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South Australian Companies Honoured for Export Success

Austrade media release

9 December 2011

Three South Australian firms won awards at last night's 49th Australian Export Awards, hosted by Trade Minister, Craig Emerson in Brisbane.

The Australian Export Awards, co-presented by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious business award programs.

Austrade State Manager for South Australia, Patricia Moesinger, said the winners had achieved exceptional results, despite ongoing global economic uncertainty.

"I congratulate this year's South Australian winners on their success," Ms Moesinger said.

"Their commitment to quality and innovation serves as inspiration to all aspiring exporters in the state. These awards are richly deserved."

The winning companies are:

Codan Limited won the Information and Communication Technology Award.

Codan designs, manufactures and markets electronics products for governments, sophisticated consumers and humanitarian organisations around the world. Over 85 per cent of its revenue is derived from exports to more than 150 countries. Codan is based in Newton.

Prism Defence won the Small to Medium Services Award.

Prism Defence is a team of highly skilled test pilots, flight test engineers and other aviation engineering specialists.

It assists with the integration of helicopters and ships, providing training, flight trials, certification and engineering analysis. This year the company began a major project with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Prism Defence is based in North Adelaide.

Almondco Australia won the Regional Exporter Award.

Almondco is a regional agribusiness supplied by over 80 per cent of Australia's almond growers. Their high-tech, supply chain-focussed business markets natural and value-added almond products to more than 35 countries. The company achieved $38 million in exports for the 2010 season. Almondco is based in Renmark.

Media contact

Jim Dickins 0424 047 348; 02 93922191 jim.dickins@austrade.gov.au

49th Australian Export Awards winners

Category Winner
Prime Minister's Australian Exporter of the Year Award Sedgman Limited (Qld)
Agribusiness Award Longwarry Food Park (VIC)
Arts and Entertainment Award Laservision (NSW)
Education and Training Award Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education, The University of Queensland (QLD)
Emerging Exporter Award Health Projects International (NSW)
Information and Communication Technology Award Codan Limited (SA) 
Large Advanced Manufacturer Award Finisar Australia (NSW)
Large Services Award Aspen Medical (ACT)
Minerals and Energy Award Sedgman Limited (QLD)
Regional Exporter Award Almondco Australia (SA)
Small Business Award MTECH Systems (VIC)
Small to Medium Manufacturer Award PWR Performance Products (QLD)
Small to Medium Services Award Prism Defence (SA)
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