2018 Hunter Manufacturing Awards

2018 Hunter Manufacturing Awards

It was a night of the sensational 70’s for the 2018 Hunter Manufacturing Awards (HMA) held on Friday, 19th October 2018 at NEX Newcastle.

With a theme based on the 70’s, manufacturers in the Region were “too cool for cats”, “had flares”, knew how to “dig it” and “make it happen”.

2018 is the 14th year of the prestigious awards, that recognises and acknowledge excellence in manufacturing.

Scot Macdonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast officially opened the Awards.

HMA Chairman, Steven Smith welcomed guests and congratulated all the finalists on their tenacity and their ability to change in an ever-changing environment. Congratulations were also extended to Molycop who are celebrating 100 years of manufacturing and Whiteley Corporation celebrating 85 years.

Guests were entertained by ABBALANCHE with a range of ABBA favourites and many danced to the timeless tunes.

MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

MCLANAHAN CORPORATION

2018 Major Sponsor, DOWNER

Winner of the 2018 Manufacturer of the Year was McLANAHAN CORPORATION and was presented by DOWNER MAJOR SPONSOR REPRESENTATIVE, GAVIN FOSTER, GENERAL MANAGER – CARDIFF presented the Award to McLanahan’s Chris Knowles

HMA BOARD AWARD

R&R MURPHY

R&R MURPHY took out the 2018 HMA Board Award. Rod Murphy, Managing Director of R&R MURPHY, accepted the award on behalf of his company.

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

JAKE DENTON

Sponsor, BAE Systems

2018 APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR – MANUFACTURING went to JAKE DENTON from Molycop.

The Award was accepted by Daniel Hodges, Molycop, on behalf of Jake Denton and presented by sponsor, BAE Systems – Andrew Chapman

HIGHLY COMMENDED WAS AWARDED TO DANIEL BEAVAN FROM ORIGIN ENERGY – HUNTER VALLEY TRAINING COMPANY.

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

WHITELEY CORPORATION

Sponsor, Davies, Coolison Cave

Winner of the Excellence in Innovation was awarded to WHITELEY CORPORATION for their SURFEX product.

Lauren Eade, from Sponsor, Davies, Coolison Cave presented the Award to Whiteley’s Phil Clulow

HIGHLY COMMENDED went to R&R MURPHY AND MELVELLE EQUIPMENT received highly commended in the innovation category.

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCT DESIGN

NORRIS INDUSTRIES

EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCT DESIGN was awarded to Caves Beach dishwasher manufacturer, NORRIS INDUSTRIES, a Subsidiary of SIRRON HOLDINGS. STEVEN WELLER FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE presented the award to General Manager, Greg Gates.

HIGHLY COMMENDED was awarded to MELVELLE EQUIPMENT for their Rapid Response Self Propelled Rail Trolley

EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY

CATAVOLT

Sponsor, Nupress Group

Excellence in TECHNOLOGY – sponsored by NUPRESS GROUP was awarded to CATAVOLT.

Jon Eggenhuizen, Catavolt, accepted the Award from Sponsor, Nupress Group’s Murray Clair.

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING PROCESS

NUPRESS GROUP

Sponsor, Kmandt

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING PROCESS – sponsored by KMANDT and was awarded to NUPRESS GROUP and MURRAY CLAIR, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NUPRESS GROUP accepted the award.

HIGHLY COMMENDED was awarded to BRIDON BEKAERT for the Manufacturing Process category.

EXCELLENCE IN EXPORT OF MANUFACTURED GOODS

R&R MURPHY

Sponsor, NSW Government

EXCELLENCE IN EXPORT OF MANUFACTURED GOODS – sponsored by NSW GOVERNMENT was awarded to R&R MURPHY. Paliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, Scot Macdonald and Tony Sansom, Deputy Regional Manager for Hunter and Central Coast, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, presented the award to Rod Murphy from R&R Murphy

RISING STAR

LEWIS PENFOLD – LIBERTY ONSTEEL

Sponsor, Whiteley Corporation

The 2018 RISING STAR AWARD, BY SPONSORED BY WHITELEY CORPORATION was awarded to LEWIS PENFOLD – LIBERTY ONESTEEL – NEWCASTLE ROD MILL.

HIGHLY COMMENDED for the Rising Star Award went to Thomas McMillan from LIBERTY ONESTEEL – WIRE

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING

MCLANAHAN CORPORATION

Sponsor, The Measured Marketer

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING – sponsored by THE MEASURED MARKETER was awarded to McLANAHAN CORPORATION

Two HIGHLY COMMENDED were given – one to mother and joey and the other to LIBERTY ONESTEEL – WIRE

EXCELLENCE IN PEOPLE & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

DSI UNDERGROUND

Sponsor, Bridon Bekaert

Lynette Corcoran from Bridon Bekaert presented the award to Britt Cook, HR & Organisational Development Manager, DSI UNDERGROUND

HIGHLY COMMENDED was awarded to MOLYCOPY on their submission.

ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE

LIBERTY ONESTEEL – NEWCASTLE WIRE

Sponsor, Quarry Mining

ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE SPONSORED BY QUARRY MINING was awarded to LIBERTY ONESTEEL – NEWCASTLE WIRE.

Stephen Elliott, Deputy Chair of HMA presented the Award to Greg Jones, Liberty Onesteel Wire

MOLYCOP was awarded a HIGHLY COMMENDED

EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY

LIBERTY ONESTEEL – NEWCASTLE WIRE

Sponsor, R&R Murphy

EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY , sponsored R&R MURPHY was awarded to LIBERTY ONESTEEL – NEWCASTLE WIRE.

HIGHLY COMMENDED for the safety category was awarded to MOLYCOP for their ‘HIGH PERFORMANCE THINKING PROGRAM’

MOLYCOP was awarded a HIGHLY COMMENDED

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