Archive: News

GMC CEO David Peart Stands Down

April 12, 2021 Geelong Manufacturing Council (GMC) CEO, David Peart has advised the GMC Board that he has decided to step down from his role as CEO. David leaves GMC in a strong position, with growing membership and recently released five-year strategy. Lyn George, Chair of GMC, thanked David for his contribution over a significant period and wished...
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2020 Annual General Meeting

December 2, 2020 Annual General Meeting The Geelong Manufacturing Council held its Annual General Meeting via live webinar on the morning of Wednesday, November 25. The meeting was attended by 50 members and guests who were presented with a summary of the work carried out by GMC during 2019-20 and a presentation from Farm Foods CEO, Greg Hughes....
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Geelong Defence Based Manufacturing Deal

September 7, 2020 The Geelong Manufacturing Council is very pleased to be advised of the Australian Government’s positive announcement on September 3 that the Request for Tender to build and maintain 30 self-propelled howitzers and 15 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles and their supporting systems, has been released to preferred supplier Hanwha Defence Australia. As previously advised, GMC with...
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GMC Chair, Lyn George, Receives OAM

June 12, 2020 Congratulations to GMC Chair, Lyn George on being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in this week’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Lyn, who is Director at Geelong engineering business Austeng, received the medal in recognition of her service to the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Lyn’s work at Austeng and as a GMC Director since...
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2020 Geelong Business Excellence Awards

June 3, 2020 The Geelong Business Excellence Awards has announced its awards presentation evening will transform into an exciting virtual experience in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Geelong Business Excellence Awards is designed to recognise and celebrate our region’s clever, creative and thriving business and business leaders. The prestigious presentation evening will take place online on...
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Manufacturers to lead the way out of economic crisis

May 12, 2020 Faced with a disrupted global supply chain, Australian manufacturers have responded quickly to address shortages of medical equipment and the materials to make them, says the Geelong Advertiser (Monday, May 11, 2020). This response can be seen in Geelong’s manufacturers where companies have pivoted to provide PPE, increased their production of hand sanitiser and are...
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Local Firms’ Virus Fight

April 6, 2020 Local firms’ virus fight: Product development ramped up From The Geelong Advertiser, Monday April 6, 2020 Geelong manufacturers have been trying to develop a range of urgently required products including in-demand medical equipment to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. After years of manufacturing being lost to countries with lower labour costs and the reliance on...
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COVID-19 Resources for Manufacturers, March 23

March 24, 2020 Manufacturing has, for many years, been seen as the engine room of our economy. This has never been more stark than today, with the challenges that we face. It’s vital that business continuity occurs as far as possible in order to preserve jobs, investment, businesses and security and wellbeing for the people that work within...
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Manufacturing in Geelong

Manufacturing in Geelong – A New Dynamism

December 24, 2019 As we look back over the last 12 months, 2019 has offered many reasons to feel bouyant about the future of manufacturing in Geelong. Cleantech and sustainability, Industry 4.0, advanced fibres and defence supply chain opportunities have all featured heavily as existing businesses innovate and new entrants look to Geelong in a bid to create...
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GMC AGM with Pelligra

Growing Australia’s Next Millenium Manufacturing Businesses

December 2, 2019 One of Australia’s foremost property developers, Ross Pelligra, addressed the Geelong Manufacturing Council AGM last night. Mr Pelligra, Chairman of Pelligra Group, acknowledged Geelong’s strength in manufacturing as he called for innovative, growing “next millennium” manufacturing businesses to investigate Fortek, the former Ford manufacturing site. Pelligra Group was announced as the successful bidder for the...
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