State's top exporters recognised

24 October 2014

Peter​ Freedman​, Founder and C​hief Executive Officer​, and Lou Freedman​, Chief Financial Officer,​ ​of RØDE Microphones​.​

Western Sydney company RØDE Microphones, a leading designer and manufacturer of high quality microphones, has won the 2014 NSW Exporter of the Year Award.

RØDE Microphones also won this year's Manufacturing Export Award and took out the top award in 2012. The Silverwater company has been designing and manufacturing high quality recording microphones for more than 20 years, distributing to more than 90 countries.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Troy Grant said RØDE Microphones was an outstanding example of the innovative NSW businesses successfully competing in the global marketplace.

"I congratulate all of the export award winners – they are our business ambassadors, showing the world the superior goods and services NSW produces," Mr Grant said.

"Congratulations also to Bega Cheese for winning the Regional Exporter Award – for the second year in a row. The company has shown that high quality regional products can easily compete on the international stage.

"NSW exports and private investment account for just over a quarter of our Gross State Product. Last year, NSW goods and services exports were worth $59.3 billion, a slight increase on the previous year."

Mr Grant said the NSW Government was strengthening the State's international business engagement and assisting businesses to win trade and investment deals.

"The NSW Government is expanding the State's representation in priority markets, by appointing trade and investment representatives in China, Japan, India, the United Arab Emirates and the United States," Mr Grant said.

"The presence of these specialists in our priority markets helps NSW exporters take advantage of new opportunities."

The NSW winners of the national categories progress to the 2014 Australian Export Awards, which will be held in Sydney on November 27.

Winners of the 2014 Premier's NSW Export Awards

2014 Premier's NSW Exporter of the Year: RØDE Microphones, Silverwater

Winners of National categories

Agribusiness: SunRice, Sydney and Leeton

Online Sales: Shoes of Prey, Surry Hills

Creative Industries: SLR Productions, Darlinghurst

Education and Training: University of Western Sydney
Highly commended: Australian Institute of Professional Education, Sydney

Environmental Solutions: TTG Transportation Technology, Sydney
Highly commended: The Smith Family Recycling Operation, Villawood

Information and Communication Technology: Wargaming Australia, Ultimo
Highly commended: ManageFlitter, Sydney

Manufacturing: RØDE Microphones, Silverwater

Health and Biotechnology: Health Projects International, Milsons Point

Minerals, Energy and Related Services: WEARX, Hexham

Business Services: Servcorp, Sydney

Regional Exporter: Bega Cheese, Bega

Small Business: Turbosmart, Croydon

Winners of NSW categories

Asian Exporter: Sanitarium Health and Wellness, Berkeley Vale

NSW Export Scholarship: Glide Free Design, St Ives

NSW Emerging Exporter: Big Ice Cream, Castlecrag

NSW Innovation in Export: Flavourtech, Griffith

Western Sydney Exporter: Dark Purple, Castle Hill

Hunter/Central Coast Exporter: Starena Australia, West Gosford