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April 17, 2018

2016 Makers Festival – Review

The objectives of the Makers Festival were to: Lift the spirits of local manufacturers; Change the perceptions of our local community about modern manufacturing; Demonstrate the strength of the teaching and research relationships with industry; and Showcase our manufacturing and technology capabilities to generate new business. Importantly it brought together what some people see as the “old world” of making with the “new world” of ideas and both need each other. The festival substantially met all of these objectives with very high satisfaction ratings by exhibitors and business and general visitors. The numbers are impressive with: 65 exhibitor stalls 200 […]
April 14, 2018

2016 – Saturday Events Visitors Brochure

The Visitors Brochure is provided below as a reference to for the program of events that happened on Saturday 12th November 2016. Download – 2016 Greater Hunter Makers Festival – Saturday Visitors Brochure  
April 6, 2018

Report to Exhibitors, Sponsors, Volunteers and Speakers 24th November 2016

Report to Exhibitors, Sponsors, Volunteers and Speakers 24th November 2016 Download the post-event report.
November 3, 2016

Making a difference; diversifying to thrive.

Manufacturing is no stranger to fluctuating markets and the challenges of globalisation. The core markets many companies once depended on are now unreliable. So what does it take to stay competitive and get ahead in this new climate? Kate Fagan from the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub speaks to Rod Murphy of R&R Murphy to find out. On a sunny day in Australian cities, you can look to the roof tops and find people enjoying gardens built into their terrace roofs. These private little pieces of paradise were not structurally possible in years gone by, but are now a […]
October 25, 2016

Australian HMS Mini Loaders make international debut at CIMETE

With the assistance of an Accelerating Commercialization Grant – awarded to HMS under the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs Programme – HMS Equipment has recently exported two locally manufactured HMS Mini Loaders to China; to take part in the China International Mining Equipment & Technology Exhibition (CIMETE). These loader, consisting of an above ground or hard rock mine spec. machine and an Outbye underground machine, represent the culmination of four years of research and development by HMS; as well as significant personal investment by HMS Group Managing Director Jamie Howard. A firm believer in local manufacturing and leveraging local networks to keep […]
October 25, 2016

Makers Festival Exhibitors blitz the Hunter Manufacturers Awards 2016

The Gala Dinner for the Hunter Manufacturing Awards was held on on Friday night 21st October 2016 and it was a very energising occasion to see so many innovative companies and people, as always. A full list of the finalists and winners can be seen at http://www.hma.org.au/news/ Of the 13 Award categories, Makers Festival registered exhibitors won or were placed in 8. 6 were winners and 5 were highly commended. Results like those certainly attest to the Makers Festival having the cream of the best manufacturing and technology companies in the Region. They were: Manufacturer of the Year Award 2016 […]
October 12, 2016

Hedweld’s New Advanced Manufacturing Facility Open

On September 7, 2016 Hedweld celebrated the grand opening of a new manufacturing facility that will drive innovation and advanced manufacturing in the Hunter Region. Located in Mt Thorley, NSW the new facility represents a $8 million investment and will result in the creation of high-tech engineering jobs initially, in disciplines ranging from mechanical and electrical to systems and software engineering.   Hedweld marked the occasion with an event attended by The Honourable Craig Laundy MP – Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science, Joel Fitzgibbon Member for Hunter, Michael Johnsen Member for Upper Hunter and John Martin Mayor Singleton […]
October 12, 2016

St Philip’s iSTEM students receive awards from Dr Ian Chubb

St Philip’s iSTEM students receive awards from Dr Ian Chubb (Former Chief Scientist of Australia) Four Year 10 iSTEM students were each awarded a Medal of Engineering Excellence by Dr Ian Chubb (former Chief Scientist of Australia) during his visit to the Hunter in August 2015. When speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Dr Chubb said that this (iSTEM) was “one of the great examples of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education he’s seen and exactly captures the practical nature of science and engineering.” Much of the success of this innovative and successful course is due to the ongoing support and encouragement provided […]
October 12, 2016

Innovation and tradition drive T.W. Woods’ technology showcase at Greater Hunter Makers’ Festival

One of the Newcastle-Hunter Valley region’s most innovative manufacturers of mining, energy and infrastructure products, T.W. Woods, will be a major exhibitor at this year’s Greater Hunter Makers’ Festival, November 11-12. The locally and globally focused family company, which prides itself on traditions of loyalty, self-reliance and service, will show a number of its latest innovations and capabilities that have attracted worldwide attention, including from China and the USA. The innovations – including technology for which the company is a finalist in this year’s Hunter Manufacturing Awards – encompass products designed and built in partnership with trailblazers in their markets, […]
October 12, 2016

Less Talking, More Making – Design Anthology

Everyone is innovating. Or are they? In his recent article on innovation theatre Tim Kastelle described what innovation theatre looks like in business and a range of symptoms of innovation theatre. His description is eye-opening – you may recognise some of the indicators and symptoms in your own organisation. He identifies talk about innovation, training programs, meetings, sessions and tools. All of these are useful but they neglect one key aspect. I couldn’t agree more with Kastelle that “…talking about your idea all the time, but not building it” is not innovation; it’s theatre. Quiet disruption At Design Anthology we […]

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