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August 2016


Joint award with New Age Caravans

AL-KO scores double at Vic industry awards

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AL-KO International scored a double in the Victoria caravan industry's Hall of Fame Industry Awards.

The market leader in trailer, caravan and motorhome technology was named joint Manufacturer of the Year while one of its bosses also received the Charlie Tebb Service to Industry Award for 2016.

AL-KO shared the Manufacturer of the Year title with New Age Caravans, becoming the first component manufacturer to receive the prestigious award which recognises manufacturers for their outstanding business performance during the last 12 months.

Judges also took into account a wide range of criteria including manufacturing innovation, business growth achievements, workplace health and safety initiatives and environmental and community support.

New Age Caravans said it was a "wonderful achievement" for the company and its chief executive Gabby Montagnese.

AL-KO managing director Peter Mannfolk said his business was honoured to receive the title.

The past year had been particularly successful in Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to recent product developments such as its Electronic Stability Control (ESC), in late 2015 AL-KO invested in additional state-of-the-art robotics technology to facilitate the launch of the new AL-KO Enduro Independent Trailing Arm Suspension and ensure quality and consistency in manufacture.

AL-KO was inducted into the elite Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2013, an initiative of the Victorian Government that recognises sustained contribution to manufacturing excellence in Victoria.

Reflecting on what the award meant for AL-KO, Mr Mannfolk said: "This award proves there has never been a more exciting time to be part of the AL-KO team.

"We are looking forward to continuing to work with the industry to drive excellence in manufacturing and product innovation right here in Australia."

Completing a highly successful night for AL-KO, company director Sven Mannfolk was also recognised for his significant contribution to the industry by taking out the Charlie Tebb Service to Industry Award for 2016.

He has overseen rapid and ongoing growth of the company in Australia and New Zealand driven by product range expansion, innovation and a commitment to quality.


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