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The 2010 Endeavour Awards was a celebration of the manufacturing industry’s enthusiasm to take hold of an improving economic climate, and there wasn’t a company who per sonified this notion more than HI Fraser.

The ship-builder took out last year’s Endeavour Manufacturer of the Year Award, proudly spon sored by BlueScope Steel, and proved Australian manufacturers can compete with the best in the world.

The specialist engineering company is currently part of a global supply chain for the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) ship build project, said to represent one of the most complex and expensive capital acquisitions the DMO has ever undertaken. The company also won the Global Integration award for its involvement in the project.

HI Fraser east general manag er, Chris Williams, said the com pany feels extremely privileged to be recognised, and congratu lated the other finalists on their contribution to Australian manufacturing.

“We are pretty surprised as we are one of the little guys, and you would expect one of the big guys to take out a prestigious award like this,” Williams told Manufacturers’ Monthly.

“The award is a reflection of the technical depth, innova tion and flexibility that the HI Fraser team has shown, as well as the ability to doggedly execute the strategy to exploit new innovation.

“We are also grateful to the team at the AWD/LHD projects and our overseas partners for giving us a chance to demon strate the depth of technical and manufacturing expertise we have.”

In 2011, manufacturers from all over Australia will be gather ing together for the eighth time to celebrate the successes of local companies that design and make goods, export systems, pro vide support and generally raise the bar for the Australian manu facturing industry as it strives to compete with an increasingly global industry.

Nominations open for 2011

Manufacturers’ Monthly’s Endeavour Awards program is designed to recognise and reward Australian manufacturing excellence. Whether you are an Australian company manufactur ing in Australia, or a local busi ness producing its goods off shore, you are eligible to enter the 2011 Endeavour Awards.

Now in its eighth year, the Endeavour Awards is the only national awards program specifically for the manufactur ing industry.

Free to enter, the Endeavours offer a unique program for Australian manufacturers to demonstrate and showcase their business success and enhance the company’s reputation both locally and overseas, either as a finalist or by winning an award.

The Endeavour Awards recog nise and celebrate industry lead ers’ achievements in their drive to achieve ‘best practice’ and excellence in manufacturing.

The 2011 Endeavour Awards cate gories are: Technology Application of the Year; Australian Consumer/Trade Product of the Year; Exporter of the Year; Global Integration Award; Australian Steel Innovation Award; Environmental Solution of the Year; Safety Scheme of the Year; Young Manufacturer of the Year; and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Don’t forget, entry is free. The deadline for entries is COB 31 January 2011. Don’t miss-out on your chance to help celebrate Australian manufacturing prowess to an international audience.

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