Vehicle utility tray and canopy manufacturer MITS Alloy has powered ahead after being named Manufacturer of the Year (50 employees or more) for 2022 in the Hunter Manufacturing Awards (HMA).
Following extensive R&D, the company’s engineers developed a method using interlocking structural frame construction which enabled MITS Alloy to move away from the conventional aluminium extrusion and flat-sheet method of assembly for these products.
It was not merely a time-saver, but a game-changer according to the Mayfield North company – the method greatly reduces the degree of labour and time required for pre-welding the structural assembly.
The business also moved moved to a new manufacturing facility and away from custom manufacturing to enable critical mass and assembly-line functionality. It now collaborates regularly with its leading mission critical suppliers to ensure supply chain capability.
Managing director Tony Brooks said: “We have entered into joint ventures with key supplier.
“MITS Alloy has broadened its global footprint and expanded its distribution partner platform in the US, South America, and Indonesia. We are also in negotiations with potential UAE-based overlanding and 4×4 industry partners.”
Last year, MITS Alloy featured on the cover of US magazine MotorTrend, which Brooks said provided exceptional recognition in the North American market and positioned the company as a major brand in the ‘overlanding’ sector.
Brooks said MITS Alloy was integrating AI into its manufacturing processes.
“This is not to reduce employee numbers.
“On the contrary, it’s to entice trade professionals to join us and improve efficiencies in production, focusing on menial tasks aversion.
“We have also spent considerable energy and resources on customer-centric processes to enhance the overall experience when dealing with MITS Alloy.”
Hunter Manufacturing Awards represents all businesses actively engaged in the manufacturing sector, including their allies, in the Upper Hunter, Lower Hunter, Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, and Mid-North Coast regions. The awards inspire, encourage, and recognise vibrant and enduring manufacturing in these regions.
In recognising the growth of manufacturing in the Hunter and celebrating the innovations and commitment, HMA 2023 places a spotlight squarely on global reach.
The organisation is keen to push the message of international opportunities and its tagline for 2023 is ‘made in the Hunter, for the world’.
Further information here.
Picture: MITS Alloy/on the road in the Flinders Ranges