13/10/14 - Calling all Australian manufacturers…Do you have a successful business? Have you completed an impressive project or come up with an innovative environmental solution? Have you enjoyed recent export success or transformed your business into something better than it used to be? If you answered yes to any of the above, then it’s time to nominate for the 2015 Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards.All you need to do is head here and fill in your nomination.Now in their 12th year, the annual Endeavour Awards seek out excellence in the Australian Manufacturing Industry.The awards cover 12 categories, including Exporter of the Year, Young Manufacturer of the Year, IT Application of the Year, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Most Innovative Manufacturing Company.The big one – Manufacturer of the Year – is chosen from amongst the winners of those categories.Building from year to year, the Endeavour Awards program carries with it a good deal of prestige. Winners and finalists only stand to benefit from their participation in the program. And all finalists receive two free tickets to the Awards plus online coverage of their participation.Nominations are evaluated by an independent panel of judges drawn from industry and academia. There is no limit to the number of categories each entrant can be nominated for and businesses are encouraged to nominate themselves. All nominations are free of charge.In keeping with tradition, the award winners will be announced at a dinner, timed to coincide with National Manufacturing Week. Last year both events were in Sydney, so in 2015 it’s Melbourne’s turn. (More details regarding a date and venue will be available closer to the event – ed.).Apart from the presentations, the night is a chance for manufacturers to do of bit of networking, pat each other on the back, and enjoy themselves. An entertaining MC (Vince Sorenti was the man in 2014) is always on hand and each year a key note speaker is invited to provoke the audience with his/her ideas and opinions.This year’s speaker was Allan Ryan of the Hargraves Institute, while (then Opposition Leader) Tony Abbott spoke in 2011.Significantly, this year Manufacturers’ Monthly is partnering with the Hargraves Institute to promote the Edison Awards, a worldwide program open to anyone who has a commercialised product or service. Our partnership has been formed to provide exposure for Australian manufacturers wanting to attract new customers and potential partners overseas.Award CategoriesTechnology Application – Suitable for those looking to submit successful applications of new technology in manufacturing processes. It also includes upgrades and modifications of existing technologies that deliver tangible benefits. Exporter of the Year – For companies who have successfully entered or are developing an export market with a new or existing locally-made product. Breaking into an overseas market is a challenge for Australian exporters; this category turns the spotlight on the companies that persevere and succeed. Environmental Solution – Care for the environment is becoming increasingly important and manufacturers have to meet many mandated requirements. This category recognises manufacturers who have successfully implemented solutions designed to reduce their environmental impact. Safety Solution – Safety is of utmost concern and this category highlights the unique products, solutions and programmes implemented by or developed for manufacturers. Nominations should highlight the benefits and provide detail on the process or technology that makes it a powerful solution. Global Integration – Many Australian companies have developed unique expertise and/or components that allow them to plug into global supply chains. Tell us your projects and services, collaborations, skills and the people who make it happen. Business Transformation – Designed to recognise an Australian SME that has successfully transformed their manufacturing operation, increasing productivity, innovation and competitiveness as a result. Australian Industrial Product – There many innovative industrial products and solutions being developed locally. This category highlights new, innovative Australian-made products designed for industrial applications and turns the spotlight on the people who make them. Young Manufacturer of the Year – To ensure the continued evolution and transformation of the industry, we need to acknowledge, support and nurture our rising stars. This award seeks out the young leaders of tomorrow – the future of our industry depends on them. Lifetime Achievement – Our industry is built on stalwarts who have dedicated their lives to manufacturing. Over a few decades, their actions have positively influenced their companies and the industry. This special award recognises a person who has made a significant individual contribution to the industry. Most Innovative Manufacturing Company – This award recognises a manufacturer in Australia that has thought ‘outside the box’ to implement a new business idea. This could be shown in the form of pioneering technology, innovative process, or added value to Australia’s manufacturing sector. This category recognises Australian companies for ingenuity and farsightedness. IT Application – Most manufacturing operations depend on a solid infrastructure and a key part of this is IT. This award recognises novel and cost-effective IT applications and implementations that made a significant and positive impact on the business in terms of efficiency, cost management and profitability. Manufacturer of the Year – One trailblazer which stands out for outstanding innovation in the areas of technology, management, and product development. This company stands as a beacon of hope for others in the industry.