2018 Sponsors

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……”
  • Three 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

Downer (2018 Major Sponsor)

Category: Manufacturer Of The Year


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 5th year the Group has been a proud sponsor of HMA . For more information visit www.downergroup.com.

Davies Collison Cave

Category: Excellence In Innovation


Davies Collison Cave (DCC) has beem supporting the growth and development of innovation in the Hunter for over a decade.

Providing expert advice and services for all aspects of intellectual property (IP), our professionals have the experience, commitment and a broad range of engineering, science and technology backgrounds to ensure your IP is protected.

As Australia’s leading IP legal practice, we offer and extensive range of services for:

For a complimentary initial consultation, please contact Damon Henshaw on (02) 4960 8366.

BAE Systems Australia

Category: Apprentice Of  The Year – Manufacturing


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.

helloworld Business Travel Newcastle

Category: HMA Board Award and Incentive Prize



Helloworld Business Travel Newcastle is a specialist department of the Hunter Travel Group (HTG).

HTG is a multi-award winning travel agency group, the largest branded member of the Helloworld Travel Network, and one of the largest privately owned and  managed travel agency groups in Australia.

Commencing operations in 1999, the Hunter Travel Group (HTG) began with one office in Toronto, NSW. And we are now a team of over 180 travel professionals working in 25  locations in the Hunter Region, NSW, TAS, VIC, WA, QLD, and  ACT.

Our business travel team is supported by specialist groups & Events, Leisure & Cruise teams.

The travel management team oversee all areas of our travel services, helping your business to understand, control and manage your travel expenditure.

As a partner of the HMA we do offer an exclusive fare advantage program for HMA members, and can tailor a solution to suit your business needs offering both an Online booking solution and the backing of a dedicated team of experienced travel advisors.

At Helloworld Business Travel Newcastle we strive to go above and beyond to ensure that your business receives excellence in customer service, and support from start to end for every travel experience

For further information visit www.htg.com.au

Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group

Category: Excellence In People And Skills Development


Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG) is the world’s premier supplier of mission-critical advanced cords and ropes. As a leading innovator, developer and producer of high performance ropes and advanced cords globally, the Group provides superior value solutions to the oil and  gas, mining, crane, elevator and other industrial sectors. Bekaert Ropes Group has a global manufacturing footprint and employs approximately 2,500 people worldwide.

Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG) Australia has a long and proud history of rope making in Australia, with over 90 years’ experience at the Mayfield East site as a trusted manufacturer and supplier of reliable rope solutions for Mining, Construction, Marine, and other industrial applications including Road safety barriers.

Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG)’s story is one of experience, evolution and continual development in equipment, technology, differentiated products and service to our valued customers.  www.Bridon-Bekaert.com


Category: Excellence In Manufacturing Process

KM&T: Knowledge, Management and Transfer are a worldwide business improvement consultancy specialising in innovative business and operational performance improvement solutions.

KM&T Pty Ltd was established in 2005 and we are fast approaching our 10th anniversary. In that time we have had a consistent footprint in the Hunter Region working within the Rail and Mining industries to support companies such as Downer Rail, Yancoal and Sandvik.

The hands-on, sleeves rolled up approach that we are renowned for enables us to engage the shopfloor and middle management to implement sustainable change by creating internal capability within an organisation. We also recognise that the right business improvement solution must be designed and deployed in a customised manner to meet each client’s specific needs and at a pace which is sustainable.

Our most notable achievement in the Hunter Region is our long-term partnership with Downer which includes supporting the successful delivery of the Waratah Train Project out of Cardiff. This project has significantly boosted the Hunter economy and established the Cardiff facility as the rail manufacturing centre of excellence for NSW.

For more information visit www.kmandt.com


Category: 2018 DINNER SPONSOR

Moly-Cop is a global market leader in the production and supply of grinding medial and has built a strong reputation over many years for outstanding service, industry knowledge and trusted supply. Moly-Cop produces high quality products with maximum durability, designed to resist wear and deliver exceptional performance to mining assets. These businesses supply direct to mining companies and manufacturing suppliers to the mining industry.

Moly-Cop’s nine grinding media operations are strategically located around the world to service the growing global mining industry particularly in copper, gold and iron ore sectors. Moly-Cop’s locations are in Chile, Peru, Mexico, USA, Canada, Indonesia and Australia.

The Railway Wheels & Forge business is an industry leader in high performance rail wheels, axles and wheel sets, and has the ability to deliver its Comsteel range of products to both domestic and international markets.

Moly-Cop Ropes is the largest supplier of wire ropes to the mining industry in Australia with over 85 years of experience. Moly-Cop Ropes services the mining industry through key strategic initiatives such as Total Ropes Management (TRM).

These business supply direct to mining companies and manufacturing suppliers to the mining industry.



Category:  Excellence in Technology


Quarry Mining

Category: Environmental Excellence


Quarry Mining is an Australian manufacturer and supplier of drilling consumables to Australia’s coal mines and tunnel infrastructure projects.

Over the past 30 years, Quarry Mining has built a reputation for consistently delivering a precision made and hardwearing product. All our products are manufactured using only the highest quality steels, tungsten carbide and PCD available.

We provide the highest quality Australian made product, and are a company that continually invests in Research and Development to ensure our clients have access to the most up to date drilling technology available. We place a strong focus on the continual improvement of products aimed at making very real gains in extending product life, increasing productivity, reducing costs and making mining safer. To date we have a list of products that achieve these outcomes and that are exclusive to Quarry Mining.

Our commitment to quality is backed up by a customer service commitment that is unequalled in the industry. We understand that each project has its own specific solution. Quarry Mining’s team of drilling experts are available to go on site, providing technical advice, and customise a drilling solution that meets the exact requirements of the job. For more information visit www.quarrymining.com.

R&R Murphy

Category: Excellence In Safety

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




Category: Excellence In Marketing



University of Newcastle – Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Category: Excellence In  Product Design


The University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment is a research intensive faculty with an international reputation for excellence and a strong and vibrant research culture and dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships with industry and other significant institutions / organisations to maximise research outcomes.

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.

2018 ‘In Kind’ Sponsors

Hunter Research Foundation Centre

Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre, which opened in January 2017, is a multi-disciplinary research centre focused on building economic and social strength in cities and regions undergoing profound change.
Leading researchers work with industry, government and the community to provide socio-economic research and analysis across sectors including health, engineering, energy and the environment. The Centre is the result of a partnership forged between the long-standing Hunter Research Foundation and Newcastle’s world-class university.

HRF Centre publishes the Hunter Region Economic Indicators publication quarterly, releasing the results at the Hunter Economic Breakfast in Newcastle. It also publishes the Upper Hunter Economic Indicators and releases results at the Upper Hunter Economic Breakfast every six months.

Join HRF Centre’s mailing list, find out about events or access Hunter research findings at www.newcastle.edu.au/hrfc

Call to find out more or discover how the Centre can assist you with your research needs on 02 4985 4304

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Hunter Business Chamber


Hunter Business Chamber is the independent representative organisation for Australia’s largest regional business community. The Business Chamber is an advisor, a forum, a source of information and a point of access for its members. The Chamber provides to its 1000 members a comprehensive range of services including lobbying, advocacy, networking and advice including workplace relations, business advice and training. www.hunterbusinesschamber.com.au

Hunter Business Publications


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.