NOMINATIONS are now open for the ninth annual Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards program, which recognises companies and individuals for their contributions to the Australian manufacturing industry.
After nine years and almost 1,000 worthy finalists, the Awards have gone from strength-to-strength, this year rewarding entrants in 13 industry segments.
New category recognises women
In 2012, Manufacturers’ Monthly adds a new category to the mix, celebrating exceptional women in the industry through the new ‘Female Manufacturer of the Year’ award.
This category recognises the importance of females in today’s manufacturing sub-sectors. Entrants should illustrate how women of any age, at any skill level, have affected positive change in manufacturing processes, management, training, or skills development in Australia.
According to the managing director of homewares manufacturer Anasazi Trading, Margaret Butler, the standard of nominations for this category is likely to be quite high, showcasing the strength female workers bring to manufacturing and engineering.
Butler founded Anasazi in 1992, manufacturing stainless steel accessories for the bath and kitchen. At the time, this composition was used almost exclusively in commercial applications.
Butler pioneered the concept into the domestic consumer market, within the first year establishing a distribution base of several hundred retailers. Today, Anasazi sells to more than 800 leading retailers.
"Women deserve to be congratulated in supporting our vibrant and growing manufacturing community. We are natural collaborators of ideas and our innovative approach to getting things done is highlighted in the quality of what women are now achieving in this important industry," she told Manufacturers’ Monthly.
Categories for 2012
The official list of categories for the ninth annual Endeavour Awards is as follows:
Technology Application of the Year, for successful applications of new technology in manufacturing processes.
Australian Consumer/Trade Product of the Year, for innovative new consumer/trade products.
Australian Industrial Product of the Year, for innovative new industrial products.
Australian Steel Innovation Award, for innovative products or projects using Australian-made steel.
Exporter of the Year, for companies who are successfully entering or developing an export market with a new or existing locally-made product.
Environmental Solution of the Year, for successful implementation of solutions designed to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing operations.
Enterprise Connect Significant Achievement Award, recognises manufacturers who have made a significant achievement in productivity, competitiveness or innovative capability since completing their Enterprise Connect Business Review and Tailored Advisory Service project(s). [This award is for Enterprise Connect clients only.]
Global Integration Award, for companies who are successfully engaged in global supply chains.
Safety Scheme of the Year, for the successful implementation of schemes to improve safety in manufacturing plants.
Young Manufacturer of the Year, for the rising starts of Australia’s next generation of manufacturers.
Lifetime Achievement Award, designed to recognise a person who has made a significant individual contribution to Australia’s manufacturing industry.
Manufacturers’ Monthly Most Innovative Company Award, recognising Australian manufacturers and suppliers which have looked ‘outside the box’ to implement new business ideas.
Female Manufacturer of the Year, for females who have affected positive change to manufacturing processes in Australia.
Manufacturer of the Year Award, will be chosen from among the winners of the above categories.
How to enter
Nominations for the 2012 Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards should be easy. The entry form, which can be found on our website (URL below), shows clear criteria for each category, ensuring entrants meet the judges’ requirements.
In the next issue of Manufacturers’ Monthly, we will meet the members of the judging panel lending their expert opinions to decide which company or individual deserves to become a member of the growing Endeavour Awards honour roll. Watch out for their bios in the October issue.
In the meantime, the floodgates are now open. Enter the ninth annual Endeavour Awards today and join the fast-growing list of companies and individuals being celebrated for their manufacturing prowess.
A very special thanks to those companies pledging their support for the 2012 Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards:
SICK for Safety Scheme of the Year;
Phalanx Consulting Group for Australian Consumer/Trade Product of the Year;
EFIC for Exporter of the Year;
Atlas Copco for Environmental Solution of the Year;
Industry Capability Network for Global Integration Award;
BlueScope Steel for Australian Steel Innovation Award;
BOC for Australian Industrial Product of the Year; and
SMC Pneumatics for Technology Application of the Year.
Image: A new category for 2012 recognises women for their manufacturing achievements. Pictured: Margaret Butler, founder of successful homewares manufacturer Anasazi Trading.