On Thursday the 3rd May, Marand was honoured at the Victorian Government’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards ceremony at Crown Casino’s Palladium room taking out the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award (Large Business). Marand is the inaugural winner of the award and was selected by industry experts against a criteria including export performance, enabling technologies utilised, innovation in manufacturing, quality management and sustainable practices amongst others.

Marand has 43 years of accumulated experience, knowledge and success as Australia’s leading precision engineering company amongst a breadth of sectors including aerospace, defence, rail, automotive, mining and energy.

Marand’s solid management approach and commitment to cost, scheduling, risk management and quality are combined to exceed customers requirements.

This has resulted in Marand being the largest Australian supplier on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program; the largest defence program in the world to date. Marand’s list of achievements on the F-35 include being the first supplier in the world approved to manufacture large finished aerospace tools for BAE Systems, UK and being the global sole source of the engine removal and installation trailer for the world’s first 5th generation stealth fighter. Marand has won three consecutive Lockheed Martin Excellence awards in quality and delivery performance for shipping in excess of 500 tools around the globe for the F-35 program.

Marand is also supporting the Australian mining boom. All of the 32,000 ore car and locomotive wheels which transported Rio Tinto’s 223 million tones of iron ore in the Pilbara in 2010 were re-profiled by machines designed and manufactured by the company. Marand also supply rolling stock maintenance equipment to BHP Billiton, Queensland Rail and Fortescue Metals.

Marand continues its success through its strength in manufacturing innovation. Marand designed and manufactured the world’s first tidal turbine that was connected permanently to the power grid, which is located in the channel between San Remo and Phillip Island, Victoria. Marand was also the primary Australian company to work with Boeing Aerostructures Australia on the design, manufacture and integration of its state of the art B787 carbon fibre manufacturing facility.

The Managing Director of Marand, Mr. David Ellul accepted the award on behalf of Marand from the Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade, The Hon Richard Dalla-Riva MLC. The award follows on from Marand’s induction into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mr. Ellul was excited to be honoured with the award in its first year and thanked the State Government for the recognition and then AIDN-VIC (Australian Industry Defence Network) and AIG-VIC (Australian Industry Group) for nominating Marand. Mr. Ellul also expressed his thanks to the Marand customers in particular Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems for the trust they have placed in Marand on the F-35 program, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton for the Marand work in rail, mining and automation and Ford Motor Company for their continued relationship and support for over 35 years.

Mr. Ellul announced that planning was well under way for setting up the new plant in Geelong later this year in support of F-35 program and other work. Mr. Ellul closed with thanking his employees in recognition of their valued contribution and effort that had enabled the Marand success with its customers over the years and ultimately the Manufacturer of the Year (Large Business) award.

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