Two billion-dollar exporters, Austal Ships and Woodside Energy, are among this year’s winners in the Western Australian Industry and Export awards announced tonight.
But small companies also scored. Dual awards went to Osborne Park radio technology firm, Q-Mac Electronics, whose marketing department of just three people services 40 countries.
Other awards were taken out by highly innovative businesses including wheat-filled toy maker, Hotbods Creatures of Belmont, maritime safety trainers, Marine and Offshore Group of Nedlands and business software manufacturer Lasata of West Perth.
Commerce and Trade Minister Hendy Cowan said this year’s winners reflected the skills and passions of Australia today. For example, the builders of the Northbridge Tunnel, the Baulderstone Clough joint venture, received the prize for engineering and the developers and promotors of the Olympic coin and medal collection, Gold Corporation, were acclaimed for outstanding marketing success.
“Western Australia now earns $25 billion annually in exports,” the Minister said.
“Manufacturing has lifted its share by 11 per cent in the past year.”
Mr Cowan said the award winners employed tens of thousands of Western Australians, with an increasing number in the export-focused services sector.
For the second consecutive year the agribusiness export award was won by Manjimup Coolstores Syndicate and the education award by Curtin University of Technology.
The inaugural export award for arts and entertainment was given to West Perth’s CVA Film and Television, a program maker to Asian and other global media outlets.
Mr Cowan presented the Premier’s award for overall performance to Austal Ships, which took out other awards for design and large manufacturing exports.
The Industry and Export Awards are sponsored by the Department of Commerce and Trade, Austrade, The West Australian, Hamersley Iron, BankWest Business, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, KPMG and Telstra.
The awards were presented at a gala event held at the Burswood Ballroom.
Winner in 2000 WA Industry and Export Awards
C Y O’Connor Award for Engineering Excellence
Baulderstone Clough Joint Venture (Perth)
Contact: Darryl Thomas
Manager Marketing Services
Tel: 9281 9339
WA Design Award, Large Manufacturers Export Award
and Premier’s Award
Austal Ships Pty Ltd
Contact: Chris Norman
Tel: 9410 1111
Contact: Ms Alison Puchy
Manager, Public Affairs
Tel: 9421 7203,
Research and Development Award
Small to Medium Manufactuers Export Award
Contact: Elizabeth Natta
Tel: 9204 2444
Email: sales @qmac.com
Emerging Exporter Award
Hotbods Creatures Pty Ltd
Contact: Susy Griffiths
Tel: 9478 4004
Agribusiness Export Award
Manjimup Coolstores Syndicate Ltd
Contact: Don Geare, Managing Director
Tel: 9771 1344
Arts and Entertainment Export Award
CVA Film and Television
Contact: Derek Longhurst
Tel: 9481 6077
Education Export Award
Curtin University of Technology
Contact: Professor John Milton-Smith,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Curtin International
Tel: 9266 4288
Information Industries Award
Lasata Pty Ltd
Contact: Peter Monaghan
Tel: 9322 3840
Minerals and Energy Export Award
Woodside Energy Ltd
Contact: Ms Imelda Cotton
External Affairs Advisor
Tel: 9348 4841
Services Export Award
Marine and Offshore Group Pty Ltd
Contact: Rick Parish
Tel: 9328 2166
Media inquiries: Peter Jackson (Minister’s office) 9222 9595