Hunter Manufacturing Awards (HMA) positioned the highlight squarely on the area’s world alternatives when it launched its 2023 marketing campaign on Wednesday at MITS Alloy in Newcastle’s Mayfield North.
It was a becoming venue given HMA’s theme this yr is “made within the Hunter, for the world”. MITS Alloy was HMA’s 2022 Producer of the 12 months (for companies with 50 or extra staff) and its largest market is now North America.
HMA represents all companies actively engaged within the manufacturing sector, together with their allies, within the Higher Hunter, Decrease Hunter, Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, and Mid-North Coast areas. The awards encourage, encourage, and recognise vibrant and enduring manufacturing in these areas. A mission to advertise finest practices in manufacturing motivates the HMA.
In highlighting the achievements of the most effective, it encourages and sustains the aspirations of those that wish to be a part of them.
Not each entrant in HMA’s 2023 awards can have the export market on their thoughts, however in selling the Hunter’s manufacturing range and instinct, HMA is eager to push the message of worldwide alternatives.
The Hunter’s location and spectacular transport infrastructure gives the area with a compelling benefit in accessing worldwide markets.
Though there are robust highway, rail, and air hyperlinks within the Hunter, the key aggressive transport benefit is the Port of Newcastle. With the export tradition well-established, HMA encourages the rising and numerous base of established and rising producers to look past Australia and take their services and products to the worldwide market.
HMA chair Jacqui Daley believes you will need to recognise the expansion of producing within the Hunter and to have a good time the improvements and dedication.
“Hunter corporations are reworking conventional manufacturing processes by upskilling workers, implementing lean manufacturing and making use of new applied sciences and automation to enhance processes, eradicate waste and enhance effectivity and productiveness to unprecedented heights,” she mentioned.
“Along with this, many Hunter corporations at the moment are growing the degrees of design for technologically complicated, revolutionary, dependable, reasonably priced, and accessible merchandise, that are higher, extra sustainable and clear up a wide range of society’s issues. It permits them to compete globally.”
MITS Alloy did so after revolutionising the manufacture of utility trays and canopies. It now boasts a North American grasp distributor, 14 resellers and is rising its footprint throughout the globe at a fee of knots. At an overland expo in Oregon final yr, main North American business stakeholders conceded they think about MITS Alloy the worldwide market chief and fundamental innovator within the overlanding business.
“MITS Alloy is a worthy venue to launch the 2023 awards,” mentioned Daley
“However one other winner from final yr, Sirron Holdings, turned its Caves Seaside business dishwasher manufacturing facility right into a disinfectant and sanitiser producer when the Covid pandemic hit in 2020. It now releases 230 merchandise.”
Sirron Holdings “cleaned up” in a number of classes final yr, which the judges famous demonstrated “a resilient and versatile method to compete and succeed on the world stage.”
Daley mentioned manufacturing employs greater than 20,000 folks within the Hunter and is a significant driver of the native economic system.
“There are about 600 massive and small-to-medium manufacturing, engineering, and expertise corporations within the area and the business contributes about $3 billion in worth add to the Hunter economic system and 6.6% of its GDP,” she mentioned.
Manufacturing has been a significant element of the Hunter economic system for about 160 years. Whereas the area nonetheless has a big heavy engineering footprint, the superior manufacturing sector grows apace. Utilizing sensible applied sciences, Hunter industries are bettering merchandise and processes in lots of conventional industries together with medical, meals, provide chains, and others.
With world demand for merchandise on the rise and a renewed authorities give attention to growing superior manufacturing functionality throughout the nation, producers from the Higher Hunter, Decrease Hunter, Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, and Mid-North Coast are having fun with a renaissance.
HMA encourages all producers in these areas to enter the 2023 awards. There are 14 classes accessible for utility, together with Excellence in Innovation, Constructing Workforce Functionality, Sustainable Operations, and Collaboration.
As a not-for-profit, HMA is wholly depending on its potential to draw a spread of sponsors, companions and supporters, together with Downer, because the Main Sponsor for the sixteenth yr.
Sirron Holdings managing director Greg Gates recognises the significance of the corporate’s relationship with HMA.
“A few of our decision-making and enter happened from HMA connections,” he mentioned.
“HMA plugged us into relationships, and the enter from these folks performed a job in our success. In any other case, we’d nonetheless be struggling away up the again of Caves Seaside.”
For all enquiries concerning the 2023 awards, please electronic mail email@example.com or cellphone 0438 242 899.
The registration and nomination interval closes on 18 August. Entry is free and producers can discover all the knowledge they want at www.hma.org.au/faqs