GP Graders, a leading exporter of fruit-grading and packing machinery, has won yet another major export award for its state-of-the-art equipment.
The Melbourne-based family-owned company picked up the 2015 Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) Export Achievement Award at a special ceremony in Melbourne last week.
The Export Achievement Award is given to an Australian company who has made a worthwhile contribution to an existing or new export market over the last two years.
In accepting the award GP Graders Managing Director, Stuart Payne, acknowledged his team for their continued focus on innovation and setting industry standards.
“I am delighted GP Graders has been recognised for its commitment to international export markets,” Mr Payne said.
“Our team has been unapologetic in its approach to pushing what may seem to others a fairly traditional industry to use revolutionary technology and machinery that delivers what was once a manual task.”
The impact that the AirJet Cherry Defect Grader has made in the US, Europe and South America was the key reason GP Graders won the award.
Outstanding six-month period
Adoption of the AirJet technology has seen GP Graders’ customers experience revenue increases of up to 25 percent and cost reductions of up to 35 percent per year – unprecedented in the fruit-sorting industry.
The award caps an outstanding six months for GP Graders.
Last December GP Graders was named 2014 Australian Exporter of the Year, and also received the 2014 Governor of Victoria Export Award for Manufacturing in October.
“This award further cements our position in the designated GP Graders markets and most importantly the role our technology plays in transforming the industry,” Mr Payne said.
“GP Graders has extensively invested in research and development, more so than what many in the industry have been willing to commit.
“We are committed to further research and development and ensuring any future technologies continually deliver value to our customers.”