Victoria’s Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan has congratulated Australia’s only manufacturer of level measurement technologies – Nunawading-based Hawk Measurement Systems (Hawk) – on receiving a commendation for its services to Small and Medium Manufacturing at the 2010 Governor of Victoria Export Awards.
Allan said Hawk’s proprietary technologies were acknowledged as some of the most advanced solutions in the industries in which it operates, making it an excellent example of the Victoria’s design and advanced manufacturing capabilities.
“Hawk is regarded as a world leader in the design, manufacture and provision of level, positioning and flow measurement systems, with exports to over 30 countries across a range of industries, including mining, water, food, power stations and cement,” Allan said.
“As the only Australian manufacturer of level measurement systems, Hawk design and produce all their products and systems locally, and successfully compete against some of the biggest multinational firms in the US and Germany.”
Hawk Measurement Systems CEO Les Richards said that with the export demand for level measurement growing because of the global mining boom and water crisis, Hawk is forging into emerging markets including China, India and South America.
“Exporting is critical to the expansion and success of Hawk. The future looks promising as our established global relationships continue to grow rapidly and we develop new products to meet industry demands,” Richards said.
Hawk lists Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Xstrata, Outotec and FLSmidth Minerals among its line-up of international customers.
The Victorian manufacturing sector employs more than 300,000 people and contributes $29.5 billion to the state economy, including earning $7 billion from exports.
Allan said the Victorian Government was working with the sector to help secure a sustainable future for manufacturing across the state.
“The Victorian Government is committed to building tomorrow’s manufacturing businesses today through new infrastructure, support for technology transfer and innovation, export support and continuous workplace improvements,” Allan said.
Since October 1999, the Victorian Government has facilitated $12.6 billion worth of new investment in manufacturing, resulting in the creation of 29,200 new direct jobs.