Plant of the Year Award

Established 1965

This annual award is for a significant contribution to manufacturing operations, including technical, scientific and technology aspects.

Award Information

Nomination process

Companies are invited to submit a brief outline (250 words maximum) of the plant/process they wish to submit for review to SCI® HQ in London at:

Submissions will be forwarded to the Australian Committee for review and follow up. A panel from the SCI® Australia Committee will visit the plant and assess the merits of the submission according to the judging criteria. The Award will be made by the SCI® Board of Trustees based on the final recommendation from the Australia Committee.

Presentation and award prize

The Plant of the Year Award is presented at a formal dinner in Australia at a suitably convenient location. It comprises a bronze wall plaque and a certificate. The winning company can expect to receive global publicity and recognition for its achievements through the monthly magazine “Chemistry and Industry”, the SCI® web site and other social media platforms.

Eligibility Criteria

    • No restrictions on the type of process nominated, but it must be whole or part of a manufacturing operation.
    • Operating efficiently for at least 12 months.
    • Contribution in technology, both scientific and technical, in Australia.
    Career Stage
    • Mid - late career
    • Manufacturing process
    • Located within Australia


Frequency Annual
Nominations close 30 June 2023

Judging criteria

  • Innovation – what is particularly innovative about the process and the facility which embodies the process? What is novel?
  • What needs are met? – what needs are addressed by the new plant or process, what problem is the facility designed to solve and how is it solved? What new products are made and how are existing products being made more efficiently?
  • Occupational health & safety and environmental impact – how are best practice criteria being met?
  • Contribution – to national wellbeing, the national and world economy, and to stakeholders in the venture.

Download the Plant of the Year 2023 Flyer for more information

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