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ANCA takes out top Australian Manufacturing Award

CNC tool and cutter grinder maker ANCA was named
‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Manufacturers’
Endeavour Awards in Melbourne last night.

The night was doubly special for the company as it also took
out the award for ‘Australian Industrial Product of the Year’ for its FX Linear
tool grinder range.

Of course, success is nothing new for ANCA. The company was
named Manufacturer of the Year at the same event just two years ago.

The judges’ comments were as follows –

“Founded in 1974, ANCA is a stand-out company with a long
history of achievements, including the manufacture of the first Australian CNC.
The judges agreed that the FX Linear tool grinder range continues the company’s
tradition of quality and innovation. It sets ANCA apart as Australian
Manufacturer of the Year.”

The awards ceremony, which was hosted by Vine Sorrenti, took
place at The Crown Casino. There were 10 other awards on the night. The winners
and the corresponding judges’ comments follow –

Solution of the Year’ –
B.-d. Farm Paris Creek Pty Ltd

“The dairy product maker has managed to decrease chemical
usage, decrease energy usage, and cut costs, while also significantly
increasing production. In fact, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek expects to double its
milk intake by 2016/17. A worthy winner.”

The Safety Solution –
Austube Mills for COP Campaign

“Austube Mills showed
that it was prepared to go the extra mile to ensure employee safety, not just
in the workplace but in all areas of their lives. Features such as the 12 month
employee engagement strategy convinced the judges the company takes safety

Application of the Year –
Keech Australia for Keech 3D Advanced

“The establishment of
Keech3D Advanced Manufacturing continues Keech Australia’s principles of
continuous innovation, finding new solutions, and being among the first to
anticipate future needs. The subsidiary will help the organisation bring new
products to the market more quickly.”

Exporter of the Year
Award –
PWR Performance Products

“PWR Performance
Products, a manufacturer of high performance radiators, oil coolers and
intercoolers, counts international automotive racing teams and the military
amongst its customers. The fact that racing teams choose to come to Australia
to use PWR’s testing facilities speaks volumes for its expertise.”

IT Application of the
Year –
Mansfields for InfoMotion ERP: A Recipe for Success for Mansfields

“Mansfields’ introduction of InfoMotion and the resulting
automation of previously manual processes has reduced demand on resources in
administration by 30 per cent. The judges were impressed by the fact that the
company is getting very close to being a paperless manufacturing site.”

Global Integration – Technofast
Industries for Hydro Power Station – South Korea

“That judges felt that relationship building has clearly
been key to the international success of Technofast Industries. They concluded
that the company is a role model for other companies considering an
international presence.”

Most Innovative
Company –
Plastic Forests for GreenMongrel range of recycled plastic sheet

“Plastic Forests scored a world first. The company managed
to come up with a dry cleaning process for recycling contaminated plastic film
before anybody else did. As such, the judges said, this company ranks as a
world leader in the important field of waste management.”

Lifetime Achievement
John Guest from Jubilee Springs

“The judges were impressed by John Guest’s years of
dedication to a successful family business. Today Jubilee Springs is the
longest standing spring manufacturing company in Australia. Much of that
longevity can be attributed to John’s efforts.”

Young Achiever – Bryan Emmerson from Machinery
Automation & Robotics

“The judges were impressed by the broad range of Bryan
Emmerson’s achievements, particularly his 3D modelling project for the Red Meat
Industry. They said he has already shown himself to be proficient in his chosen
field and he appears to have a solid future ahead of him.”

Manufacturers Monthly would like to thank the Endeavour
Awards sponsors – Bluescope Steel (Platinum Sponsor), ifm efector, ECi
Solutions, Atlas Copco, ICN, BOC, Sick, and SEW Eurodrive. Without their support
the event would not have been possible.

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took
part. See you next year!

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