ANCA takes out top Australian Manufacturing Award

CNC tool and cutter grinder maker ANCA was named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards in Melbourne last week.

The night was doubly special for the company as it also took out the award for ‘Australian Industrial Product of the Year’ for its FX Linear tool grinder range.

Of course, success is nothing new for ANCA. The company was named Manufacturer of the Year at the same event just two years ago.

The judges’ comments were as follows –

Other award winner, and judges' comments, were as 

“Founded in 1974, ANCA is a stand-out company with a long history of achievements, including the manufacture of the first Australian CNC. The judges agreed that the FX Linear tool grinder range continues the company’s tradition of quality and innovation. It sets ANCA apart as Australian Manufacturer of the Year.”

The awards ceremony, which was hosted by Vine Sorrenti, took place at The Crown Casino. There were 10 other awards on the night. The winners and the corresponding judges’ comments follow –

Environmental Solution of the Year’ – B.-d. Farm Paris Creek Pty Ltd

“The dairy product maker has managed to decrease chemical usage, decrease energy usage, and cut costs, while also significantly increasing production. In fact, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek expects to double its milk intake by 2016/17. A worthy winner.”

The Safety Solution – Austube Mills for COP Campaign

“Austube Mills showed that it was prepared to go the extra mile to ensure employee safety, not just in the workplace but in all areas of their lives. Features such as the 12 month employee engagement strategy convinced the judges the company takes safety seriously.”

Technology Application of the Year – Keech Australia for Keech 3D Advanced Manufacturing

“The establishment of Keech3D Advanced Manufacturing continues Keech Australia’s principles of continuous innovation, finding new solutions, and being among the first to anticipate future needs. The subsidiary will help the organisation bring new products to the market more quickly.”

Exporter of the Year Award – PWR Performance Products

“PWR Performance Products, a manufacturer of high performance radiators, oil coolers and intercoolers, counts international automotive racing teams and the military amongst its customers. The fact that racing teams choose to come to Australia to use PWR’s testing facilities speaks volumes for its expertise.”

IT Application of the Year – Mansfields for InfoMotion ERP: A Recipe for Success for Mansfields

“Mansfields’ introduction of InfoMotion and the resulting automation of previously manual processes has reduced demand on resources in administration by 30 per cent. The judges were impressed by the fact that the company is getting very close to being a paperless manufacturing site.”

Global Integration – Technofast Industries for Hydro Power Station – South Korea

“That judges felt that relationship building has clearly been key to the international success of Technofast Industries. They concluded that the company is a role model for other companies considering an international presence.”

Most Innovative Company – Plastic Forests for GreenMongrel range of recycled plastic sheet products

“Plastic Forests scored a world first. The company managed to come up with a dry cleaning process for recycling contaminated plastic film before anybody else did. As such, the judges said, this company ranks as a world leader in the important field of waste management.”

Lifetime Achievement – John Guest from Jubilee Springs

“The judges were impressed by John Guest’s years of dedication to a successful family business. Today Jubilee Springs is the longest standing spring manufacturing company in Australia. Much of that longevity can be attributed to John’s efforts.”

Young Achiever – Bryan Emmerson from Machinery Automation & Robotics

“The judges were impressed by the broad range of Bryan Emmerson’s achievements, particularly his 3D modelling project for the Red Meat Industry. They said he has already shown himself to be proficient in his chosen field and he appears to have a solid future ahead of him.”

Manufacturers Monthly would like to thank the Endeavour Awards sponsors – Bluescope Steel (Platinum Sponsor), ifm efector, ECi Solutions, Atlas Copco, ICN, BOC, Sick, and SEW Eurodrive. Without their support the event would not have been possible.

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took part. See you next year!

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