Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    Engineering company wins prestigious business award

    25/10/2010 12:00 AM

    Malaga-based Matrix Composites and Engineering Pty Ltd won the Premier’s Award for Excellence at the 2010 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards on Friday night.


    The WA Industry and Export Awards showcase the achievements of Western Australian business and recognise the valuable contribution it makes to the State’s economy.


    Commerce and Science and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion said Matrix had established a solid reputation nationally and internationally as a leading manufacturer of engineered products for the subsea oil and gas, mining and defence industries.


    “The oil and gas industry is vital to the growth of WA’s economy and companies such as Matrix play an important role in the development of this sector,” Mr Marmion said.


    “Matrix is an export oriented company and its products, which are all manufactured in WA, are exported to countries such as Brazil, Korea, the United States and a number of other international destinations.


    “The company is also planning to open a new world-class production facility at the

    Australian Marine Complex in Henderson.


    “This facility will house the world’s largest and most sophisticated buoyancy production plant and provide a platform for future export and employment growth.


    “I would also like to congratulate all of the other award winners for their achievements and their significant contribution to the State’s economy.”


    The winners of the 2010 WA Industry and Export Awards are:


    ·             Premier’s Award for Excellence - Matrix Composites and Engineering Pty Ltd




    ·             C.Y. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering - Imaging the South (Bunbury)

    Imaging the South is one of Australia's leading and most progressive providers of diagnostic imaging services and is almost entirely devoted to remote and rural WA.  Imaging the South have recently re-branded and changed the name of their company to Global Diagnostics. 


    Special Commendation:  Reflex Instruments (Osborne Park)

    Reflex Instruments is a leading supplier of survey and core orientation instruments for the global minerals industry. The company has a presence in all significant mining and exploration regions including Africa, the Asia Pacific and the America’s.


    ·             Marketing and Design Excellence Award - The Perth Mint (East Perth)

    The Perth Mint has successfully operated in the competitive global precious metals industry for 25 years and issues some of the most significant bullion and commemorative coin programs ever seen.


    ·             Innovation Excellence Award - Western Mineral Fertilisers (Tenterden)

    Western Mineral Fertilisers is a leader in the biology and mineral fertilisers sector through its development of a technologically-advanced mineral fertiliser formulation and manufacturing process with soil microbe blends.  


    Special Commendation:  Imaging the South (Bunbury)




    ·             Emerging Exporter - Silver Trowel Trade Training (Cannington)

    Silver Trowel Trade Training provides high quality educational opportunities and services which promote individual development in a multicultural community.


    ·             Small Business Export Award - Epichem Pty Ltd (Murdoch)

    Epichem was formed in 2003 to provide synthetic and medicinal chemistry services to drug discovery and pharmaceutical industries internationally.


    Special Commendation:  Minemax (West Perth)

    Minemax specialises in mine planning and scheduling solutions which cover the spectrum of strategic and operational mine planning, helping mining companies achieve production requirements, maximise resource utilisation and optimise business value.


    ·             Small to Medium Manufacturer Export Award - MineARC Systems (Welshpool)

    Present in more than 100 operations in 30 countries, MineARC Systems is a global leader in the manufacture and supply of emergency safe-refuge to the underground mining, tunneling and petrochemical industries. 


    ·             Large Advanced Manufacturer Export Award - Matrix Composites and Engineering (Malaga)


    ·             Agribusiness Export Award - Wescobee (Bayswater)

    The Wescobee honey company has been in operation since 1926 and has a renowned reputation for marketing a genuine, pure and natural honey world-wide.  It is currently the second major honey exporter of consumer packaged honey.


    ·             Information and Communication Technology Export Award - Micromine (Nedlands)

    With clients on every continent and 70 per cent of sales derived from overseas markets, Micromine is the leading provider of innovative software solutions and services to the mining and exploration industry.


    ·             Services Export Award - Silverise Pty Ltd  (Maddington)

    Silverise is one of the largest raise bore drilling consumable manufacturers in the

    Southern Hemisphere and one of the three largest consumable manufacturers globally.



    Special Commendation:  Gelare International (Kardinya)

    Geláre cafés specialise in super-premium ice creams, frozen yoghurts, sorbets, smoothies, waffles and coffee.


    ·             Minerals and Energy Export Award - Dampier Salt Limited (Belmont)

    Dampier Salt is a world leader in the reliable supply of high quality solar salt with operations in Dampier, Port Hedland and Lake MacLeod.


    Special Commendation:  Alcoa of Australia (Applecross)

    Alcoa’s Australian operations represent the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and rolling system. 


    ·             Education and Training Export Award - Navitas (Mount Pleasant)

    Navitas is an Australian diversified global education leader providing pre-university and university programs to more than 22,000 students enrolled in 30 colleges across nine countries.


    ·             Hall of Fame Inductee - The Perth Mint

    Winners of the Marketing and Design Excellence Award 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.


    The WA Industry and Export Awards program is co-ordinated by the Department of Commerce and sponsored by Austrade, AusIndustry, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Australian Council for Private Education and Training, Craig Mostyn Group, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, Fremantle Ports, Lavan Legal, Rio Tinto and The West Australian. 


    Minister's office  - 9222 9111