Manufacturing’s new generation

Cerys Hawkins took out the 2009 Young Manufacturer of the Year Award with Danielle Lindsay-Wooldridge and Kade McConville highly commended.

METAL Science Technologies is an innovator in the surface finishing and electrochemical stainless steel surface/weld treatment machinery market.

The company was formed in 2006 to conduct R&D and commercialise the IP for an electrochemical post weld finishing machine the mepBLITz.

The company manufactures and sells only the mepBLITz stainless steel post weld finishing mobile electro polisher but has several products in at prototype stage for development in 2009.

Since beginning as a trainee at Metal Science Technologies in 2007, the 2009 Endeavour Award’s Young Manufacturer of the Year, Cerys Hawkins, has made significant improvements to the production and marketing side of the business.

He has been an integral part of the planning, production and assembly of the mepBLITz to meet customer orders, and a large part of his role is ensure production efficiency targets are met and are within quality control requirements and specifications.

Other duties involve conducting R&D as requested by the technical director and GM, and ensure the workshop is safe and secure by implementing OHS policies.

During his time at the company, Cerys has made a number of significant contributions including:

reduction of machine production time by 20% by improving work flow and assembly systems; development of a parts management system for the over 200 parts to reduce inventory and out of stock items; reduction of inventory of parts by an average of 10% (some parts over 50%) and reduced cost by 25% through developing better buying procedures; improved modification of product design to reduce product misuse and machine failure.

Cerys is also responsible for providing customer support and information in relation to the company’s new mepBLITz technology and operating process and he was also created and set up an online parts buying system that saves MST up to 50% on electrical parts.

When speaking with Cerys on the phone after the Awards – he was unable to attend due to the company’s hectic production schedule, in his own words “I live my job” – it became clear why he is a worthy recipient of the title of Young Manufacturer of the Year 2009.

Despite being lost for words when Metal Science Technologies’ GM told him the good news as soon as the announcement was made, a humble Cerys told Manufacturers’ Monthly this was a great result not only for him personally, but for the company as well.

“It is not only recognition of what I have been achieving personally but this Award will provide more exposure for an emerging Australian company and help get our name out there,” he said.

“I have been with the company since day one, so it is wonderful to evolve with the business and be recognised for my contribution to the company,” he said.

Cerys attributes a lot of his success to Dean Klower, the company’s Technical Manager and Richard Ray, company GM.

“They have both shown me the ropes when it comes to running a successful business – how to put your heart into what you do to achieve the best you can – and I sincerely thank them for this.”

Highly commended

WITH a manufacturing base in Western Sydney, Lindsay Piemaking Equipment benefits from the distinct advantages of using a local supply chain by working closely with a number of advanced equipment contractors to develop and manufacture precision components for the company’s range of pie making machines.

In 2003, Danielle Lindsay-Wooldridge joined the company part time to assist with sales and marketing and to develop and produce a website.

Within six months she was working fulltime as the company’s General Manager.

The first thing Danielle achieved in this role was to raise the profile of the company’s products which had not been fully exploited prior to her joining the company. By designed and implementing a business plan including detailed sales strategies, she managed to increase the average turnover by more than 33% during 2004/07 FY, reaching a 50% increase last year.

Working closely with the MD, Danielle now in the position of GM, helped develop a new line of smaller, more compact pie making machines and equipment such as the pie-pallets ideal for smaller bakeries and helped to increase the company’s pie-pallet sales by 40%.

As well as excelling at her work responsibilities, Danielle also helps to raise the profile of women in industry by participating in a number of awards and being a guest speaker at conferences such as the ALIES “Women in Export” luncheon and also APEC Summit 2007.

An obviously excited and proud Danielle was on hand to accept her Award at last month’s Endeavour Award’s gala dinner ceremony.

“Receiving highly commended for the 2009 Young Manufacturer of the Year was so exciting for me. I have faced many challenges in my role and I feel so proud to being recognised for my efforts,” Danielle told Manufacturers’ Monthly.

“Winning prestigious awards such as the Endeavours are such a buzz for our company, it not only shows the hard work of one person, but all the hard work of all employees. Individual awards may only have one name on them, but you need a great team to produce award winning products.

“Thanks to the sponsors, Manufacturers’ Monthly, the Judges and mostly of all, my father, who has been a tough, but great teacher and has supported my work during these last six years.”

Highly commended

BOC, a member of the Linde Group, supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

With more than 50,000 employees working in 100 countries the company develops safe, sustainable and innovative solutions for customers in many specialty sectors, heavy industry and medical environments.

While studying a Bachelor of Product Design Engineering, Kade McConville, 23, has been working in various BOC Gas & Gear stores in Victoria for three years.

He is responsible for engaging in a high level of professional customer service at all times and following through with the ongoing need to enhance the company from a face-to-face perspective with potentially significant customers.

As part of his honours project, Kade worked closely with Sustainable Energy Fuel Cells of Australia (SEFCA) a partner of BOC, to create a hydrogen fuel cell power unit for usage in confined space environments, in particular underground mining.

The research and design was focused on a mobile, freestanding zero-emission power generator for low power consumption equipment, in particular, workspace lighting within these close proximity environments.

The power unit has the ability to revolutionise working conditions in underground mining operations by reducing the adverse affects of diesel power generators as a result of the toxic emission output.

The hydrogen fuel cell power unit for confined space environments has received great industry feedback and is designed and documented to the point at which it could now be manufactured and sold.

When accepting his award, Kade told Manufacturers’ Monthly the opportunity to be highly commended in the Young Manufacturer of the Year category really shows the industry’s commitment to the ever growing need to nurture tomorrow’s professionals and to develop lasting relationships within the industry.

“I felt humbled that my efforts throughout my final year of University in 2008 were acknowledged at such a high level and I look forward to seeing the calibre of entrants for next years awards.

“BOC is 100% committed to the development of me as an employee and as an individual and I hold great respect for them for the opportunities they have offered me thus far. This award validates my efforts and demonstrates the potential of my project as a commercialable product for BOC to analyse and develop.”