Geelong Manufacturing Council Blog

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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Regional Industry Collaboration Program Commences with Innovation Manager Appointment

July 24, 2017 Industry has recognised that their ability to be innovative will define how bright the future will be. There is a wealth of national and international evidence to demonstrate that companies who innovate will be 1.4 times higher in sales and profitability than those that don’t. Further, companies who collaborate with academia triple the likelihood of...
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GMC Leadership Program Participants’ Lean Immersion at Toyota

June 13, 2017 Participants on the GMC Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program were fortunate to be able to take part in a rare opportunity that sadly is unlikely to come around again. They learned firsthand the lean principles of the Toyota Production System at the Lean Problem Solving Workshop hosted by Toyota Manufacturing Altona with Anthony Clyne, Lean...
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Manufacturing Push for Gender Diversity

April 20, 2017 Women make up only 26 per cent of Australia’s manufacturing workforce, mainly working in administrative roles and less in core operations and leadership positions (source: Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency). Yet research shows that more gender balanced organisations, with more women in leadership, achieve better financial results, are more innovative, more collaborative and maximise...
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Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program 2017

March 8, 2017 The Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence Program is aimed at current and developing business leaders, middle managers and aspiring team leaders. Through a series of workshops, site visits, one to one coaching and peer learning, this program offers you a unique opportunity to: . Enhance your leadership skills and personal impact . Confidently lead teams through...
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