The 53rd Australian Export Awards

With the Western Australian Industry Export Award win under our belts a delegation from EIT set off for the national event in Melbourne.

It was hosted in the Touring Hall at the Melbourne Museum on Friday 27th November. Minister for Trade and Investment, the Honourable Andrew Robb AO MP addressed the audience, pointing out that the companies represented at the event all together employ more than 16,000 Australians and in 2014-15 generated more than $1.9 billion in export sales.

Adam Spencer, proved an amusing MC, ably dispelling contestant nerves.

Seventy-four state winners, across twelve categories attended. (EIT competed in the education and training category). We were optimistic, but sadly did not win.

The event did, however, show-case a range of companies experiencing considerable international success - businesses as diverse as they are impressive.

The education and training prize was won by a real export success story, Origo Education. They are based in Queensland, but North America is a key market. They cover all facets of primary school mathematics; producing both print and digital resources. EIT congratulates them. (We look forward to meeting some of these able mathematicians when they mature and search for engineering and technology education).

The overall export award winner was a great choice. ANCA is a Victorian company manufacturing computer numeric control tool and cutter grinders. It is indeed heartening to see a manufacturing company forging ahead in an environment which has been tough.

Politicians such as Minister Robb have been working hard to level the playing field for Australian business. These efforts will inevitably encourage international market penetration and the recognition of international success will inspire businesses to excel.