2019 Supporters

The HMA Supporters’ Foundation is for smaller organisations who wish to actively support regional manufacturing and to be acknowledged and profiled as a ‘SUPPORTER’.

HMA Commitment to Supporters

  • 12 month contribution of $500 + GST
  • 1 free ticket to the HMA awards
  • Company name recognised visually at the event
  • Invitations to and recognition at all HMA network functions (approx 3 per year)
  • Listed supporter’s recognition on the HMA website for the 12 month period
  • Access to data base through HMA for ‘value propositions’ to regional manufacturers

Advitech Group

Website: advitech.com.au


The Advitech Group is a leading provider of innovative technical solutions.  We are a collaboration of engineering, science, environment and technology companies with experience across heavy industry, mining, manufacturing, construction and commercial sectors.  Our multidisciplinary team of professionals apply their specialist skills and industry experience to meet business needs.  The Advitech Group currently includes:

  • Advitech – professional services in mechanical, civil, structural, chemical and process engineering, drafting, risk management, functional safety and project management.
  • Advitech Environmental – planning and assessment, culture and heritage, monitoring and reporting, sustainability, resource efficiency, waste management, carbon management and environmental engineering.
  • Advitech Shaw – specialist engineering and drafting services for the coal processing industry.
  • Novecom – software development and system integration specialist, providing leading edge environmental monitoring systems in key application areas including environmental noise, dust, meteorology, water quality and video surveillance.
  • Hushpak Engineering – manufacturer of noise control solutions for the mining, manufacturing and construction industries, including Hushclad® sound cladding and a range of custom noise attenuation components for mining machinery.


Website: ampcontrolgroup.com


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.


Website: austrade.gov.au


Austrade (Australian Trade Commission) helps Australians succeed in export  by providing advice, market intelligence and support in selecting, entering and developing international markets.  Austrade is represented by a strong international network of 157 dedicated offices in over 60 offshore markets.

Australian Industry Group

Website: aigroup.com.au

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is a peak industry association in Australia which along with its affiliates represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors including: manufacturing; engineering; construction; automotive; food; transport; information technology; telecommunications; call centres; labour hire; printing; defence; mining equipment and supplies; airlines; and other industries. The businesses which we represent employ more than 1 million employees.

Baker & Farrow

Website: bakfar.com.au

Baker & Farrow are a family owned and run industrial supply company servicing the Hunter region and beyond.

B&F have been servicing the area for over 30 years and have built a reputation for providing a high level of service. We offer a huge range of products for a wide range of industries. Product categories include – Abrasives, Cutting Tools, Hand & Power Tools, PPE and Safety, Cleaning & Washroom Products, Adhesives, Industrial Coatings, Packaging and many other industrial tools and consumables.

At B&F we have an experienced team of staff, which gives us an advantage when it comes to managing and supplying such an extensive range of products. We are proudly a member of the Industrial Supply Group (ISG) – a national buying group, giving us access to a network of suppliers and the benefits of bulk buying power.

B&F are committed to evolving our business to meet the needs of the ever changing industry and providing our customers with the best possible service.


Website: ipand.com.au


 IP& Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, is leading the way in providing innovative, cost effective, intellectual property services to the Hunter Region.

Our Patent Attorneys provide specialist advice in relation to patents, trade marks and designs, to ensure the protection of your intellectual property in Australia and internationally.

We have a range of innovative packaged solutions ranging from R&D Guidance, IP Auditing, Invention Assessment, International Patenting and IP enforcement.

IP& Patent Attorneys was founded in Newcastle to support the development of innovation in our region, providing individuals and businesses with a high quality affordable alternative to the established intellectual property firms.

For a complimentary consultation, please contact Andrew Caska on (02) 4910-4052 or visit our website at www.ipand.com.au


Commonwealth Bank

Website: commbank.com.au


The Commonwealth Bank is Australia’s leading provider of integrated financial services, including Retail, Premium, Business and Institutional Banking, Funds Management, Superannuation, Insurance, Investment and Share-Broking products and services.

The Business Banking team is comprised of skilled and dedicated Relationship Managers and Business Bankers located throughout the branch network, and are backed up by a team of Australian-based business experts available 24/7.  Through insights, experience and expertise, along with a comprehensive range of innovative products and services, CommBank can help move your business forward.

Courageous Consulting Pty Limited

Website: courageousconsulting.com.au

Courageous Consulting Pty Limited is a Business Transformation and Strategic Human Resources consultancy.  We partner with business to inspire their leaders, energise their employees and create customer focussed, high performing work cultures.

We combine our extensive experience with the latest research and a data-driven approach to specialise in:

  • Strategic Human Resources analysis, planning and execution
  • Tailored employee and customer engagement pathways to high performance
  • Alignment of culture and leadership capability with business improvement and lean
  • Aligning Strategy > Systems > Org Design > Role Design > Individual Capabilities
  • Individual and team performance coaching

Cowan Manufacturing

Website: cowanmfg.com.au

JFD COWAN is a welding specialist with strong core competencies in stainless steel, aluminium fabrication & sheet-metal work. Cowan specialises in design, manufacture & installation of Recompression Chambers, Decompression Chambers & other life support systems worldwide.

Custom Fluidpower

Website: custom.com.au


Custom Fluidpower is a wholly Australian owned company, offering a combination of hydraulic, pneumatic and lubrication products & services in the agricultural, aerospace, exploration, industrial, marine, mobile, mining & material handling industries.


DSI Underground

Website: dsiminingproducts.com/au


DSI Underground is Australia’s largest manufacturer and supplier of specialist strata reinforcement and post tensioning geotechnical  products to the underground mining and civil sectors.

To ensure efficient logistic and technical support within Australia, DSI Underground have branch offices and warehouses in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. These offices are close to the major mining regions in those states and staffed by experienced and passionate ground support professionals.

Overseas customers benefit from our purpose built container loading facility and export specific services, which include a streamline system of electronic documentation, load planning software, export compliant packaging and a range of logistic options from our dedicated export team.

Service and Support

The unique nature of many of the geotechnical support problems experienced requires the development of innovative and often specifically tailored solutions. DSI Underground utilise its multi-disciplinary team in partnership with the customer and consultants to identify possible solutions. The DSI Underground research and development laboratory test prototypes and staff conduct extensive field trials to provide products and solutions to meet customer needs. New products and strategies are delivered with comprehensive training to operators by our skilled staff to ensure the solution is all-inclusive, whenever and wherever required.

Local DSI Underground  technical service representatives are backed by our Newcastle team of engineers who have immediate access to the latest worldwide technology through the DSI Underground  global network. Underpinning this service is an R&D department which has been continually improving underground safety and productivity since the early 70’s. DSI Underground  also support and fund several mining research projects with Australian Universities.

Hedweld Group of Companies

Website: hedweld.com.au


Hedweld Group of Companies consists of Hedweld Engineering Pty Ltd, Hedweld USA Inc. and Mecensol Pty Ltd and has established itself as a world leader in the design and manufacture of mining equipment. Hedweld is known for its Trilift® range of workshop component handling equipment and the Safe-Away® range of Ladder and Stairway Access Systems. Hedweld markets and distributes a range of technologically advanced, innovative products specifically designed for the mining and earthmoving industries. Both product ranges offer high quality products specifically designed and built to improve safety and efficiency within these industries.

Hedweld now exports to 25 countries globally, setting new standards in safety and design. A global agent support network has allowed Hedweld to effectively export and support products in China, South Africa, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Columbia, while Hedweld USA Inc. supports the North American countries including Mexico, USA and Canada.

Hedweld is proud to be a local Hunter Valley manufacturer, operating in the industry for over 32 years.  Hedweld proudly supports the HMA awards and we would like to wish all entrants good luck in 2012!

For more information please contact us on (02) 65 740 000 or visit our site www.hedweld.com.au


Hunter Galvanising

Website: huntergal.com.au

ATB Morton is a leading, privately owned commercial construction company, headquartered in Newcastle, NSW. Established in 1981, the company has completed over 2000 projects across NSW & QLD totalling over $1bn.

ATB Morton’s success is founded on the ability to build long-term relationships with clients, partners and subcontractors, with the majority of our projects coming from repeat clients. Our experience covers a wide range of services, specialising in engineering & design, project management, steel fabrication, concrete and turnkey industrial construction.

We believe the quality of our people clearly differentiates ATB Morton from its competitors. We invest in our people to promote growth and development of the organisation to effectively and efficiently deliver smarter, safer, more innovative solutions on time and on budget.

ATB Morton is proud to support local industry sourcing 100% of our steel frames from Australian steel manufacturers.

ATB Morton is a member of the ATB Morton Group of companies consisting of a wide range of construction related services including: steel fabrication, galvanising, precast concrete, ready mixed concrete, sand, plant maintenance, electromechanical services, recruitment, high risk training, property development, property repairs & maintenance and signwriting.

For more information please contact us on 02 4961 6822 or visit our website www.atbmorton.com.au

Institute for Lean Systems

Website: theleanway.com


Institute for Lean Systems is recognised and respected globally for being at the forefront of enabling enterprise regeneration.

The Institute for Lean Systems (ILS) is an education, training, and enterprise regeneration academy that focuses on transforming businesses using the lean model.  We offer comprehensive lean education targeted at all levels of an organisations workforce. ILS partners with Swinburne University of Technology to deliver accredited training throughout Australia.

We believe the only way to achieve mastery is by demonstrating knowledge through outcome-orientated projects completed in the workplace.  To earn the certificates, every participant is required to complete rigorous transformation projects with the support of their senior management. Our programs provide rich, practical learning in a fully integrated program that weave together the technical, organisational, cultural, psychological, and financial threads that bind every organisation. The outcomes from these projects are substantial and significantly deliver value beyond the program investment.

We offer certification targeted at every level of your organisation.  All of our programs are created from a combined 80 years of experience and research into the inner workings of the world’s best organisations.

For a free consultation, please contact Dr Pat O’Flaherty on 0407906025


Website: http://leadci.com

LEAD C.I. are a leading business improvement consultancy. We develop your people’s leadership, management and continuous improvement skills and capabilities to enable your organisation to achieve its vision and purpose.

Lead CI was established in 2015 to bring together the capability of our team to help businesses achieve excellence and compete in a global world. Our team are experienced professionals with over 20 years management and consulting experience. We are committed to delivering high quality results and building sustainable long term success with our clients.

Our approach covers all aspects within business and we work with all levels in an organisation to deliver the outcomes. As practitioners, we build capability based on real experiences and knowledge gained both internationally and within Australia. We recognise that solutions only have value, based on the cost of the problems they solve.

We work globally and have a significant track record in facilitating and leading change and continuous improvement in many business areas and industries. Our team are supporting a number of companies in the Hunter Region including Westrac, Arrium and Bulbeck, NIB and Nettko.

For more information visit www.leadci.com

Liberty OneSteel

Website: libertyonesteel.com

The Liberty Onesteel group of companies is an Australian steel and material business with revenues of around A$4 billion. In total Liberty Onesteel services more than 30,000 customers, offers more than 40,000 products and employs over 6000 people.

Liberty Onesteel is part of the GFG Alliance a global business operating in 30 countries with over 11000 employees owned by the British Gupta family.  The Alliance’s integrated business model encompasses mining, energy generation, metals and engineering, underpinned by industry-friendly financial services, a substantial property portfolio and a skills and education-focused charitable foundation.   Liberty Onesteel is vertically integrated having access to Iron Ore in Whyalla via the SIMEC group which is also part of the GFG Alliance.

Liberty Onesteel’s businesses represent a fully integrated manufacturer and distributor of steel and finished steel products, as well as a major steel recycler. Liberty Onesteel manufactures and distributes structural, rail, rod, merchant bar, cold finished bar, chrome plated bar, reinforcing, wire, tube, pipes and recycled metals.  The majority of Liberty Onesteel’s products are used in the construction, manufacturing, housing, mining and agricultural industries.

Liberty Onesteel’s major manufacturing facilities are located in Whyalla, South Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Western Sydney and Newcastle, New South Wales and Brisbane, Queensland.   Smaller manufacturing and distribution facilities are located thorough-out regional Australia.

Lindsay Dynan Engineering Consultants

Website: lindsaydynan.com


Lindsay Dynan is an engineering consultancy providing civil and structural services, renowned for working closely with our clients to understand all facets of project life and delivery.

Working in commercial, mining, manufacturing, light and heavy industries, transport, land development, energy, renewables and temporary works, our diverse team has the specialist skills to deliver quality results and build collaborative relationships with our clients. We have long lasting and ongoing relationships with our clients, which is testament to our commitment to innovate and deliver dynamic solutions in an ever changing environment.

Our team of highly experienced professionals provide the best possible solutions, by being responsive to our clients ever changing needs. Our aim at Lindsay Dynan is to make the client consultant engagement process ‘as easy as possible’, using authentic communication to deliver the highest quality, innovative service.

Lindsay Dynan has won many industry awards and strives to continue the highest standard of work whilst delivering practical outcomes for clients.

Lindsay Dynan is currently located in Sydney, Newcastle, Perth and the NSW Central Coast.

McEwan and Partners

Website: mcewans.com.au


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 – info@mcewans.com.au.

Melvelle Equipment Corp Pty Ltd

Website: melvelle.com.au

Melvelle Equipment Corp Pty Ltd is a specialist manufacturer and supplier of Railway Track Maintenance Equipment

  • national customer base from our manufacturing facility in Newcastle.
  • We use advanced manufacturing techniques and technology daily in our equipment design to support our locally manufactured products.
  • We are strongly focused on continual improvement and innovation to market our products to the world.
  • We aim to have 50% of revenue generated from export sales by 2023.
  • Long-term customer satisfaction and trust are created with our commitment to serve.
  • Our customer know we have an un-waving commitment to support them with a well-developed, quality product that will perform when they need it most.

Rexnord Australia

Website: www.rexnord.com

Mining Industry Solutions From purchase and installation to field monitoring and service, Rexnord helps maximize the uptime, productivity and profit of your mine. Whether mining hard rock or soft rock material, keep your mine producing with high-quality, mission-critical products. Mining expertise – Mine operators, equipment manufacturers and consulting engineers count on Rexnord to understand their applications, specify the right equipment and add value at every step. With you every step of the way – Count on Rexnord’s superior product quality, on-the-spot field service and industry-leading technical support to maximize your return over the product’s total lifecycle. Reliability – Rexnord is a leading manufacturer of a comprehensive portfolio of critical system components that perform under the most rigorous demands.

Rexnord is a leading manufacturer of critical system components that perform under the most rigorous demands in your mining applications, including gear reducers, bearings, shaft locking devices, chain and couplings. With safety in mind, our products are engineered to meet cost and performance criteria to ensure the most efficient solution for specific applications. From purchase and installation to testing, monitoring, repair and overhauls, Rexnord provides outstanding lead times and customer service. Count on our superior product quality, on-the-spot field service and industry-leading technical support to prevent costly maintenance, repairs and shutdowns, maximizing your return over the product’s total lifecycle. With sales and service operations locally in Australia and mining regions worldwide, along with a vast network of distributor relationships, we deliver exactly what you need, when you need it.

Scorpion International

Website: scorpioninternational.com


Scorpion International a Division of Powerhouse Logistics

Scorpion International is committed to the region’s manufacturing sector, a proud service provider to region’s manufacturing businesses and was honoured to Sponsor the Marketing category of the 2009 HMA Awards.

As a Hunter based international freight forwarder and customs broking service provider, we value and understand that every company has very specific and individual import and export requirements and tailor our services to the varied and often complex international logistics process, to our clients’ time and cost benefit and enhance their global advantage.

A total service range including customs formalities, quarantine and government compliance, storage, insurance, international and local delivery options and all aspects of air and seafreight services, including project cargo management, are covered by our team both here in the Hunter, nationally through the Powerhouse Group and through our international agent networks.

Our strategy: To provide excellence in international freight forwarding and form valuable partnerships with and for our clients, to provide a competitive global advantage.

Our focus: meeting and exceeding customer expectations –

  • Competitive pricing
  • Value

Our assurance: We have and will always pursue best practice and continuous improvement by developing services and options to suit and benefit the specific needs of our customers.

If you are considering international trade (import or export) please contact us for assistance, information and cost options. Phone 02 49 621234 or visit www.scorpioninternational.com.

Steber International

Website: steber.com.au


Steber International is a family owned business founded in 1946 operating on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia. The company is regarded as the premium manufacturer of commercial fibreglass vessels and composite components. Our boat refit program provides the complete refurbishment capabilities and we are proud to be Australian.

The company prides itself on quality and customer service with a diverse highly skilled workforce qualified in ship and boat building, engineering, electrical, and composite technology. We operate within our integrated management system encompassing Quality Assurance to ISO9001, Work Health and Safety and Environment.

We are committed to environmental sustainability and as part of our passion for sustainability we have a program of constantly reducing waste, minimising power consumption and engaging all our employees as part of the process.

Our manufacturing plant is on a 4 acre site with approximately 2 acres under cover. The facility has designated areas of composite manufacture, construction, fitout, engineering, sheet metal (stainless steel and aluminium) and internal cabinetry, furniture upholstery manufacturing facilities and boat refits area.

Our core business of composite component manufacture is all undertaken in our climate controlled factory ensuring all laminating is carried out within humidity and temperature parameters allowing 24 hour production when required.



Website: thre3dp.com.au

Thre3Dp is a supplier of high quality 3D printing filament for Industry, Education, Entrepreneurs and Hobbyists. Thre3dp understands the requirements of industry as it is a part of industry.

We are committed to helping everyone unleash there inner designer potential through additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping.  We think ahead!



Website: varleygroup.com


Varley is one of Newcastle’s oldest and most advanced engineering companies, providing a comprehensive range of services and products to a wide variety of major industries. Vast project experience enables delivery of innovative design, manufacture, testing, documentation, and life of type service in industries such as:

  • Defence and Aerospace
  • Specialised Vehicles
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Power Services
  • Marine & Industrial
  • Rail

For more information please contact us on (02) 4964 0400 or visit www.varleygroup.com

Wilde Legal

Website: wildelegal.com.au


Wilde Legal is a boutique commercial litigation firm. We provide timely, accessible advice tailored to the specific needs of our clients. Wilde Legal is particularly adept at providing preventative legal advice, to protect assets and minimise risk for our clients and their businesses.

The Wilde Legal team has a wealth of experience in litigation, with a particular interest in mining law, construction and intellectual property that arises from our team’s experience at the bench, top tier and in-house.