NSW’s top exporters announced

15 October 2012

Premier O'Farrell congratulates Peter Freedman

A Sydney manufacturer of recording microphones has been named the 2012 NSW Exporter of the Year.

RØDE Microphones, based in Silverwater, has more than 20 years' experience manufacturing microphones and accessories. Distributed to 97 countries, RØDE's products are used by recording musicians, audio engineers, filmmakers, television and radio stations, houses of worship and in other applications where high-quality audio recording and sound reinforcement is required.

The past 12 months marked 10 years of consecutive sales growth for RØDE, with exports comprising 92 per cent of sales. The company has 150 staff worldwide.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell presented the Exporter of the Year Award to RØDE Microphones' founder and chief executive Peter Freedman at the NSW Export Awards event in Sydney on October 11.

Mr O'Farrell congratulated the State's top exporters for their success in the challenging global business environment. "The winners are great examples of innovative companies – innovation contributes to achieving success in difficult business conditions," Mr O'Farrell said.

"Exporters make an important contribution to our State economy by stimulating job creation and economic prosperity. NSW merchandise and services exports were worth $60.8 billion in 2010-11 and accounted for about 14 per cent of the gross state product.

"The NSW Government is proud to support these awards which highlight our State's top exporters and their world-class goods and services."

The NSW Government is the principal sponsor of the awards which are organised by the Export Council of Australia. The winners of the national categories progress to the 50th Australian Export Awards which will be held in Canberra on 27 November.

Winners of the 2012 Premier's NSW Export Awards

2012 Premier's NSW Exporter of the Year: RØDE Microphones, Silverwater

National categories

Agribusiness
Winner: Atron Enterprises, Wahroonga

Arts and Entertainment
Winner: Animal Logic, Moore Park

Education and Training
Winner: Australian Institute of Professional Education, North Sydney

Emerging Exporter
Winner: Nanosonics, Alexandria

Information and Communication Technology
Winner: Nuix, Sydney
Highly commended: Integrated Research, North  Sydney

Large Advanced Manufacturer
Winner: RØDE Microphones, Silverwater
Highly commended: Redback Boot, Waterloo

Small to Medium Manufacturer
Winner: Hedweld Group of Companies, Singleton
Highly commended: Creative Instore Solutions, Terrey Hills

Minerals and Energy
Winner: Xstrata Coal NSW, Singleton

Regional Exporter
Winner: SunRice, Leeton

Small Business
Winner: Ensitech, Emu Plains
Highly commended: Turbosmart, Ashfield

Large Services
Winner: Servcorp, Sydney

Small to Medium Services
Winner: LeadBolt, Bondi Junction

NSW categories

Asian ExporterWinner: United World Enterprises, Kingsgrove

Western Sydney Exporter
Winner: TNA Australia, Sydney Olympic Park
Highly commended: Romar Engineering, Sefton

Hunter/Central Coast Exporter
Winner: Sanitarium Health and Wellness, Berkeley Vale

Illawarra Exporter
Winner: Alminco, Fairy Meadow

Innovation in Export
Winners: OEM Technology Solutions, Artarmon; Ramsay Health Care, Greenslopes

Sustainable Exporter
Winner: Industrial Engineering Technology, Penrith
Highly commended: MI Associates, North  Sydney

NSW Young Exporter
Winners: Jai Townsend (WE Smith Engineering); Sam Riley (Ansarada)

Export Scholarship
Byron Bay Cookie Company, Byron Bay
Stratatel Limited, North Sydney