ebm-papst Australia and New Zealand was awarded the 2018 AIRAH award for “Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion”.
On Thursday the 15thof November, representatives from ebm-papst A&NZ attended the AIRAH Awards Gala Dinner, in Melbourne. The Awards recognise high achievers and stand-out projects in the Australian HVAC&R industry.
Simon Bradwell, Managing Director of ebm-papst A&NZ, and Martina Heine, Technical Manager, proudly accepted the award on behalf of the team. The Melbourne based subsidiary of ebm-papst has a highly successful and diverse team. With a staff of 42 across 3 sales office locations, only 17 team members were born in Australia or New Zealand.Overall, ebm-papst A&NZ represents 15 different nationalities and half of the employees are female.
ebm-papst A&NZ hires engineers for both product development and sales roles. The majority of the product development/engineering team including Technical Manager, Martina Heine, are women. In the Australian manufacturing industry only 24.8% are women (WGEA, 2018), compared to ebm-papst’s 43.6%.
Martina Heine gave an empowered speech to the attendees of the Awards ceremony about the lack of female representation in engineering. “Diversity is linked to increased innovation, productivity, performance and growth. These advantages should encourage us all to employ staff of diverse background. We need to employ more female engineers and allow them to grow within our company. By doing that, we can make our industry more innovative and even better than what it is already.”