Victorian Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett has called on Victoria’s most competitive and export focused manufacturers – both companies and individuals – to nominate for the 2014 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards.

“The Manufacturing Hall of Fame recognises the innovation, productivity and contribution made by manufacturers to the Victorian economy,” Mr Hodgett said.
“In recent years the Australian manufacturing sector has been dealing with increased international competition and a strong Australian dollar.
“It is extremely important that we promote the excellence and ingenuity of Victorian manufacturers and their long history in this state.”
The Manufacturing Hall of Fame was established in 2001 and over the past 13 years, the awards have celebrated 131 innovative companies, added 26 recipients to the Honour Roll, and recognised 10 young Manufacturers of the Year.
“The Victorian Government is strongly committed to the manufacturing industry and is determined to showcase companies and individuals who have used innovation and diversification to take on global markets,” Mr Hodgett said.
The theme of the 2014 Manufacturing Hall of Fame will be ‘Transformative Manufacturing’, which increases productivity and site capacity whilst significantly reducing process time and energy use. Examples include; additive manufacturing, innovative applications of laser, ultraviolet and electron beam processing, as well as novel approaches to producing and using biopolymers.
Mr Hodgett said the judging panel will be looking for creative and energetic solutions to manufacturing challenges, in particular innovative pathways to improving productivity and accessing new markets.
“I urge manufacturers of all sizes to nominate for these awards, demonstrating the inventive capacity of one of Victoria’s biggest industries,” Mr Hodgett said.
“Nominations are open until Friday 14 February 2014, and the awards will be announced at a gala industry ceremony on Monday 16 June 2014.”