Queensland innovators recognised for export success

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Sixteen Queensland businesses have been recognised and celebrated for their international at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards in Brisbane last night.

Announcing the winners QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk paid tribute to all the finalists for their contribution to the QLD economy.

Tritium was named Queensland’s Exporter of the Year for their design and manufacture of DC fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles. The Brisbane-based company also won the Manufacturing export award.

Prolific export award winner Cook Medical Australia received the Health and Biotechnology Award in recognition for its continued export success and innovative research in the health sector.

“Such recognition enhances our opportunity to make advancements in the medical device industry, enabling us to deliver value for our customers and to continue helping to improve patient outcomes,” said Barry Thomas, Managing Director Cook Medical Asia-Pacific and Vice President Cook Incorporated.

“We thank our entire team for their collective efforts in helping us win this award.”

Consistent growth

Cook Medical was also selected as a Finalist for the Export Award for Manufacturing.

“We’re honoured to be recognised among the other award winners and finalists and congratulate Tritium for winning Queensland’s Exporter of the Year Award for 2018,” Mr Thomas said.

Established in 1979, Cook Medical Australia has seen consistent growth for almost 40 years.

In Brisbane, the company manufactures and exports endovascular stent-grafts for the treatment of aortic aneurysms, as well as products used in the IVF process. In 2017, Cook Medical Australia exported more than 94% of its locally manufactured product at a value exceeding A$150 million.

Earlier this year Cook Medical announced it was expanding capacity with the establishment of a second manufacturing shift and the addition of 94 new jobs to meet increasing export demand.

Transforming Australia’s medical technology industry

The company also launched the Australian Research Council Research Hub for the Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices with the goal of transforming Australia’s medical technology industry.

Last night’s awards were hosted by the Export Council of Australia in conjunction with Trade and Investment Queensland.

ECA Chief Executive Officer Alina Bain said as a leading advocate for international trade, the ECA, were honoured to manage the state-wide competition.

“Acknowledging exporters is vital in building awareness of new market opportunities available to business owners,” Ms Bain said. “These awards acknowledge the significant achievements that exporters have made to improving the State’s economic activity and boosting jobs.”

National category award winners:

  • Agribusiness winner: Mort & Co (Toowoomba) – feedlot and beef processing business
  • Minerals and Energy winner: Core Resources (Brisbane) – an environmentally friendly mineral processing company with solutions for the mining industry
  • Creative Industries winner: Cutting Edge (Brisbane) – a creative agency delivering sound, picture post production and video effects
  • Education and Training winner: University of Queensland (Brisbane) – one of Australia’s leading comprehensive and research-intensive universities
  • Environmental Solutions winner: Phibion (Brisbane) – specialist dewatering technology for mineral processing and land reclamation
  • E-Commerce winner: Grace Loves Lace (Gold Coast) – supplier of unique, luxury, wearable and accessible wedding dresses
  • Digital Technologies winner: AKIPS (Brisbane) – a network monitoring software business
  • Manufacturing winner: Tritium (Brisbane) – fast charging solutions for electric vehicles
  • Health and Biotechnology winner: Cook Medical (Brisbane) – manufacturer of medical devices for use in IVT procedures and for the treatment of aortic aneurysms
  • Business Services winner: AssetOn Group (Brisbane) – develops data on vehicle maintenance primarily for the mining industry
  • Small Business winner: Typefi (Sunshine Coast) – single-source automated publishing software that helps people around the world publish their content faster in many formats.
  • Regional Exporter winner: Opmantek (Gold Coast) – IT infrastructure management and audit software
  • Emerging winner: Tooletries (Brisbane) – instant storage and organisation solutions for everyday living, including toothbrush and razor holders

Queensland categories

  • Innovation winner: Digga Australia (Gold Coast) – manufacturer and earthmoving machinery attachments and mini loaders for the earthmoving and construction industry
  • Women in International Business winner: Hoodlum (Brisbane) – feature film and television drama producer
  • Defence winner: L3 Micreo (Brisbane) – design and production of leading-edge radio frequency and photonic components for radar subsystems
  • Premier of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year winner: Tritium

QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk presents the Export Award for Health and Biotechnology to Barry Thomas, Managing Director Cook Medical Asia-Pacific and Vice President Cook Incorporated (centre) with award sponsor Paul Martin, Sunshine Coast Council


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