Twelve local businesses were recently recognised for their exporting excellence in this year’s ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards. Presented on 26 September 2013 by ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, the awards recognise the innovation, hard work and success of businesses, large and small, in reaching new markets through exporting their products or services. The awards highlight those companies who are contributing to the $1.3 billion worth of products and services being exported annually from the ACT.
Taking out the coveted ACT Exporter of the Year Award was Aspen Medical. This was the third consecutive year that the global healthcare solutions provider has one the overall award.
Aspen Medical was founded in Canberra in 2003 and provides healthcare in remote, challenging and under-resourced locations. In 2004, Aspen Medical provided primary healthcare and surgery clinics to Australian Federal Police and Defence personnel in the Solomon Islands and has since expanded its operations to the UK, USA, Canada, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and Iraq.
In 2012-13 Aspen Medical’s exports grew by 16 percent to $44 million. Exports now account for close to 20 percent of the business’ worldwide turnover, which more than doubled from last year.
To further recognise the ACT exporting community, two new award categories were added to this year’s ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards. The first of these, the Exporting to Asia Award, provided an opportunity for ACT businesses to be recognised for their outstanding international success in exporting to Asia. The award was won by IE Asia Pacific, a small business based in Canberra providing niche products, services and solutions that improve the detection capability for military Air Defence Radars and increase the safety of civil Air Traffic Control.
The Exporting Government Solutions Award, the second category to be added, provided the opportunity for ACT based government agencies and businesses that are exporting government solutions to be acknowledged. The winner of this category was the Royal Australian Mint, who’s exporting highlights included assisting Pacific Islander countries to acquire new circulating coins, eleven completed projects with global Mints and coin dealers, and engineering and producing the world’s first colour-printed curved coin.
In total, there were twelve categories in the 2013 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards. The category winners are:
- Agribusiness: Inland Trading Co (Aust)
- Business Services: Northrop Consulting Engineers
- Creative Industries: Bearcage Pty Ltd
- Education & Training: University of Canberra
- Environmental Solutions: XP Solutions
- Health & Biotechnology: Aspen Medical
- ICT: Seeing Machines Limited
- Infrastructure & Construction: Windlab
- Small Business: eValua
- Exporting Government Solutions: Royal Australian Mint
- ACT Exporting to Asia: IE Asia Pacific
- Emerging Exporter: QuintessenceLabs
Winners from the ACT awards (except for the Exporting Government Solutions and Exporting to Asia Award categories) will go on to be a national finalist at the 51st Australian Export Awards held in Melbourne in November.