Victorian manufacturers honoured

The outstanding achievements of the Victorian manufacturing industry were recognised Monday night at the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards ceremony.

The outstanding achievements of the Victorian manufacturing industry were recognised Monday night at the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards ceremony.

The Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame celebrates local companies and individuals with the dedication, creativity and energy that will see Victorian manufacturing continue to go from strength to strength even in this current economic climate.

The Minister for Industry and Trade, Martin Pakula, presented the 2009 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards at a gala dinner in Melbourne on Monday night.

Speaking at the awards, Pakula acknowledged the vital role the manufacturing industry plays in the Victorian economy.

“Manufacturing is Victoria’s largest provider of full-time jobs, employing 315,700 people or close to 12 per cent of the state’s workforce, and contributing $30.6 billion to Victoria’s economy,” Pakula said.

“I congratulate all the new inductees to the Hall of Fame along with the 2009 Young Manufacturer of the Year, David Fitzpatrick and welcome two new members of the Honour Roll: Bruce Parker and Darryl Page. They are providing inspiration to their peers, while cementing their place in Victoria’s economic future.

“Themed Meeting the Challenge, this year’s Gala Dinner highlights the businesses that are successfully confronting issues such as the global financial crisis, international competition, climate change, skills shortages and rapid technological change by developing innovative solutions that are setting them up as world leaders in their sector.

“Spanning sectors including aerospace, defence, automotive, sport, engineering, food processing, electronics, plastics, and chemicals, these Victorian companies are developing new products, taking on new technologies and upgrading their skills with many striving to achieve exports and above all secure jobs for Victorians both now and in the future.

“In these tough economic times, securing the job of every Victorian is a top priority of the Brumby Government and we are committed to working with Victorian industries, including the manufacturing industry, to turn current challenges into new opportunities for innovation and jobs growth.

“The Brumby Labor Government is working with industry to secure jobs now and support Victorian families into the future, with the 2009 budget alone securing up to 35,000 Victorian jobs.

“The companies and individuals recognised in the 2009 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame represent an impressive collection of manufacturing champions that are leading Victoria through these tough times, securing the future of the industry.

Since the inception of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2001, the Victorian Government has inducted 99 companies into the Hall of Fame, along with 20 Honour Roll Members and six Young Manufacturers of the Year recipients.

The following 9 companies were inducted into the 2009 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame:

§ Hella Australia (automotive)

§ MTM (automotive)

§ Diver Consolidated Industries (automotive)

§ Advanced Polymer Technology Australasia (synthetic sports surfaces)

§ Lovitt Technologies Australia (aerospace and defence)

§ Radio Frequency Systems (electronics)

§ PZ Cussons (chemicals)

§ Austeng (engineering solutions)

§ Clyne Foods (food processing)

Receiving Honour Roll awards for their long standing contribution to manufacturing in Victoria were Bruce Parker and Darryl Page.

Commencing his automotive career as an apprentice motor mechanic in 1960, Bruce Parker has been recognised for his service to the automotive industry and his work in facilitating troubled youths into the workforce under the “Hand Brake Turn” program.

Darryl Page was acknowledged for his service in transforming the manufacturing and export capabilities of Australia’s strategic explosive ordnance, small arms weapons and armoured wheeled vehicles.

29 year old David Fitzpatrick, Engineering Manager at Hilton Manufacturing was named the Young Manufacturer of the Year.

Michael Germano, a Science Teacher from Laverton Secondary School, received the John Button Award from Reengineering Australia (REA) in recognition of his work encouraging manufacturing and engineering in his school through REA’s F1 in Schools program.

This year, Sandra George was awarded the Jim Watkins Award for her hard work and determination in making a significant contribution to the manufacturing industry.