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MBi Is Awarded as Being One of the Top 100 Manufacturing Businesses in the UK

26th November 2018

Alistair Smit started Magic Box International in 2012 with his business partner Martino Basile. They were passionate about trying to improve the way hot water could be generated from a dedicated renewable product and how central heating systems could be improved. Existing products on the market had their limitations, so they created, designed, patented and started to manufacture in the UK different products that included versions of their Thermodynamic Hot Water Heat Pump that operated with A-rated efficiencies and could generate hot water day and night. The products have now won various awards and accolades, have appeared on TV shows like Grand Designs and are recognised on approved government schemes around the world. MBi now export the product to over 20 countries around the world. 

MBi is proud to have now been recognised as one of the Top 100 manufactures of the UK. The judges selected MBi from thousands of applicants as one of the best UK manufacturing has to offer and given the brilliance of modern manufacturing in this country that is really something. The awarded company and the individuals that run them are catalysts for change, they strive for innovation, the newest technologies and pioneering business models. They acclimatise, pivot and plunge forward as the markets and competition around them evolve. They are the driving force behind the country’s manufacturing renaissance, and to understand their journeys is to understand why it is truly exciting to be manufacturing in Britain commented Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report.

Now in its fifth 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. 

Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, from top floor to shop floor. Nick Peters, further commented, “The individual stories in the report published today (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.”

The Manufacturer Top 100 judging panel includes:

  • Paul Everitt, CEO, ADS
  • Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion Enter/Fashion Capital
  •  Nigel Fine, CEO, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO, The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Jane Robinson, Former Director Cutting Technologies
  • Harris Makatsoris, Professor of Manufacturing Operations, Cranfield University
  • Steve Evans, Director of Research, University of Cambridge
  • Bernard Molloy, Global Industrial Logistics Director, Unipart
  • James Selka, CEO, MTA
  • Carl Perrin, CEO, Institute for Future Transport & Cities
  • Colin Brown, CEO, Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • George Edwards, Founder, Gas- Sense Solutions
  • Bill Williams, Chief Executive, CEME Ltd
  • Stephen Phipson, CEO, EEF
  • Jan Ward CBE, CEO, Corrotherm International Ltd.
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