Some of Australia's most innovative and successful exporters were honoured for their achievements tonight at the 49th Australian Export Awards.
The Awards were presented at a gala event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, where 12 companies were recognised for their exporting success in agribusiness, arts and entertainment, education and training, minerals and energy, services and manufacturing.
Trade Minister Craig Emerson said the wide range and high calibre of the winning group reflected the depth and diversity of the Australian economy.
"Australia is a vibrant, competitive economy which owes its good reputation in the world to its entrepreneurs, business people and investors," Dr Emerson said.
"Many of the winners gained an edge on their competitors by developing or adopting new technology, especially in the field of clean energy."
"Other companies have shown how the identification of niche markets and focus on meeting their unique demands can magnify comparative advantage," he said.
"With the high Australian dollar making life difficult for most of our exporters, these finalists and so many more have excelled in finding new ways of successfully marketing their products and services in tough global markets," Dr Emerson said.
Tonight's award ceremony was the culmination of a series of state and territory competitions which resulted in a final field of 75 national contenders.
Together, the 75 national finalists contributed $5.6 billion in export earnings to the Australian economy, and employed more than 10,000 people.
The Australian Export Awards is one of Australia's most prestigious and longest-running business award programs. It celebrates the contribution that Australian companies make to the country's economy.
The 49th Awards was co-presented by Austrade and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
|Prime Minister’s Australian Exporter of the Year Award||Sedgman Limited (Qld)|
|Agribusiness Award||Longwarry Food Park (VIC)|
|Arts and Entertainment Award||Laservision (NSW)|
|Education and Training Award||Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education, The University of Queensland (QLD)|
|Emerging Exporter Award||Health Projects International (NSW)|
|Information and Communication Technology Award||Codan Limited (SA)|
|Large Advanced Manufacturer Award||Finisar Australia (NSW)|
|Large Services Award||Aspen Medical (ACT)|
|Minerals and Energy Award||Sedgman Limited (QLD)|
|Regional Exporter Award||Almondco Australia (SA)|
|Small Business Award||MTECH Systems (VIC)|
|Small to Medium Manufacturer Award||PWR Performance Products (QLD)|
|Small to Medium Services Award||Prism Defence (SA)|
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