A unique partnership between Austeng, bio-technology company Cytomatrix Pty. Ltd. and Deakin University has been recognized by winning the prestigious Victorian Engineering Excellence Award for Research & Development/Innovation at a glittering awards ceremony at Hamer Hall, Art Centre, on 10th September 2014.
These parties have together created a world-first manufacturing process for a new class of high value materials being novel or short nanofibres. These novel materials open up a wide range of new applications in bio-technology, medicine, materials science and other fields.
A successful, dynamic and interactive collaboration between academic and industrial partners has realized a multi-scale approach to short-nanofibre manufacturing. In a concerted effort, the various project partners contributed unique know-how with Austeng (project leader) providing fluid-systems engineering expertise, and Cytomatrix/Deakin providing the short nanofibre know-how and rapid prototyping capabilities including 3D printing. In 2014 Austeng manufactured, delivered, installed and commissioned the short nanofibre manufacturing plant.
Key engineering innovations of this project derive from design principles from the aeronautic and auto industries applied in an entirely-new context to generate highly-tuneable nanoscale fibre materials.
Ross George, Managing Director of Austeng commented that…”It was great to see academia and industry collaborating to produce such a good outcome for both parties and the Geelong region and to be recognized by engineering peers for the underlying engineering innovation and development”.
Austeng’s outstanding reputation and track record in the industry was recognised when it was inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony held on Monday 11th May, 2009 at Crown Palladium, Southbank.
The Victorian Government established the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in June 2001 to celebrate manufacturing excellence in Victoria. The Hall of Fame showcases locally based manufacturers whose innovative and sophisticated solutions to manufacturing challenges are world class.
In partnership with the Manufacturing Industry Consultative Council and the Victorian government selects individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to sustained manufacturing excellence for inclusion in the Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
David Peart, Executive Officer of the Geelong Manufacturing Council, commented that “To be recognised as among the best in Victoria is a significant achievement, so we congratulate Austeng for this latest success”.
Ross George, managing director of Austeng said that “he can attribute a large part of Austeng’s success over the years to the employees ability to accept the challenge of both constant innovation of flexibility”.
Austeng was proud to receive the 2007 Geelong Advertiser Business Excellence Award in the category of “Manufacturing and/or Export” in addition to its 2006 Geelong Advertiser Business Excellence Award in the category of “Innovation in Research”
Austeng’s innovative designs and excellent workmanship has been recognised with an Australian Design Award and a Prince Phillip Prize as well as “The Year 2000 Import Replacement Outstanding Achievement Award”.
“The Year 2000 Import Replacement Outstanding Achievement Award”, sponsored by the Industrial Supplies Office Victoria (I.S.O). At the time, I.S.O. Chairman Bob Herbert stated that –
“The award recognised the company’s innovative approach and ability to successfully and quickly identify a client’s problem and develop an engineering solution to projects that would otherwise go overseas.”