Thank you to our HMA 2021 Sponsors


Downer (2021 Major Sponsor)

Category: Manufacturer Of The Year – 50 or more Employees


Downer is an ASX 100 company that provides comprehensive engineering, design, construction, maintenance and management services to the infrastructure, energy and resources sectors across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific.

Downer has been part of the Hunter region for more than 100 years and has played a key role in the Hunter’s manufacturing industry. Of the Group’s 21,000 people, nearly 1,000 of the team are providing critical infrastructure services at key locations throughout the Hunter Region.

One of the Group’s largest projects, the Waratah fleet PPP, is currently being delivered out of Downer’s Rail Manufacturing facility at Cardiff. The project is for 626 new passenger cars for the NSW Government, providing a significant boost to the Hunter economy and confirming the Hunter Region as the rail manufacturing centre of NSW. This project is the largest passenger train order in Australian history and is generating more than 500 jobs and significant apprenticeship opportunities in Newcastle and the Hunter.

This is the 11th year the Group has been a proud sponsor of HMA . For more information visit www.downergroup.com.


Hedweld Group

Video Sponsor

Established in 1980 the Hedweld Group of Companies is now a world leader in the design and manufacture of mining products. Known for its Trilift range of component handling equipment, Safe-Away range of access systems and Milbrotec agricultural innovations. All ranges offer high quality products specifically designed and built to improve safety and efficiency. To keep pace with the ever-changing developments in heavy machinery, Hedweld works closely with other OEM’s to custom design its innovative products.

With a global network of Agents, Hedweld exports to and supports products in 35 countries within Asia, South Africa, North and Latin America. Hedweld are a proud Australian family run advanced manufacturing business.

For more information, please contact us on 02 6574 0000 or visit www.hedweld.com.au


BAE Systems Australia

Category: Collaboration Partnership Award


BAE Systems Australia offers the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and security customers total capability in vital areas such as through-life support, security, logistics and systems integration.

For more than 60 years, we have been designing, integrating and maintaining systems for the ADF. A leading provider of total aerospace capability, we offer aerospace systems, integration, sustainment services and training solutions to defence, commercial aviation, security and other agencies.

We work hard to maximise Australian industry involvement in all of our projects and employ more than 4,000 people in urban, regional and remote locations across our country.


Category: Manufacturer of the Year – Less than 50 Employees

Sirron Holdings Group exists to support the vulnerable through charity and reward the efforts of our staff and shareholders.

We achieve this by profitably manufacturing and distributing sustainable products, equipment and services of high quality and performance. The companies that deliver those outcomes include Norris Industries, Zexa Clean Chemicals, Butler Equipment and Mahatmacane Finance.

At heart, we are a manufacturer of quality commercial dishwashing machines that are “built to last”. We have expanded our services to support the additional needs of the kitchens we serve. All this has developed over time, whilst achieving a balance between ethical, environmental and economic outcomes.

Through agility, reliability and intelligent partnerships, the Sirron Group aims to be the first choice supply source to every commercial and care establishment in Australia and New Zealand.

Our highest goal is to leave the place better than we found it. For further information on how our group of companies does that, visit us www.sirronholdings.com.au

Learn more about Sirron Holdings at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzNCnH4N82o 


Category: Excellence in Manufacturing Capability

The supplier of choice for mineral processing solutions.

McLanahan, a global supplier of mineral processing equipment, systems and solutions, offers a line of engineered products that have been proven across key mining and mineral applications across the globe. Driven by a culture of continuous improvement, our customers can be confident that McLanahan equipment will deliver the most effective solution available today and will be supported for its entire lifecycle.

McLanahan’s Australian office opened in Newcastle in 2003, quickly expanding to Mackay and Perth in support of our customers. Today these key locations have become the mining centres of excellence for our global mineral systems division.

For more information visit www.mclanahan.com.au or call 02 4924 8248.


Category: Outstanding Start-Up Award

Molycop is the leading manufacturer and supplier of grinding media to mining operations worldwide, with a global network of state-of-the-art grinding ball production facilities providing the product quality, supply assurance and technical support that our customer’s deserve.

Molycop’s manufacturing plant at Waratah has three major product lines; grinding media, rail products (wheels and axles), and a range of niche steel products which are supplied into the domestic and international mining, rail and manufacturing industry sectors.

On April 29, 2019 Molycop launched a new look and a new manifesto… adding a new chapter to a book that spans 100 years of amazing stories told by the many brilliant people that have worked and lived with Molycop.

Our customers operating strategy is very simple. A mine can never stop.  And we can’t stop either. We have to match that same intensity in everything we do. We are 100% committed to leveraging our global network of facilities, resources and people to provide what our customers need to be successful.

Our promise. We proudly stand side-by-side with the people who dedicate their lives to the discovery, exploration and development of precious resources in order to make daily life and the future brighter, for everyone. We value uncompromising safety, positively impacting local communities and greater environmental sustainability through every aspect of our company.To the ends of the earth. And back. We are Molycop.


Nupress Group

Category:  Excellence in Sustainable Operations

The Nupress Group has a “First Class” focus on business development and sustainability through investment in our people, our manufacturing technologies, our quality and our customer service.

“Supplying leading edge products with the latest technology to Mining, Building, Aerospace & Defence and now Medical.”

Our Toronto office manages the North American customer base with our Newcastle Head office and manufacturing facility leading the way.

Our People – A “First Class” commitment to our people through development, advancement, opportunity, safety and training.

Our Manufacturing Technologies – “First Class” implementation of “best practice” manufacturing methodologies through our commitment to the upgrade and technological advancement of our manufacturing facilities.

Our Customer Service – “First Class” customer service embracing clear communication and ensuring our client’s expectations are our key focus.

Our Quality – “First Class” focus on continual improvement of our people, our manufacturing technologies and our customer service abilities.

For more information visit www.nupress.com.au

R&R Murphy

Category: Manufacturing Leader Award

R&R Murphy Pty Ltd was  established in 2004 by Rod & Rose Murphy and is an award-winning company with a reputation for being a quality provider in metal fabrication and manufacturing  and specialises in a range of industries including Defence, Mining, Architecture,  Water filtration and Transport Maintenance.

We have a highly skilled workforce with our capabilities and skills varying from light sheet metal work  in stainless steel, aluminium and mild steel up to heavy fabrication in the same materials. We have a well equipped workshop with 3000 m² of workshop floor, we also hold triple ISO accreditation  for safety, quality, and environment, we also follow the lean manufacturing principals and maintain a fully integrated Business Management System.

We provide a flexible, adaptive and innovative service, working closely with our clients to create and design the best solutions for their needs.

We take pride in our people, our culture and our relationship with our clients and suppliers.

For more information: http:/www.rrmurphy.com/

Phone – 02 4920-6503

Whiteley Corporation

Category: Rising Star Award


Whiteley Corporation is the leading global innovator in medical and industrial cleaning products.

Whiteley Corporation is committed to world leading research and innovative product development in the field of hygiene, cleaning and infection control products. With over 80 years’ experience in manufacturing, Whiteley Corporation has built a reputation for exceptionally high standards of research, product innovation and development, distribution and technical support on a global scale.

Whiteley Corporation’s diverse range of specialty products are categorised under two divisions; Whiteley Medical and Whiteley Industrial. For further information contact our Product Support Hotline on 1800 833 566 or email whiteley@whiteley.com.au or visit the website at www.whiteley.com.au.


The Measured Marketer

Category: Excellence In Marketing Award


The Measured Marketer (TMM) is a boutique consultancy firm providing high-end strategic marketing and digital marketing advice and implementation. TMM supports businesses across a range of industries including Manufacturing, Property, Aged Care and Professional Services. Through our relationship with the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs’ programme, TMM has developed additional experience and specialist knowledge that is designed specifically to support businesses in Advanced Manufacturing, as well as other related industries such as Engineering Services and Information Technology.

Phone: 02 4989 6000  



Category: Excellence In Innovation Award

TAFE NSW is the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia. Each year, more than 430,000 students enrol in our courses and training. We aim to skill the workforce for the future through high quality, personalised education and training. TAFE NSW has a great reputation for industry and business partnerships. These connections ensure our students get the highest level of practical training, meaning we can provide a high quality, job-ready workforce. We are constantly adapting our courses and facilities to suit local community and industry needs.

We provide an extensive range of courses and qualifications to suit everyone from school leavers to career changers and businesses. We offer courses and short courses with qualifications from certificates to Diploma and Advanced Diploma level. TAFE NSW is also registered as a higher education provider and offers degree level programs.

We provide a range of study options from full-time to part-time study, online or face-to-face. TAFE NSW also offers the training and qualifications small businesses need to support growth. If you’re a larger business intent on developing your workforce skill set, we deliver customised training and accredited qualifications anywhere, anytime, and in delivery modes to suit you.




Category: Excellence In Building Workforce Capability for the Future Award

Boutique recruitment firm, specialising in Permanent, Temporary & Contract recruitment across the Accounting, Administration, Legal, Corporate Services, Engineering, Construction, Sales, Marketing, HR, Property and IT & Digital industries.




Category: Excellence In Product Design

Founded in 2002 to help businesses get the most from their software systems, Biscit is a recognised global leader in Epicor ERP.

At Biscit we understand that your software needs are as unique as your business.  We approach every implementation with an open mind, ready to build something which provides you with all of the power and stability of a global system with the flexibility and configuration that only an experienced and local partner can provide.

As an Epicor Alliance Partner, and globally recognised developers of ERP applications such as Epicor Mfg Wireless Warehouse (EMWW) and Epicor Mfg Proof of Delivery (POD), we are born problem solvers. We are passionate about getting to know our customers, and ensuring they have a positive experience with us from day one.

For more information visit www.biscit.com or call 1300 247 248.



Entertainment Sponsor

MLA Holdings Pty Ltd is one of Australia’s largest forklift companies, offering total material handling solutions to clients in all industries. We supply and maintain a comprehensive range of gas, diesel, petrol and battery electric forklifts for short or long-term rental or purchase nationwide.


2021 ‘In Kind’ Sponsors

Business Hunter

Business Hunter is the new name for the organisation formerly known as the Hunter Business Chamber. We are the largest regional peak business group in Australia, representing members across all business and industry sectors. Business Hunter is a not-for-profit member organisation dedicated to connecting people in business with what they need to succeed. We have been the voice of business in the Hunter since 1886. Our members are part of a network of more than 3,000 businesses across the region. That network includes members of 20 aligned local chambers across 10 local government areas. From main-street retailers to ASX 100 corporates, our member businesses power Australia’s strongest regional economy. 

Hunter Business Review


Hunter Business Publications is the leading specialist print information source for the Hunter business community. It keeps busy Hunter business people informed.


McEwan and Partners


McEwan and Partners are Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers established to assist business to achieve goals. We apply innovative solutions to innovative business  –  successful manufacturers think outside the square,and so do we.  Contact us at info@mcewans.com.au.

NCP Printing

NCP Printing is a commercial print media company, with facilities in Sydney and Newcastle, specialising in providing innovative print solutions. Established for over thirty five years, NCP Printing is known as a leader in the Australian print market.

NCP has an ongoing programme of commissioning modern plant, the latest in prepress print equipment and digital printing. Our in house support facilities include reproduction (with full digital direct to plate), finishing and binderyforms managementpackaginglogistics and computer print management.

For more information visit www.ncp.com.au or call 02 4926 1300.


2021 Associate Sponsors


Ampcontrol is one of Australia’s leading technology manufacturers to the mining, tunnelling and utilities sectors. Ampcontrol has created most of its innovative technology right here in the Hunter, with operations across the region and Australia. With a continued focus on excellence, product information and customer service, Ampcontrol is looking at new markets where its expertise can bring value. From engineering to specialist manufacturing, Ampcontrol is one of the few Australian owned fully integrated businesses that can both design and make its product – a fact it is very proud of.



Hornby Transport Services

HTS is a family-owned and run business beginning as a one truck, one operator business in the early 1970s. We first started carrying steel in Port Kembla for what was then the BHP Steelworks. Since starting over 50 years ago, the business has grown steadily with a deliberate focus on Safety, Customer Service, Innovation, Flexibility and Sustainability. The company now has substantial contracts with Major Blue-chip clients in the Industrial Sector. Our current fleet comprises of over 200 truck and trailer combinations which consist of flat tops, tautliners, aluminium b-double tippers, aluminium dog trailers and a range of steel body tippers, excavators as well as front end loaders, plus a network of over 30 subcontractors. Our aim is ZERO HARM at all times. This approach starts at the Managing Director and goes all the way through to the frontline operators to ensure the safety of our staff, subcontractors, customers and the general public.




HunterNet is pleased to be an Associate Sponsor of Hunter Manufacturing awards and to acknowledge and support the winner of the Outstanding Start-up Award by providing a complimentary 12 month Associate level membership of HunterNet. Widely recognised within Australian manufacturing and academia, HunterNet remain the most successful industry ‘cluster’ of its type across the nation.

The organisation involves over 120 companies, active in national and international infrastructure and asset management, energy and resources, defence, environment & sustainability and advanced manufacturing supply chains. Through its membership, HunterNet represents over 70,000 employees, and this offers the winner of the Outstanding Start-up Award the chance to leverage this wide, diverse and deep network to further advance its trajectory.




If you would like to consider a sponsorship of the Hunter Manufacturing Awards, please contact us by emailing info@hma.org.au or calling 0438 242 899.

HMA Commitment to Sponsors

  • Naming rights to your nominated award category on all HMA promotional material
  • Opportunity for self-promotion of award / category “Pleased to be associated with……”
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Awards night
  • Presentation to the winner of your sponsored award
  • First opportunity to renew sponsorship for the following year
  • Display of your logo on the audio visual presentation on the Awards night
  • Mention of your organisation in all pre-awards promotional material, media releases, website, post awards releases and publications
  • Promotional material and corporate banner / display at the Awards and HMA Events
  • Recognition of all HMA promotion of communication for the Award year
  • Marketing opportunity via the HMA database  i.e. a promo brochure sent via HMA for value propositions for regional manufacturing companies

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