NSW excels at Australian Export Awards

29 November 2013

NSW companies won four of the 12 categories at the 51st Australian Export Awards held at a gala event on 26 November 2013.

In front of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb twelve companies were recognised for their exporting success in agribusiness, creative industries, education and training, minerals and energy, health and biotechnology and manufacturing.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner congratulated the four NSW companies – Rode Microphones, Animal Logic, LeadBolt and SWA Water Australia - on their awards.

"The key to NSW's success in the global marketplace is the work, innovation, determination and outstanding products and services of the State's exporters," Mr Stoner said.

"These companies have been honoured already as our State's export elite and to now be recognised nationally among such a strong field of competition is tremendous.

"They are great examples of the diverse range of creative and innovative businesses with an international reputation for excellence that we have in NSW.

"Their work also brings benefits to the NSW economy and creates jobs for our State."

The 2013 Australian Export Awards winner in the Manufacturing category was RØDE Microphones. RØDE designs, manufactures, installs and services a diverse range of audio products with all product design and the vast majority of manufacturing occurring just 20 minutes west of Sydney's CBD. The company has 76 international distributors and more than 2,000 retail dealers in 108 global territories. In 2013 Rode achieved export sales growth of 10 per cent over the previous year.

NSW digital effects company Animal Logic took out the inaugural Creative Industries Award. The Sydney-based company has produced visual effects and animation for feature films such as The Great Gatsby, the Matrix trilogy and Happy Feet and their current trailer for "The LEGO Movie" received eight million hits on YouTube in three days.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) award went to LeadBolt. Originally based out of Sydney, LeadBolt has grown to 45 staff in Australia and the US and is now ranked the third most used ad network for Android apps. In 2013, LeadBolt achieved exceptional growth in export sales from over 129 countries, and served more than 50 billion ads for export clients.

SWA Water Australia won the Small Business Award category. The company which has its headquarters in Caringbah, NSW, manufactures and constructs industrial waste water treatment plants across many countries and industries. Last year, three-quarters of the company's sales came from export, which significantly increased revenue and doubled profit.

For further information visit the Australian Export Awards website.