Susan Heaney named female manufacturer of the year

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SUSAN Heaney, MD of Heaneys Performers In Print has won the inaugural Endeavour's Female Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Located on Queensland's Gold Coast, Heaneys is a supplier of printed products and deals with design through to preparing for print, finishing and delivery of the product. 

Since becoming MD in 2004, Susan is in charge of establishing strategic direction, monitoring finances, leading the development of the marketing and sales strategy, ensuring compliance with statutory obligations, monitoring finances, quality control and technical oversight of the printing process. She has also been an active member of the Board of the Printing Industries Association of Australia and currently serves as president.She has provided leadership to the Association at both a state and national level.

She has also been an organiser and advocate for Women in Print which aims to create a productive networking environment for all women within the printing industry.

While Susan could not make it to the Sydney event, speaking from Germany, she told Manufacturers' Monthly that she was honoured to win award.

"I understand there was some very stiff competition, and I hope we can all be role models to other ladies in the industry. "Over the years, I have combined sound business practices, continually innovated and have strived to be exemplary in introducing systems and environmental processes. 

"Being innovative, I have been able to guide the company through many extreme changes over the past three decades, such as extreme economic conditions, technological changes and the current communication revolution. 

"I have done this by being an early adopter of ISO 9001 and SGP (equivalent to ISO 14001) and these processes have helped steer my company to its current position. As a relatively small company being an early adopter of these processes is unusual but in my mind imperative," she said.