The winners of this year’s Metals NZ Awards were announced at an industry gala dinner held in Tauranga in early May. More than 130 members of the various associations belonging to Metals NZ and the industry attended the dinner, held at the Classic Flyers Aircraft Museum.
The Keith Smith Award for Distinguished Service went to the director, chairman and part-owner of Hydraulink Fluidconnectors, Noel Davies. He was presented with a commemorative plaque and a cheque for $2,000 by the widow of the late Keith Smith, Jean Smith, who is still actively involved in running the engineering company that they built together, Mobridge Limited.
There were four nominations for the Metals NZ Exporter of the Year: Victory Knives, Grayson Engineering, Page Macrae Engineering and Southern Cross Engineering (SCE), and it was the latter’s new generation of grain stackers that triumphed. After successfully designing and manufacturing the grain stacker, SCE generated in its first year of production an export sales revenue equivalent to $ 25 million in 2012, with the potential of between $NZ 10-15-million per annum over the next five years. It has also added 50 skilled employees to its Canterbury-based workforce.
Six companies were nominated for the Metals NZ Innovation Award – KIWIRail, MJH Engineering, Pacific Steel Group, South Auckland Forging Engineering (S.A.F.E.), Titanium Industry Development Association (TiDA) andSouthern Cross Engineering with its beat-all-comers grain stacker. But it was TiDA that took the prize for its ground-breaking research and development of what’s known in the industry as Powder Metallurgy Consolidation. TiDA has in the process become one of Australasia’s Titanium Powder Consolidation leaders.