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29 September 2005

GROUP LOTUS PLC IS NAMED "WORLD CLASS MANUFACTURER" OF THE YEAR 



The Manufacturer Magazine ranks Group Lotus Plc as No. 1

Group Lotus plc is celebrating after winning The Manufacturer Magazine's "World Class Manufacturer of the Year" 2005 Award last night (Wednesday 28th September 2005).

At a glittering ceremony held at the International Centre in Telford, Group Lotus plc beat off tough competition from fellow finalists JCB and E. C. De Witt to be crowned "World Class Manufacturer of the Year" by The Manufacturer Magazine. A total of 13 judges decided who would win this hotly contested award, with Group Lotus plc emerging victorious.

Clive Dopson, Managing Director of Lotus Cars, commented: "We are delighted to have won this highly regarded 'World Class Manufacturer of the Year' 2005 award. It is a real testament to our staff who have worked relentlessly to raise the standards of manufacturing, and we are committed to continually looking at ways to improve in the future to ensure we remain a 'World Class' Manufacturer."

Luke Bennett, Head of Manufacturing for Group Lotus Plc, added:
"This is a fantastic achievement for Group Lotus plc and reflects the top quality workmanship we have at our manufacturing facilities. Each Lotus car is hand crafted, with only one robot in use at our factory in Hethel, Norfolk. We are extremely proud to use local, skilled technicians to produce our cars, and I feel this award highlights our ability to produce top quality world-class sportscars."