Advanced manufacturer ANCA was announced as the Australian Exporter of the year at the 53rd Australian Export awards held in Melbourne on 27 November.

The Melbourne-based company, which specialises in hi-tech tool and cutter grinders, was also named the winner in the Manufacturing category. Co-founder and Director Pat Boland accepted the awards on behalf of ANCA. Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb made the announcement at the awards ceremony held to honour the achievements of Australian businesses in international markets.

“ANCA has been a leader in its field for 40 years and in that time it has significantly expanded its export markets and is on track for a record year of growth,” said Robb. “They’ve hired 160 new employees to meet the increasing demand for their products, and are proof that Australia has a very healthy future manufacturing high-quality and innovative products.”

ANCA exports 98% of its products to customers such as Boeing, Sandvik and Rolls Royce. ANCA machines are used to make tools that are used to make products such as planes, cars, smart phones and medical products. On receiving the major award, Boland thanked the team at ANCA and his co-founder Pat McCluskey, who he described as a ‘hive of creativity’.

“I get enormous satisfaction from visiting our customers around the world and seeing our products being used to make things,” said Boland. “Being part of making things is one of the many benefits of a career in manufacturing. When it comes to the benefits of global export and innovation, you don’t have to be the smartest people around and you don’t require natural advantages. The big trick is just to go out and do it. We have also always been driven to make our machines simply do things better.”

ANCA is a member of The ANCA Group which also includes ANCA Motion and Tinfish. With an Australian headquarters The ANCA Group employs 970 people globally. It has offices in the UK, Germany, Japan, China, Thailand, Brazil, India, Mexico and the USA, and is supported by a global network of agents.