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Winery Engineering Association

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The origins of the Association were informal winery visits and dinners fostered by Programmed Maintenance Services (who became our Founding Sponsor) in the early 1980’s. These visits and dinners grew each year as winery engineers recognised the value of the opportunities to discuss common issues and challenges with their peers in a relaxed setting and it wasn’t long before other suppliers to the wine industry also wanted to become involved and provide information about new products and processes. In 1984, the Association was initially formed at what had become a regular annual conference and membership has steadily grown since then. In 2000 the AGM of the Association formally recognised the important partnership between winery engineers and those who supply products and services to the industry by creating an Associate Membership category to encourage everyone involved in engineering and production aspects of winemaking to join together for our mutual benefit in promoting the objectives of the association.

Membership

Associate members enjoy the same rights as members and are able to be on any committee but are unable to vote at the Annual General Meeting. We now also have members in NZ and the US as there are no similar organisations in those countries

Conferences

The conference and associated suppliers exhibition is now held annually in various wine regions in NSW, Vic and SA and in 2004 at the request of new Zealand colleagues, a conference was also held there and has been held biannually in NZ ever since.

WEA Committee

The committee of the WEA represents a wide cross section of the industry and the current committee is listed on the website.

WEA Newsletter

 

The association has a regular newsletter “Winelines” which is emailed to members quarterly. Links to previous newsletters can be found at the bottom of this page.

 

Website

With the development of our new website will come a member’s only section which will provide additional support via articles, research reports and copies of presentations from past conferences and past newsletters.

 

Scholarships

As the Association has developed it has at different stages provided scholarships at Universities to encourage students to look at careers in the industry, provided grants for members to travel overseas on fact finding tours and subsidised attendance at the NZ conference for Australian members as well as subsidise winery tours in NZ. We are currently looking at member growth within our industry and in “like” industries that use similar processes and equipment such as dairy, beverage and food industries as well as extension in other countries. A series of regional events have also been initiated and will be continued this year with sponsorship from our Associate members.

Patron Sponsor

We are also fortunate to have Rockwell Automation as our patron sponsor, they have been strong supporters of the Association for many years.

As the only industry body for engineering activity in the Australian and New Zealand wine industries, the Winery Engineering Association holds a very important place in one of the most progressive industries in both countries.

For any other information about membership or Association activities please contact the executive officer:

Trevor Leighton
Winery Engineering Association
PO Box 433 Buronga NSW 2739
Mob 0417 597 956   Fax 03 5022 0535

Membership Application Form

Reap the rewards of Membership in the WEA by downloading the application form and sending it in.

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Current Newsletter - February 2017

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