2019 HUNTER MANUFACTURING AWARDS’ WINNERS
‘IT’S TIME TO SHINE’
The Hunter Manufacturing Awards Inc. (HMA) celebrated its 15th year of the prestigious manufacturing awards, that recognises and acknowledges manufacturing in the Region of the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid North Coast.
At a gala event, held on Friday, 11th October, HMA Chairman, Steven Smith welcomed guests and congratulated all the FINALISTS. He said – “Our finalists this year represent the diversity of manufacturing in our region – from large, long established organisations through to much younger firms in the early stages of their business journey. They also represent the diversity of products made in the Hunter – from well-known steel and chemicals to lesser known scientific, medical and educational products.”
Appreciation and thanks were extended to Downer, Major Sponsor for the 12th year and it was reiterated that without companies such as Downer, it would be difficult for HMA to continue to provide the recognition our Region’s manufacturers deserve.
Infrabuild Wire were welcomed as the 2019 Dinner Sponsor. Congratulations were extended to Infrabuild Wire who are celebrating 100 years of manufacturing.
Steven Smith said – ‘Manufacturing is very much part of this region’s DNA. The Hunter has a long and proud history of makers, which has positioned it to harness many diverse and exciting opportunities. The face of manufacturing is continually changing – with new technologies, sophisticated supply chains and intense global competition, to name a few. And, pleasingly, many manufacturers in our Region are not only keeping pace – they are leading the way nationally and internationally.
In order to stay relevant to the Region’s manufacturing sector, the Board recognised the need to consider the future of HMA and establish a strategy that would ensure the awards program was reflective of the contemporary nature of manufacturing moving forward into the 2020’s. So, in late 2018 a framework was agreed on and a strategy was developed that would be driven by the new defined purpose of inspiring vibrant and enduring manufacturing in the Hunter.
The Awards program will remain the key focus of activities and given the breadth and diversity of the organisations that HMA participates with, the Board believes more can be offered. HMA, will seek to offer the sector greater opportunities for engagement and partnership with industry leaders through various initiatives. An example of one of those initiatives is HMA INSIGHTS, featuring leaders and innovators in Hunter manufacturing, who inspire and encourage excellence in the sector and are invited to speak and inspire and motivate others.
The increasing prevalence of collaboration between organisations to achieve outcomes that would not readily be achieved through traditional contracting arrangements will also be encouraged with a special collaboration-based award category being introduced in 2020 specifically to recognise collaboration between a manufacturer and an enabling company.”