This award was presented to Dr Roger Lumley, Mr Geoff Bell and Mr Sam Bell of AW Bell Pty Ltd at the AIRG Southern Region Meeting and Dinner in Melbourne last night (22 October), for development of an ABE casting process for Advanced Aerospace Castings.
Working with CSIRO, through the Researchers in Business Program, the AW Bell team developed the Aluminium Billet Equivalent (ABE) process – a revolutionary new approach to investment casting.
Approximately five years after initiating this new direction, AW Bell has gone from being a successful local company, to being an exporter of high-quality cast parts to Europe, Asia and North America. Innovative thinking, processes and technology together with a clear company vision have spearheaded this change.
AW Bell’s investment in technology and business process innovation has ensured that it not only competes with, but exceeds, manufacturers in traditionally more advanced overseas markets
In 2013 AW Bell was named the Victorian Manufacturer of the Year, a Victorian Government initiative which salutes excellence in manufacturing. It was commended for its innovation in manufacturing, quality management, sustainable practices, export record and enabling technologies.
Ken Mirams, AIRG President, said that AW Bell’s open approach and commitment to innovation in both R&D and business practice had seen it not only remain competitive in a declining market, but increase its profitability through expansion into new international markets.