Geelong Manufacturing Council Blog

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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Polymeric Powders Launches in Geelong

October 9, 2017 Geelong’s newest manufacturer, Polymeric Powders, launched on September 15.  Polymeric Powders have developed a manufacturing process to break down used tyres into a ‘crumb’ material. This high value base product, created from a massive scale ongoing waste product, can be reconstituted and used in the production of pipes, 3D printing powders and as a replacement...
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Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future

October 2, 2017 On September 12th,  the Minister for Industry and Employment launched Victoria’s advanced manufacturing statement: Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future. The Statement is backed by existing initiatives and the Minister has also announced $12 million for new initiatives. A copy of the statement & Blueprint, which highlights GMC’s Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence and...
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Leading Change That Sticks

September 25, 2017 The GMC-WIMN, supported by the Geelong Quality Council hosted Keynote Speaker Corrinne Armour on Leading Change that Sticks as part of the Geelong Small Business Festival. Over 60 people attended the event, with many connecting and reconnecting with others in the manufacturing industry. Corrinne delivered a highly engaging keynote, identifying simple, actionable takeaways that participants could use...
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Success for Cleantech Innovations Geelong Trial

September 18, 2017 Deakin University has partnered with CSIRO, the City of Greater Geelong and the Geelong Manufacturing Council (Cleantech Innovations Geelong) to trial a food waste processing system that could divert hundreds of tonnes of greenhouse gas-producing food waste from landfill each year. A successful three month trial of the system, Closed Loop CLO-30, has shown the...
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Imagine IM Plant Opening

August 28, 2017 ImagineIM officially opened its North Geelong graphene production facility in August, signalling continued growth in Geelong’s advanced manufacturing sector. The world-first plant, which produces the super-material graphene for commercial-scale applications, such as smart geotextiles that are able to report on the structural health of infrastructure in real time, demonstrates confidence in Geelong’s manufacturing capabilities. This...
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