Viscose Closures, a leading manufacturer of tamper evidence and packaging solutions, has won a leading business award in recognition of its manufacturing capabilities and agility during the pandemic.

The Swansea-based manufacturer was among 49 businesses to be named as finalists in this year’s highly anticipated Insider Media Made in Wales awards, celebrating the country’s most innovative and dynamic manufacturers.

Viscose Closures has won the ‘Manufacturer of the Year (Under £25m)’ award, recognising the company’s agility and excellent customer service during the pandemic and following the end of the Brexit transition period. The judges also noted Viscose’s success in identifying and distributing to new market sectors during the year.

The award was presented virtually to Viscose Closures by David Biggs of STEM recruitment firm Hunter Selection in a digital ceremony on Thursday April 15.

The ceremony was preceded by an online manufacturing forum hosted by Insider Wales’ Douglas Friedli which discussed the challenges and opportunities that the Welsh manufacturing industry has faced over the last year.

Viscose Closures’ CEO Vince Minchella was one of the speakers at the forum, joining Radnor Preserves’ Joanna Morgan, Ruth Lee Ltd’s Paul McDonnell and Make UK – Wales’ Janis Richards.

Vince shared how Viscose Closures introduced effective remote and adapted on-site working practices to maintain customer service levels, responding to demand and changes such as onshoring supply chains. The manufacturer’s innovative sustainability vision and commitment to providing opportunities for young talent were also discussed.

Vince Minchella, CEO of Viscose Closures, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ in the Made in Wales awards, recognising our specialist work and successes in new markets over the last year. We think of the Viscose team as a family and this award reflects the dedication and commitment of every single member of our team who ensure that we are at the forefront of manufacturing in Wales.”

Viscose Closures has been manufacturing film and cellulose tamper evidence solutions in the UK for over 125 years and in Swansea for 70 years.

Viscose has a strong commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of its manufactured product ranges by developing environmentally friendly packaging, using biodegradable, recyclable and compostable materials.