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HunterNet Co-operative Limited Overview

HunterNet is widely recognised within Australian manufacturing and academia as the most successful industry ‘cluster’ of its type nationally. Incorporated in 1992, HunterNet is a network of manufacturing, engineering and specialist services companies located in the Hunter and Central Coast Regions of NSW. Formed as a non-trading, not for profit Co-Operative, it involves over 200 companies, active in national and international infrastructure & asset management, energy & resources, defence and advanced manufacturing supply chains.

HunterNet provides members numerous support programs covering areas such as:

  • Business Development

  • Business Systems & Processes.

  • WHS & Training.

  • Marketing & Communications

  • Innovation

  • Business Improvement; and

  • Government Advocacy

The network provides member companies with the opportunity to take part in activities previously out of reach of smaller enterprises including training and development, networking, joint marketing initiatives, joint project bids, focused task forces, trade missions and tendering.  Further, through its subsidiary (HunterNet Group Training Company) HunterNet manages the training and development program for apprentices and trainees across a diverse range of disciplines on behalf of its member host companies.

Relationships with key bodies such as Industry & Investment NSW, Regional Development Australia – Hunter, AusTrade and the University of Newcastle provide the network with additional support, services and weight in the political and business arena.

The success of HunterNet Members in winning work from major projects in sectors such as energy & resources, defence, infrastructure & asset management and advanced manufacturing will be a key factor in achieving future success for the region as the Hunter and Central Coast gears up for the next stage of industrial and economic development.

Quotes

  • 31 Mar 2014

    “HunterNet keeps Hunter Defence manufacturers and suppliers immediately in touch with opportunities in this complex industry area. HunterNet introduces Hunter industry to the strategic people in Defence, both nationally and internationally”.

  • 31 Mar 2014

    “Members need to be more innovative, smarter about the way they work, more careful managing risk. HunterNet can help with all of these things".

  • 31 Mar 2014

    “It’s all about passion: attending the meetings and forums, participating, contributing. What you put in is what you get out. It’s not a matter of ‘I’ve paid my money to join, now give me the information and the leads.’ We all walk through each other’s workshops and we don’t hide things like we used to. We see an opportunity and we think about how others can be part of that and work together with us.” Pat Smyth, Chair Infrastructure Forum

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