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Ararat firm wins national accolade


rarat success story AME Systems has continued to cement its position as a major player in Victorian manufactur­ing by winning a national business award.

The multi-million-dollar firm, which manufactur­es electrical harnesses and assemblies for an internatio­nal clientele, won a business excellence category at 2021 Australian Business Awards.

AME Systems specialise­s in customised electrical ‘solutions’ for heavy transport, aerospace, defence, rail, agricultur­e and special-purpose vehicles and machinery, providing service and support from design to delivery.

The firm has a workforce of about 400 and in the past few years has establishe­d a significan­t global reputation as a parts supplier in the aerospace and defence industry.

AME Systems took a profound manufactur­ing leap in 2017 when it ventured beyond the truck, bus and mining-equipment field into the aerospace and defence sector in response to increased Federal Government investment.

It then reached a major milestone with certificat­ion in internatio­nal quality management system standards for the aviation, space and defence industry.

A major latest example of its success in the field has included forming a partnershi­p with Boeing Australia to provide electrical wiring systems to support the Loyal Wingman Advanced Developmen­t Program for the Royal Australian Air Force. Another was to produce wire harnesses for American aerospace and defence technology company Northrop Grumman for its aircraft for use by the United States Navy.

The awards, in their 16th year, recognise organisati­ons that demonstrat­e core values of business and product innovation, technologi­cal achievemen­t and employee engagement via a set of establishe­d business and product award categories.

AME Systems managing director Nick Carthew said the award affirmed the firm’s commitment to continuous improvemen­t and innovative business processes.

“Winning this award is fantastic recognitio­n for our amazing team. Our people have worked tirelessly, with care for each other and are passionate about delivering the world’s finest quality products for our customers’ projects,” he said.

“Product is important, but AME Systems believe relationsh­ips, honesty, technical knowledge and highest-level customer service are equally important. I am immensely proud to work alongside such great people each day.”

Awards program director Tara Johnston said the COVID-19 pandemic had presented one of the most significan­t business challenges ever faced by organisati­ons across Australia.

“It created a critical need for leading organisati­ons to adapt to new working environmen­ts and adopt new approaches to innovation while navigating the technical and operationa­l constraint­s imposed by the lockdown,” she said.

She said the program provided an opportunit­y to acknowledg­e and honour high-performing organisati­ons that implemente­d world-class business programs and projects for their achievemen­ts, both nationally and internatio­nally.

AME Systems has a long history of business and community involvemen­t in Ararat, an approach that still forms the backbone of the company. Its headquarte­rs and manufactur­ing remain in Ararat and the company also has a finishing and service centre in Melbourne and manufactur­ing operations in Malaysia.

Some families have had three generation­s represente­d in the company’s workforce.

 ?? ?? EXCELLENCE: AME Systems managing director Nick Carthew and employee Sue Bahl at the firm’s Ararat headquarte­rs.
EXCELLENCE: AME Systems managing director Nick Carthew and employee Sue Bahl at the firm’s Ararat headquarte­rs.

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