Local tap manufacturer running hot after awards


The head of TAKE2 member Sussex Taps has been recognised at the 2018 Victorian Manufacturing Hall Fame Awards. Vanessa Katsanevakis was recently named Young Manufacturer of the Year at a gala ceremony in Melbourne.

“It is a real honour to be acknowledged in this way,” says Vanessa, who as director has steered the high-end tapware company from strength to strength. “The Sussex team and I work with great passion and belief in what we stand for and the goals we are aiming to achieve. It is always wonderful to receive a pat on the back and encouragement that we are on the right path.”

Sussex Taps products are made at workshops in Melbourne. As part of its TAKE2 pledge, the company has installed a 100 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, which will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by about 30 per cent—roughly 408 tonnes a year.

Under Vanessa’s leadership, sustainability is set to remain a core value. Reclaiming materials is already an integral part of the manufacturing process at Sussex Taps, with each component crafted with precision from solid blocks of recycled brass.

“I think as we grow and continue to evolve the business, we will encounter new challenges and opportunities to keep reviewing our sustainability practices,” says Vanessa. “It is an ongoing journey and part of our commitment to manufacturing the best product we can, in every way.”

This year, the Victorian Manufacturing Hall Fame Awards put the spotlight on women in the industry, with the introduction of an individual award for Woman Manufacturer of the Year.

“The doors to a career in manufacturing are wide open to men and women alike, and women are making their mark more than ever,” Vanessa says. “I feel that as a female I can add a different angle to a manufacturing business, and I work beside an amazing management team who each bring their own strengths.”

To see what else Sussex Taps is doing to fight climate change, check out the company’s TAKE2 pledge. Installing solar panels is just one of the many ways businesses can help Victoria reach net zero emissions by 2050. Start promoting your own actions by updating your pledge.