Austal has been awarded the 2008 Advanced Manufacturer of the Year at the inaugural AMTIL Advanced Manufacturing Awards, held in Melbourne recently.
The Advanced Manufacturing Awards recognise Australian companies that incorporate leading edge practices, technologies and organisational cultures to sustain global competitiveness in manufacturing industries.
Having demonstrated excellence in international trade and export, innovation and skills, training and staff development, AMTIL Chief Executive Officer Shane Infanti said Austal was a deserving winner of the prestigious award.
“Our judging panel was obviously impressed with Austal’s business model and award application,” Mr Infanti said.
“We were extremely pleased to see Austal’s ongoing support of Australian manufacturing and their commitment to investment in technology, innovation and the skills development of their staff. Our belief is that these fundamental issues are keys to the future success of our manufacturing industry in this country,” he said.
Currently celebrating its 20th year, Austal is the world’s largest manufacturer of high speed, high performance aluminium vessels for commercial and defence applications, delivering more than 200 vessels to over 36 individual countries.
Over the past two years Austal has introduced Advanced Shipbuilding (ASB) techniques into its four Australian shipyards, improving production efficiency, energy consumption and creating an improved working environment for Austal’s 1500-strong local workforce.
Austal also incorporates the latest in advanced manufacturing technology, such as its state-of-the-art routers which cut all the shipbuilder’s aluminium plate and achieve a cutting distance of more than 20km per week and 1000 tonnes per year.