Outstanding Victorian manufacturing businesses and individuals leading the way in the sector are urged to nominate for the 2018 Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards.

Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll announced the opening of nominations on 31 January during a visit to Carbon Revolution in Geelong, a manufacturer renowned for its innovative carbon-fibre wheel technology. Manufacturing is worth $27.7bn to the Victorian economy and employs 286,000 Victorians across more than 13,000 businesses. In 2016, manufacturing experienced the fastest employment growth of any industry in Victoria with around 40,000 new jobs created.

This year’s theme is Advancing Victorian Manufacturing, which highlights innovation and the strengths of Victorian companies in advanced manufacturing. The 2018 awards will feature a new award, Woman Manufacturer of the Year, to recognise outstanding women working in the manufacturing industry.

Other categories include Young Manufacturer of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year and Leader in Workforce Skills Development and Company Induction. Awards will also be given to companies operating in high-growth manufacturing sectors: transport, defence & construction technologies; medical technology and pharmaceuticals; new energy technologies; and food & fibre.

“I’m proud that this year’s awards feature the new Woman Manufacturer of the Year award, recognising all of the women in the sector breaking down barriers and succeeding in their careers,” said Carroll. “These awards are all about celebrating advanced manufacturing – I strongly encourage manufacturers to nominate and showcase their talents.”

Nominations close 7 March and the awards will be announced at the 2018 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Gala Dinner in May. Manufacturers can nominate for the awards by visiting the Business Victoria website.