Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (10:04:30) — It was my honour last Monday, 28 May, to present three outstanding women with awards as part of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards. In particular I was very pleased to present the inaugural Woman Manufacturer of the Year award to Vanessa Kearney from Viva Energy and Jill Walsh from Actco-Pickering metals, who were at the awards night. The young manufacturer of the year award was taken out by another female trailblazer, Vanessa Katsanevakis, who won the award for her leadership at Sussex Taps. Vanessa guided the
business through a major rebrand and a period of exponential growth.

The hall of fame gala dinner, held at Crown Palladium, was attended by over 500 industry stakeholders and recognised outstanding manufacturing businesses and individuals. The Manufacturer of the Year (Large Business) was awarded to Bosch Australia, while Siemens took out the Leader in Industry 4.0 award. PACCAR Australia was awarded the 2018 Leader in Workforce Skills Development.

A number of other companies were also recognised with awards for excellence in some of Victoria’s key growth sectors, including Creature Technology — medium business; Osteon Medical — small business; Entegra Signature Structures — construction technologies; Albins Performance Transmissions — defence technologies; Chobani — food and fibre; Leica Biosystems — medical technologies and pharmaceuticals; Keppel Prince — new energy technologies; Bombardier Transportation Australia — transport technologies; and Boeing — company hall of fame inductee.

Victoria’s manufacturing industry contributes over $27 billion to the Victorian economy, with more than 13 000 businesses employing more than 286 000 people. Our government has committed over $120 million in manufacturing support, creating over 6000 jobs and driving more than $1.6 billion in private investment. Our manufacturing industries are powering ahead, and it is people like Vanessa Kearney, Jill Walsh and Vanessa Katsanevakis who are helping to lead the way. Well done to all involved.