General Portfolio Press Releases

07
Jun

Recognising technology in Victorian manufacturing

General Portfolio Press Releases
Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips today congratulated Rowville-based medical diagnostics manufacturer Universal Biosensors for being awarded the 2013 Manufacturing Hall of Fame Technology in Manufacturing Award, at the Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards held last night.

Minister Rich-Phillips said the Technology in Manufacturing Award was established this year as a new category at the Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards.

“The Coalition Government is committed to increasing innovation in technology to grow the role of technology in manufacturing, particularly through micro and nanotechnology, and it is very fitting that this new award has been established as part of the wider awards program,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Universal Biosensors operates from a highly automated manufacturing plant and research development facility in Rowville – which is a great example of how technology has been utilised to its full capacity to improve productivity, enable the company to generate more than $30 million in revenue last year and keep over 100 jobs in Victoria.

“I not only congratulate Universal Biosensors on their win, but also extend my congratulations to all the winners from last night’s ceremony, who were presented with their awards by Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

Universal Biosensors is a success story in Victorian technology and is working with global manufacturers Johnson and Johnson through their subsidiary company LifeScan Inc to develop a blood glucose monitoring product.

In 2011, the Victorian Coalition Government launched the $150 million Victoria’s Technology Plan for the Future to support the growth of the technology sector in Victoria.

Media contact:
Kristy McSweeney 0408 451 658 kristy.mcsweeney@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Source: Gordon Rich-Phillips - Minister for Technology

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