Jobs and Growth the Focus at Manufacturing Awards

Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio, today announced that nominations for the 2015 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards are now open.

The Hall of Fame recognises Victoria’s most advanced and export-oriented manufacturers who excel in business innovation and productivity and contribute to the Victorian economy.

The Manufacturing Hall of Fame Award categories include Manufacturer of the Year, Company Induction, Honour Roll, and Young Manufacturer of the Year.

This year there will be six new categories reflecting the six sectors with potential for extraordinary economic growth: medical technology and pharmaceuticals; new energy technology; food and fibre processing; transport; defence and construction technology; international education and professional services.

These parts of our economy are primed for growth. They are central to the Victorian Government’s plan to get Victoria back to work by creating 100,000 jobs. The Government’s $200 million Future Industries Fund will turbocharge these sectors and give our economy a clear future.

The judging panel will be seeking creative solutions to manufacturing challenges, especially those which use innovation to improve productivity and access new markets.

Nominations close on 13 February, 2015, with awards to be announced at a gala ceremony on 26 May, 2015. For more information about the awards visit www.business.vic.gov.au/halloffame.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio

“The 2015 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards present an opportunity for all manufacturers to be recognised for their industry success.”

“Manufacturing contributes $25 billion to the Victorian economy. This award recognises forward thinking manufacturers who are raising the bar in the industry, to help ensure the future of manufacturing in Victoria.”

“I would encourage Victorian businesses across the six sectors which have potential for extraordinary economic growth to nominate for the awards by visiting the Business Victoria website.”