The Hunter region’s Hedweld Engineering has won the NSW Premier’s Export Award in the energy and minerals sector, its third consecutive year of success at the awards.
The ABC reports that Hedweld, a maker of safety products for miners, has expanded its global reach from 26 to 29 countries, and makes 40 per cent of its revenues from exports.
“We’ve gradually increased our export percentage by roughly ten percent per annum for the last five years and we’ve also been increasing our turnover by roughly 20 percent per annum for the last five years,” Mark Gream, Hedweld’s global products manager, told the ABC.
“So we’ve effectively doubled the size of our business in the last five years and export is a major part of that growth.”
Last year Hedweld won the small to medium Manufacturing Exporter of the Year at the Premier’s NSW Export Awards, as well as awards including the NSW Minerals Council’s Supplier of the Year (Mining Technology Award) in 2012.
Gream said that the company was a demonstration the region’s strength in manufacturing.
“We support the local industry heavily and we try and use local suppliers wherever we can and we believe that the Hunter is still a great place to be a manufacturer.” Hedweld’s products include its Safe-Away ladder and access systems and Trilift component handling tools.