NSW’s top exporters were announced at the 2009 Premier’s NSW Export Awards dinner held in Sydney. Premier Nathan Rees presented the top award, NSW Exporter of the Year, to SMARTS Group, an information and communications technology company based in The Rocks, Sydney.
SMARTS provides real-time systems for market surveillance, market supervision, and market compliance to the international financial community. More than 90 per cent of the company’s business is export-based, with customers, including stock exchanges, derivatives exchanges, market regulators and brokers, in more than 30 countries.
ResMed, based at Bella Vista in Sydney, won the Large Advanced Manufacturer export award and aussieBum, based at Camperdown in Sydney, won the Small to Medium Manufacturer export award.
Premier Rees said the unifying theme among the winning companies was quality. “These companies succeed by working smarter, by taking risks and by being creative.”
NSW Government is the principal sponsor of the awards and sponsor of two categories – the NSW Exporter of the Year and the Regional Exporter Award.
Industry & Investment NSW supports NSW exporters by providing a range of services, including an extensive program of visits to established and emerging markets and a network of 10 export advisers across the State.
The Premier’s NSW Export Awards are organised by the Australian Institute of Export.
2009 Premier’s NSW Export Awards Winners
NSW Exporter of the Year − SMARTS Group, The Rocks; Information and
Communications Technology category winner
SMARTS, established in 1994, provides securities market surveillance technology.
Agribusiness − Namoi Cotton Co-operative, WeeWaa
Namoi Cotton is the only Australian owned cotton company. It exports baled raw cotton and
cotton seed and also packs grain and pulses for export. www.namoicotton.com.au
Arts and Entertainment − Petrol Records International, Bondi Beach
Petrol Records is a leading independent entertainment company producing lifestyle music and
entertainment products. Australian supergroup INXS rejoined Petrol Records in January and
has started work on a new album. www.petrolexotic.com
Education and Training – University of Western Sydney
The university is one of the largest in Australia with more than 36,000 students.
Emerging Exporter – Nuix, Ultimo
Nuix’s electronic discovery and investigation software is used in 18 countries, by
governments, regulators, law enforcement agencies, corporations, advisory and litigation
support firms. Its exports have grown by 220% in the past 12 months. www.nuix.com
Large Advanced Manufacturer – ResMed, Bella Vista
ResMed manufactures, markets and sells electromechanical equipment for the diagnosis and
treatment of respiratory disorders during sleep. Exports account for 99% of production, with
products sold in 80 countries. www.resmed.com.au
Small to Medium Manufacturer – aussieBum, Camperdown
Established in 2001, cult brand aussieBum manufactures men’s swimwear and underwear
which is sold in many of the world’s leading department stores. More than 200,000 customers
also purchased online last year. www.aussiebum.com.au
Minerals and Energy – Gujarat NRE Minerals, Fairy Meadow
Gujarat NRE, with two mines in the Illawarra, mines, processes and markets world-class coal
products. All coal is exported. www.gujaratnre.com.au
Regional Exporter – MSM Milling, Manildra
MSM Milling operates a modern, integrated oilseed crushing and refining plant which
employs 35 people. In two years, export sales have increased to 26% of company revenue.
Small Business − Netbased Software, Kurrajong
NetBased Software, trading as Atmail, sells a collection of business software applications for
use on a variety of network platforms which require no client side installations or
Large Services − Servcorp, Sydney
Servcorp, established in Sydney in 1978, provides a serviced office network and virtual
offices. Servcorp operates in 25 cities in 14 countries, with exports generating 75 per cent of
overall revenue. www.servcorp.com.au
Small to Medium Services – PLN Lawyers, Sydney
PLN provides commercial legal services across the English, French and American areas of the
Pacific. The company exports to more than 20 countries and its overall export income
increased by 27 per cent from 2007-08 to 2008-09. www.pln.com.au
Asian Exporter – Atron Enterprises, Casino
Atron Enterprises, established two years ago, is one of the largest operators at the Northern
Co-operative Meat Company abattoir at Casino. It exports to every market in the world.
Innovation In Export strategy – Nordiko Quarantine Systems
Nordiko specialises in environmental technology – cargo fumigation for the shipping
Western Sydney exporter – Gloria Jeans Coffees International, Sydney
Gloria Jeans has opened more than 900 stores and signed 36 master franchise agreements in
35 countries. www.gloriajeanscoffees.com.au
NSW Young Exporter of the Year – Garrick Harvison, Yarraman Estate, Wybong; Jodie
Fried, Bholu, Sydney
NSWExport Scholarships – Haltech Engine Management Systems, Wetherill Park; and
Baby Cupcakes, Kirrawee
Education and Training Illawarra Technology Corporation, Wollongong
Emerging Exporter – RFID n Print, Warnervale
Large Advanced Manufacturer – Enware Australia, Caringbah
Regional Exporter – Banlaw, Gateshead
Small Business – CST Composites, Kurnell
Small to Medium Manufacturer – Thomas Electronics of Australia, Milperra
Small to Medium Services – Chadwick Technology, Killarney Heights
NSW Asian Exporter – Katrina Read, Banora Point
NSW Western Sydney Exporter – Ilum-a-Lite, Baulkham Hills