Spotlight on the journey

JOBS WELL DONE: HMA chairman Bob Cowan congratulated all the manufacturers and praised them for their on-going dedication, tenacity and ability to adapt in a changing sector.
JOBS WELL DONE: HMA chairman Bob Cowan congratulated all the manufacturers and praised them for their on-going dedication, tenacity and ability to adapt in a changing sector.

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Gateshead engineering firm R&R Murphy took out the prestigious 2016 Manufacturer of the Year award at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards  held at Wests City (NEX) last night.

With a theme of past, present and future, the 2016 HMAs showcased the region’s manufacturing sector with images from the past and present as well as the opportunity to have some fun with some futuristic ideas and products.

Hunter-based unmanned aircraft and process automation company Robotic Systems was awarded the HMA Board Award for their cutting edge technology.

Both companies won trips to an international destination to attend a trade fair, event or other activity that will serve to benefit their company. The trips are sponsored by Helloworld – HTG Newcastle and HMA.

A further 11 other awards were announced at last night’s presentation, the 12th year  the HMA has been promoting and profiling the region’s manufacturing sector.

With an audience of 500 guests, the awards are a fantastic opportunity for all in attendance to experience the journey of manufacturers from the past to where they have arrived at in the present day.

HMA chairman, Bob Cowan congratulated all the manufacturers and praised them for their on-going dedication, tenacity and ability to adapt in a changing sector.

He updated the guests on HMA’s ongoing support to the manufacturing sector and described some of the Initiatives that HMA and its partners had embarked upon during the last 12 months.

With the assistance of NSW Department of Industry, through the Office of Regional Development, a Virtual Reality Expo (VRE)  plug-in  has been added to the HMA website to which Hunter-based manufacturers can upload their company details.

The ‘World Class, Made Here’ (WCMH) television campaign, launched last year with HMA’s television advertising partner, NBN television  continues to gather momentum.

The initiative, which includes an incentivised package for HMA members to take part in, recognises the enormous and essential role manufacturing plays within our community, to our region and beyond.  

HMA’s travel partner of nine years,  Helloworld – Hunter Travel Group, has also launched their new exclusive airfare advantage program offering any  companies on the HMA database  savings of up to 36%.

 The board of HMA continues to utilise some funds toward a scholarship of $5000 per year for up to five students for potential or existing TAFE Students who are planning or are currently undertaking a course which is directly related to the manufacturing industry.

For more information email Info@hma.org.au.