Thermo Fisher Scientific’s plant in Ecublens, Switzerland, has been awarded the 2015 Swiss Industrial Excellence Award, as chosen by an international jury of operations management professors from INSEAD and HEC Paris. The facility is also now a European Industrial Excellence Award finalist.

Thermo’s Ecublens plant manufacturers the company’s Scientific laboratory analyzers, including the ARL 9900, ARL iSpark, ARL 4460 and ARL PERFORM’X analyzers, as well as the Laboratory Automation SMS solutions.

According to Thermo, the Ecublens facility was recognised for its high level of product quality, as well as its practical process improvement philosophy and strong customer satisfaction scores. Additionally, auditors noted that the plant’s vision, mission, values and culture of continuous improvement were shared from senior leadership to employees on the factory floor, with a commitment to achieving common strategic goals.

Since 1995, the Industrial Excellence Award (IEA) competition has served as a benchmark for European competitiveness in the industrial and service sectors. The competition focuses on strategy deployment, recognising how organisations align distributed activities and knowledge to achieve common strategic goals. Each of the eight finalists for the 2015 European Industrial Excellence Award will present to a panel of academic judges at the WirtschaftsWoche Industrial Excellence Conference and Award event on 29 September in Ludwigsburg, Germany, with the winner announced at a gala dinner that night.