Geelong Manufacturing Council Blog


December 22, 2017 VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT MICROGRID DEMONSTRATION INITIATIVE – NOW OPEN The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, last week launched the Victorian Government’s Microgrid Demonstration Initiative grants program. The Microgrid Demonstration Initiative is now open for applications to the Expression of Interest stage.  Applications to the Expression of Interest close on 15...
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Victorian Government New Energy Jobs Fund Round Three – Now Open

December 22, 2017 The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, has launched the third round of the Victorian Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund. The Fund is now open, with applications closing on 1 March 2018. Up to $3 million is available in two streams – Community and Industry. Categories will focus...
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Flat Glass Industries Transitions for the Future

December 19, 2017 On Friday, David Peart (GMC CEO) visited Flat Glass Industries and saw the amazing work being done by a local company to transition from automotive into a new future focused industry. Flat Glass Industries (FGI) Geelong, part of MHG, a GMC member, decided to accept the challenge and reinvent themselves when the closure of automotive...
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Merry Christmas & Office Hours

December 18, 2017 The team at GMC would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We look forward to working with you towards a successful 2018. Our office will be closed from December 22 and will re-open on January 15, 2018.

Mark Brennan, Thales Australia, Presents at 2017 GMC AGM

December 1, 2017 GMC welcomed members & guests last night to the 2017 Annual General Meeting at The Pier, to celebrate the year’s achievements and look forward to 2018. Guest speaker on the evening was Mark Brennan, Director Technical & Engineering – Hawkei Land & Air Systems/Protected Mobility from Thales Australia. Mark presented the history and progress of...
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Viva Energy Opens New Tank

Viva Energy Opens Australia’s Largest Crude Oil Tank

November 30, 2017 Last week, Viva Energy officially opened its new 100 million litre crude oil tank at the Geelong Refinery. The tank, the largest in Australia, increases the refinery’s crude oil storage capacity by 50%. The new tank will increase the refinery’s production capabilities and enable ships to fully unload at the refinery, reducing costs. GMC is...
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Geelong Manufacturing Council Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program

November 22, 2017 Geelong Manufacturing Council Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program 2017 Graduates Manufacturing Leaders deliver improvements / creating value and strengthen industry outlook. The 2017 Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence graduation featured a fantastic group of participants and companies from across the region. There is a rule of thumb expectation that participating companies will yield benefits of approximately...
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The Top 5 Success Factors for High Performing Businesses

October 23, 2017 In reviewing 175+ businesses over the last 10 years, GMC Entrepreneurs’ Programme Business Adviser, Vlado Baban has built a tacit knowledge base of the ideal characteristics of an exemplar organisation, irrespective of industry sector. His top five success factors of high performing businesses are: Continuously challenge the boundaries of the Ansoff (Revenue Diversification) Matrix. It is important to drive >5%...
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Geelong Advanced Manufacturers Leading the Way

October 17, 2017 Geelong manufacturers are leading the advanced manufacturing transition across Australia, with four Geelong Manufacturing Council member organisations and a new entrant into the region sharing in $10.2m funding through the first round of the Federal Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund. The grants will see well-known Geelong manufacturers invest in high value, innovative new processes and...
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What do the Numbers 23 & 76 Mean to Us All?

October 16, 2017 At the recent GMC meeting I mentioned global rankings as one of the reasons companies would innovate. I should explain… What do global rankings have to do with us here anyway? The data from the Global Innovation Index 2017 was for Australia as a country amongst the 127 countries participating. We are a first world country, surely...
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