Ego Pharmaceuticals, a leader in skincare products, is the 2017 Australian Exporter of the Year.
The dermatological products maker, which increased sales to China 179 per cent in 2016-2017, won the title at the 55th Australian Export Awards.
Ego, who also won the Manufacturing Award, produces 120 products including QV Skincare, Sunsense sunscreen and Aqium Hand Sanitiser.
The Victorian family-owned businesses has been operating since 1953 and now exports to 27 countries.
It was selected from 12 national category winners representing exporters across a range industries and locations throughout Australia.
The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo presented awards at a gala dinner in Canberra earlier this week.
NEC Australia, which has invested more than $200 million in research and development in Australia over past 15 years, won the Minister’s Investment Award.
NEC Australia has also recognised the potential of Australia’s regional centres, opening a corporate office at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus and creating 180 new ICT jobs in regional NSW.
High quality goods and services
“This year’s winners export a variety of high quality Australian goods and services from abalone to underwear, and medical instruments to environmental solutions,” said Mr Ciobo.
“Together, the 77 finalists generated more than $3.9 billion in export sales in 2016-17 and employ more than 31,000 people.”
The awards honour the innovation and achievement of Australian companies.
“I congratulate this year’s winners and thank them, and all our exporters, for their contribution to Australia’s economy.
“Exports create jobs – that’s why the Turnbull Coalition Government is pursuing an ambitious trade agenda to new open new markets for Australian exporters.”
55th Australian Export Awards winners: