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Govea Awards Previous Winners 2011

Rewarding Victoria's most successful and innovative export businesses.

Thank you to all our winners

 The Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA) is one of the most prestigious business awards in Victoria. Rewarding Victoria’s most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success, a GOVEA gives your business recognition in the local and international marketplace.

2011 Governor of Victoria Export Awards

Victorian Exporter of the Year – Longwarry Food Park

Longwarry produces UHT milk for export, and milk powders and fresh milk for the domestic market. The company almost doubled its exports in the 2010-11 financial year. Its export success followed the purchase of Bonlac Foods in Gippsland 10 years ago. Longwarry’s high tech, export focused approach led to a 40 per cent production increase - from 110 million litres in 2009/10 to 150 million litres in 2010-11. Exports rose from $47million in 2009-10 to $83 million in 2010-11.Longwarry Food Park also won the Agribusiness Award.

Victorian Export Award for Innovation Excellence – Ecotech Pty Ltd.

Ecotech has been exporting environmental monitoring instruments and systems to more than 60 countries for over 30 years. It operates the largest network of monitoring systems in the southern hemisphere and has become one of the world’s leading designers of ambient air and emission monitoring systems. The company saw record sales and exports in the last financial year that exceeded the $10 million mark for the first time in Ecotech’s history at a time of difficult global economic conditions. Ecotech was also commended in the Small to Medium Manufacturers’ Award.

Arts & Entertainment Award - Polyglot Theatre

Polyglot is an internationally renowned creator of interactive theatre for children under 12. The company has presented high profile works in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China, treating each as a major showcase to develop more export opportunities. In 2010-11 Polyglot’s exports doubled, equalling 25 per cent of the company’s turnover.

'The Award was a fantastic recognition of the company’s innovative export work. As a not-for-profit company, it was gratifying to be recognised among our ‘for-profit’ colleagues. The awards brought significant exposure to the company and developed Polyglot’s brand as a unique company producing world-class artistic work across four continent.'

Simon Abraham, Executive Producer
Polyglot Theatre
Winner: 2011 GOVEA Arts and Entertainment Award

Education and Training Award - IDP Education

IDP was one of the forerunners of exporting Australian education in the 1980s and is now the largest global student placement firm and the largest education events company in the world. IDP places one in eight international students directly into their courses and nearly all international students who sit an English language proficiency test for education or visa purposes take the IELTS test provided by IDP.

Emerging Exporter Award - we-do-IT Pty Ltd

we-do-IT is a provider of Geospatial and SmartGrid IT Solutions. The company successfully exported to US, Canadian, Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries after 15 years in the Australian utilities market. Developed in Victoria, we-do-IT’s product overcomes unique challenges for geospatial utility network information systems. Its service delivery model offers the choice of in-house processing or partially or complete outsourcing to we-do-IT.

'As the 2011 winner of the Emerging Exporter Award, we-do-IT has gained formal recognition as an innovative industry leader and IT service exporter in Australia and abroad. The award has added to our credibility not only with clients, but also with job seekers who recognize we-do-IT for its expertise in Geospatial and SmartGrid IT Solutions.'

Chris Stoltz
Chief Executive Offier
we-do-ITSpatial Information Technology Consultants
Winner: 2011 GOVEA Emerging Exporter Award

Information and Communication Technology Award - CPT Global Limited

CPT is a market leader in independent IT services providing client solutions that enhance the control, stability, efficiency and cost effectiveness of their computer systems. CPT has more than 90 clients worldwide, many of them blue chip or Fortune 500 companies. The company has offices in France and Canada, adding to offices in the USA, the UK and Germany, to support clients based in these regions.

Large Advanced Manufacturer Award - ANCA

Melbourne-based ANCA manufactures precision CNC Tool Grinding Machines and drives and exports 97 per cent of its business to customers such as Foxconn in China, Sanvik in Sweden, and GE in the USA. ANCA achieved its best profit and sales figures for the 2010/2011 financial year, growing revenue by more than 60 per cent – a feat it expects to replicate next financial year.

Large Services Award – Invetech

Invetech provides product design, engineering and manufacturing services from its Melbourne headquarters. The company develops products for six markets: diagnostics, medical devices, life sciences, industrial, consumer and cleantech. In 2010 /2011 Invetech generated $50 million in export revenue mainly from North America and Europe, while exports to the Asia-Pacific region grew by 400 per cent.

Mineral and Energy Award - Ceramic Fuel Cells

Ceramic Fuel Cells developed BlueGen – a residential and commercial power generator that uses fuel cells - to cater for increased demand for electricity but providing lower emissions and competitive pricing. About the size of a small washing machine, BlueGen operates on natural gas and delivers up to two kilowatts of highly efficient electricity. Ceramic’s fuel cell technology generates electricity at 60 per cent electrical efficiency – the highest in the world. It is targeting European markets.

Regional Exporter Award - SPE (Management) Pty Ltd

SPE is a joint venture between sawmiller, AKD Softwoods, and plantation owner and manager, Hancock Victorian Plantations and operates from a mill inside the Port of Geelong. Since 1996 SPE has produced high quality pine woodchips and the company is now exporting its entire production capacity. The company also adapts finished goods to meet export challenges.

Small Business Award - MTECH Systems

MTECH operates in the aviation meteorology sector. After winning two big contracts in the Southeast Asia and expanding its influence in Europe, the company is set to become one of the most important weather systems operators in the aviation market. The company will attend the 6th China International Exhibition on Technology and Equipment of Meteorology Science and Hydrology in November 2011 to boost exports. Currently almost 98 per cent of its revenue comes from overseas sales.

Small to Medium Manufacturer Award - Ronstan International Pty. Ltd.

Ronstan has 166 employees across six countries but it is based in Braeside where it makes most of the company’s rigging products. Ronstan currently conducts 70 per cent of its total business overseas, in up to 40 countries. Ronstan rigging can now be seen in prominent buildings and structures, such as Federation Square, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Taronga Park Zoo.

'Winning the Governor of Victorian Export Award is positive reinforcement and a source of pride. Our staff now know what we are doing puts us among the elite in Victoria. Like sports, exporting needs its heroes. These awards do much to create that prestige and aura.'

Alistair Murray, Managing Director
Ronstan InternationalPty Ltd
Winner: 2011 GOVEA Small to Medium Manufacturer Award

Small to Medium Services Award - Grande Exhibitions

The company specialises in the design, creation and placement of cultural exhibitions for the international museum and entertainment markets. Its exhibitions have been shown in over 50 cities across five continents, mostly in prestigious museums and have been visited by more than 3 million people. Grande Exhibitions has also established two private museums in Italy and plans another four by 2013.

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