Australia’s leading designer and manufacturer of complex engineering products and automated systems, Marand Precision Engineering, has been recognised as an Export Champion in the prestigious 2020 Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA).
The awards, hosted annually by Global Victoria which is tasked by the Victorian Government with helping connect businesses with export markets, recognise Victorian businesses on the global stage for exporting local skills, knowledge and expertise. This year, the awards focussed on exporters that demonstrated outstanding resilience, innovation and adaptability to meet the unique challenges presented by COVID-19 and continue to advance their business operations.
Despite experiencing only a small reduction in demand for its core defence, energy and rail and engineering competencies, Marand quickly adapted to support the production of much needed personal protective equipment and medical devices that were in short supply during the pandemic.
Teaming with Foodmach and Grey Innovation, Marand pivoted to manufacture equipment for face mask production and adapted to be able to produce assemblies for Notus ventilators. Over the year, this resulted in the production of some 2,000 ventilator assemblies, embodying over 140,000 purchased and manufactured parts.
Marand Chief Executive Officer Rohan Stocker said that as a proudly Australian-owned and operated company, Marand felt a sense of duty to support the national fight against coronavirus and that its staff was proud to have contributed.
“As a supplier to numerous essential industries and services, our business was fortunately not as adversely impacted by COVID-19 as other manufacturers have sadly been this year,” Stocker said.
“Nevertheless, we recognised early on that we had a unique ability to adapt our operation to support the production of essential safety and medical equipment, and our team showed incredible resilience to take on this additional task whilst continuing to fulfil orders and requirements of our core customers.”
Stocker said Marand had a long history of innovation, as evidenced by its expansion into new and emerging defence, rail and mining markets, which enabled it to quickly adapt to support the production of medical and safety equipment it had limited previous experience in manufacturing.
“Our familiarity and expertise in working in complex supply chains and dealing with numerous domestic and international suppliers was integral to our ability to create what was effectively a pop-up style bespoke manufacturing solution for products that were outside our comfort zone.
“We’re thrilled that we were able to step up and help the national fight against coronavirus and appreciate the recognition from Global Victoria and the Victorian Government,” he said.
Marand’s success in the Governor of Victoria Export Awards caps off a busy week for the Victorian-based manufacturer, having also been recognised as a finalist in last night’s Australian Defence Industry Awards in the Export Business of the Year and Aerospace Business of the Year categories.
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