Marand Precision Engineering was named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the recently-held Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards at Sydney’s Ivy Ballroom.
The company, which recently began delivery of vertical tails for the Joint Strike Fighter F35 Lightning II Global Program, received the award at a sold-out ceremony, hosted by Vince Sorrenti.
According to the judges – “Marand took a long term view and invested substantial resources into a complex international engineering manufacturing project. The SME company did this with the full knowledge that profits would not flow through for a very long time. The judges felt that Marand demonstrated remarkable vision, skill and persistence.”
It was a good night for Marand. The company also took out the Global Integration Award (also for the JSF Program).
Marand Managing Director David Ellul was on hand to receive the award. He told Manufacturers’ Monthly that, despite the current doom and gloom, Australia can survive the coming death of the car industry.
“I personally don’t believe that all the supply base for the automotive industry will survive. I believe some of it will," he said.
"The companies that have prepared early and started to look in different areas could more than likely survive.”
However, praising the skills precent n the auto industry, he said that people with those skills would move into new, evolving industries.
“It may not be manufacturing. It could be engineering and project management and development of technology,” he added.
This was perhaps the most successful year in the eleven-year history of the Endeavour Awards. Despite tough times for the manufacturing sector, there were a record 138 entries in the 13 categories and there was an audience of 308 on hand to congratulate the winners.
The keynote speaker was Allan Ryan, founder of the Hargraves Institute.
An innovation catalyst, Allan enjoyed a long career in manufacturing before setting up the institute as an innovation resource for large organisations. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School, Associate at Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the Melbourne Business School at Mt Eliza.
In an entertaining address, Allan emphasised the importance of networking, connections, and being open to new ideas. Citing the ongoing battle between battle and Samsung over Smartphone technology, he said manufacturers not be averse to using other people’s ideas. He suggested it has paid off for Samsung.
Manufacturers’ Monthly would like to thank the sponsors of the 2014 Endeavour Awards. Without their support, the event would not have been possible – Principal Sponsor: BlueScope Steel; SICK; Enterprise Connect; BOC; Ifm efector; Atlas Copco; ICN; EFIC; SEW Eurodrive.
In all, there were 13 awards presented on the night. Nominees were free to nominate in multiple categories and initial nominations were reduced to a list of finalists who were present on the evening.
The big award – Manufacturer of the Year was chosen from amongst those lists of finalists.
Manufacturers’ Monthly would also like to thank this year's judges: Derek Lark – Executive Director of the Industry Capability Network; Dr John Blakemore, CEO and Principal Consultant Blakemore Consulting International; Dr Ivan Cole, Research Team Leader for CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering; Stephen Johnson, Acting Manager Industry Team for Manufacturing and Electrocom, NSW Department of Education and Communities; Mark Goodsell, NSW Director of the Australian Industry Group; Alan Johnson, Editor-at-large, Manufacturers’ Monthly.
Congratulations to the winners, bad luck to those who missed out, and thanks to all who participated.