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The 2022 Hunter Manufacturing Awards Inc. (HMA) will hold its annual gala awards’ event at NEX, King Street Newcastle on Friday 28th October 2022. Fourteen categories will be available for application which includes the re-introduction of the Apprentice of the Year- Manufacturing Award category.

The Launch of the 2022 awards program was held on the premises of the 2021 Manufacturer of the Year – 50 Employees or More, Molycop and was co-hosted by Brain Industries, the 2021 Manufacturer of the Year Less than 50 Employees winner.

HMA chair, Steven Smith, welcomed guests and thanked Molycop and Brain Industries for hosting the event.  Downer was thanked for their continuation of the Major Sponsorship for the 15th year.  Ausure Insurance Newcastle was welcomed as the 2022 Dinner Sponsor and Ampcontrol Group as the Apprentice of the Year – Manufacturing sponsor.

New Supporters for 2022 –  Amorgalv, Chamberlain Group,  Deeps Engineering, Design Anthology and Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce were also welcomed and thanked.

Steven Smith informed guests of the 2022 tagline – ‘Expect the Unexpected’ and explained that the Board felt the tagline most appropriate given the hardship that many people have had to endure over the past few years.

With respect to the manufacturing sector, Manufacturers are building back fast despite significant headwinds. The extraordinary levels of business uncertainty in the past couple of years may have honed instincts to expect the unexpected, but manufacturers have also acquired greater resiliency to sustain momentum and competitiveness. 

Molycop President Michael Parker and Brain Industries Managing Director, Tony Lobb presented their corporate videos and spoke about their companies.  A tour of the site was also conducted.

This year’s 14 categories are:

  1. Apprentice of the Year – Manufacturing – Ampcontrol Group
  2. Collaboration Partnership Award – sponsored by BAE Systems
  3. Excellence in Innovation Award – sponsored by TAFE NSW
  4. Excellence in Manufacturing Capability
  5. Excellence in Sustainable Operations – sponsored by Hedweld Group
  6. Excellence in Marketing – sponsored by The Measured Marketer
  7. Outstanding Start-Up Award – sponsored by Molycop
  8. Excellence in Building Workforce Capability for the Future – sponsored by Monica Clare Recruitment
  9. Rising Star Award – sponsored by Whitely Corporation
  10. Manufacturing Leader Award – sponsored by R&R Murphy
  11. Excellence in Product Design Award – sponsored by BISCIT
  12. Excellence in Export and Global Chains – sponsored by Nupress Group
  13. Manufacturer of the Year – Less Than 50 Employees – sponsored by Sirron Holdings Group
  14. Manufacturer of the Year – 50 or more Employees – sponsored by Major Sponsor, Downer


Helloworld Business Travel Newcastle will once again sponsor the Incentive Prize which is a trip for 2 people to a city of their choice in Australia or New Zealand.  The prize is drawn randomly and gives all finalists the opportunity to win. 

The Manufacturer of the Year Award winners will receive the prize of a trip for one person from their company to travel overseas to attend an event, or other similar occasion, where the company will benefit in obtaining entry to more business opportunities that are important to their company.

The Registration and Nomination period opened on 4th May and will close on 19th August.  There is no entry fee to enter the HMA and manufacturers in the region of the Hunter, Upper Hunter, Central Coast and Mid North Coast are eligible to enter.

FAQ’s relating to making submission into the awards can be found at