In March 2023, @AuManufacturing began a campaign to find Australia’s 50 most innovative manufacturers. The clear message was that “every Australian manufacturer innovates in one way or another”, and the goal was to learn about some of the ways and celebrate them. The nominations included a collection of some incredibly impressive manufacturers of all kinds, making everything from environmentally friendly wet wipes to hypersonic aircraft.
Innovation is critical to progress and prosperity, at both a company and a national level. However, everyone brings their own definition and understanding of the subject.
Brent Balinski, editor and co-founder of @AuManufacturing stated in the awards report that there were some recurring messages that stood out amongst the judge’s picks. One highlighted the importance of collaboration, whether among different levels of a company, with other companies, with research institutes, or of course, with customers in the process of understanding what problems need to be solved. The importance of culture also stood out strongly as a driver of innovation.
At a breakfast hosted in the Melbourne industrial heartland of Clayton last month, the whole list was revealed. As planned, 50 manufacturers were inducted into the @AuManufacturing inaugural Top 50, with another 24 forcing their way into contention and highly commended.
Safetyline Jalousie was thrilled to attend the breakfast and join the list of highly commended manufacturers that are solving problems that need to be solved, as voted by the market, in ways that have not been done yet.
The 2023 awards report can be accessed via this link.
It includes some of the companies from the campaign, what we can learn from them, and different ways of understanding innovation (from the innovators themselves).
These awards created by @AuManufactuing have been a valuable platform for encouraging and promoting homegrown innovation. Following the overwhelming response and success, @AuManufacturing has already announced that the search for Australia’s Most Innovative Manufacturers will return again in 2024.