustainable Manufacturing, 2014) and Sheffield Forgemasters International (Leadership and Strategy, 2013).

Dave Mooney, said: “We proudly promote British Engineering and stand out as being majority owned by an Employee Trust. Our Mission is to provide high quality, innovative design solutions to our customers; keeping skilled engineering jobs in the UK. We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Innovation & Design Award and are looking forward to the big event.” .


Nick Hussey, CEO of the Hennik Group, organisers of TMMX Awards said:
“We are delighted to present such a robust shortlist of wonderful manufacturing businesses. In several categories, entries are double those of 2015, and the total number of companies entering is up by almost 25%, with many companies entering multiple categories. To me, this demonstrates the breadth of their all-round manufacturing excellence.
All the shortlisted companies should be extremely proud that they have been selected against so much strong competition. The entry and shortlisting process is far more rigorous and evidence-based than any other industry awards programme and making it to the finals is a huge achievement. I’m looking forward to the site visits and meeting the individuals behind these extraordinary companies. I also look forward to seeing you all, and celebrating your success, at The Manufacturer MX Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 2 November.”

Philippa Oldham, Head of Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “The Manufacturer MX Awards not only celebrate the best in UK manufacturing, but taking part gives companies the opportunity to receive valuable advice, free of charge, from world class experts. Finalists and winners then receive a detailed and confidential business report written by the University of Durham. In a time of fierce competition in business, the feedback provided through the Manufacturing Excellence Awards could make the difference between a company’s success and failure.

“The judging panel is made up of over 30 highly experienced manufacturing experts and the rigorous process involves desk based judging, factory site visits and in interviews with the panel. This enables the judges to ensure that we are identifying the very best of UK industry.”

Richard Hill, Head of Manufacturing & Automotive Sector, NatWest, headline sponsor of TMMX Awards commented: “We’re once again delighted to be supporting the MX Awards, and celebrating our 10th year of working with The Manufacturer to showcase some outstanding achievements in the industry. The awards are a great demonstration of the expertise, innovation and diverse range of specialisms that make up the UK manufacturing sector.

NatWest has been supporting UK manufacturers for over 200 years. And has teams across the UK dedicated to providing specialist local advice to help businesses succeed with their ambitions. I’d like to wish all companies the best of luck and congratulate them for their contribution to the sector.”

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The Manufacturer Top 100

The Manufacturer Top 100 report has revealed its most influential individuals in UK Manufacturing.The project run by the Manufacturer magazine aims to dispel myths surrounding manufacturing and create a platform to champion and publicly identify dynamic leaders and innovators in the sector.

Mr & Mrs Mooney
Mr & Mrs Mooney

Local Hastings man Dave Mooney was one of the individuals who was nominated. Dave is an Engineer and Chartered Quality Professional who leads Drallim Industries as Managing Director. Drallim Industries are producers of specialist engineering equipment for the Aerospace, Industrial and Utilities markets.



Dave graduated from Sussex University as a Material Scientist and spent 20 years in corporate technical roles with BICC, Smiths Industries and BTR/Invensys; Dave then joined Drallim as Technical Director and for the last 10 years as MD he has been intensely proud to be running an independent, employee owned, British manufacturer with the mission: “Innovative people, engineering quality, niche products and contract services” Drallim have won four Manufacturer awards and Dave is now a regular member of “The Manufacturer” magazine awards judging panel and their Editorial Board.

Drallim is majority owned by the Millard Trust on behalf of the workforce. As a Trustee, Dave is dedicated to providing engineering employment opportunities for local people of all ages, including women, young people and disadvantaged groups. In recent months the workforce has increase by 20% (9 people) reflecting the strengthening economy.


Dave built three sales divisions, Aerospace, Industrial and Utilities, also acquiring four companies, giving a broad business base. Driving new product developments including, electrical, mechanical and electronic products has led to exporting niche products across the globe;including USA, Japan, India, and Hong Kong. Building long term personal relationships with customers such as BT, MoD and National Grid have been paramount to success. Continued product development, in tough times has brought new opportunities in the upturn especially for Aerospace Cargo Hooks and the new DACS energy saving unit for Utilities applications. Dave leads from the front and aims to inspire and influence the workforce in Hastings.

National Grid Gas Turn to the Rotary Selector Valve.

In 2010 National Grid Gas awarded Drallim the contract for the manufacture of 966 Slam shut Cabinets for their countrywide replacement program.The cabinets in conjunction with Slamshut Valves monitor the gas pressure and rapidly cut the flow of gas when the pressure in the system With ball valves in Slamshut Cabinets failing in the field at low temperatures the RSV passes tests at -40 Degrees Centigrade exceeds the set point and avoids overpressure of pipelines.

RSV for gauge cabinets

The ball valves used within the cabinet which were specified by National Grid Gas have been failing in the field at low temperatures and causing the Slamshut valves to trip and close.Drallim offered an easy retrofit solution utilizing the RSV which has passed temperature tests and is now approved for a replacement program. We are expecting the order for these valves and 200 newcabinets in the next couple of weeks with an expected contract value of over £1.2 million.

National Grid Gas are also considering the return of the majority of the cabinets to St. Leonards for this valve replacementwhich would add further value to the contract Current Installations have demonstrated electricity savings of up to 90%, providing users with a typical payback of >3 years when using a 230V 100W heater.

Field based control enclosures mounted outside are susceptible to the effects of temperature and humidity changes thatcan cause condensation to occur which will shorten the life of components as well as making the equipment dangerous. To prevent this, manufacturers will often include an enclosure heater as part of the design. This will typically be in the range of 60 -120 Watts, powered continuously, even when not required.

However, to combat the rising costs of energy, Drallim Industries have developed the Drallim Anti- Condensation System (DACS), which eliminates wasted energy, thereby lowering your carbon footprint and reducing your operation costs.The DACS is a microprocessor based system which simultaneously monitors the ambient air temperature and the dew point within a control enclosure to ensure powered up only at the appropriate time to maintain condensation-free operation.

In March 2014 we received a purchase order to the value of over £200,000 for 750 DACS (Master) units and 800 DACS-Ex (Slave) units. Production has worked very hard to complete this order for despatch by the end of June. This is the first of what we hope will be many orders for this product line, not only from National Grid but from the wider world.

Epicor Customer, Drallim Industries Wins Young Manufacturer of the Year at The Manufacturer Awards 2011

Named Finalist for IT in Manufacturing and SME Manufacturer of the Year Categories LIVERMORE, Calif. and LONDON, November 15, 2011 -- Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organisations, today announced that its UK manufacturing customer, Drallim Industries, has won the Young Manufacturer of the Year category of The Manufacturer Awards, held in Manchester on November 9.

Young Manufacturer of the Year

In addition, the company was a finalist in the IT in Manufacturing and SME Manufacturer of the Year categories. Joe Miller, projects and purchasing assistant at Drallim Industries, was recognised at the awards for his professionalism and high level of responsibility at just 23 years old. We are all tremendously proud of how well Joe has done up against so much competition from significantly larger organisations, said Dave Mooney, managing director at Drallim Industries. He is a real credit to Drallim. To win this award and be recognised as a finalist in two other categories is a fantastic recognition of what Drallim Industries has achieved from a change management and technology perspective, said Mark Hughes, sales director for Epicor.

The company has been transformed through acquisitions and technology changes but has maintained extremely high standards throughout, never losing sight of its staff and customers. Congratulations to Joe Miller, managing director Dave Mooney, and all at Drallim Industries.

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