Top Hunter and Central Coast exporters announced

16 August 2011

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner has congratulated the winners of the Newcastle Port Corporation Hunter Central Coast Export Awards which were announced in Newcastle.

"Acknowledging the winners for their success in the international marketplace is also recognition of the vital contribution the Hunter and Central Coast regions make to the NSW economy and to their communities," Mr Stoner said.

"The winners highlight the industry strengths of the Hunter and Central Coast regions and the range of businesses located there.

"The NSW Department of Trade and Investment has worked with most of the winners to help them build their international business success.

"The companies have been assisted to take part in trade missions and international trade shows where they meet potential buyers, distributors and partners. The department provides hands-on advice and practical support to potential and existing exporters across the State to help them win business overseas and create jobs at home."

Banlaw, based at Gateshead was named Newcastle Port Corporation Hunter Central Coast Exporter of the Year and also won The Herald Large Established Exporter Award.

Banlaw, established in 1980, specialises in the design, manufacture and implementation of world class hydrocarbon management systems. Using its patented refuelling technology, Banlaw designs systems for companies in the mining, ports (container handling), rail and transport industries around the world.

The other winners were:

  • The Itti Bitti Nappy Company, Greenhills - Austrade Emerging Exporter Award
  • Darkroom Door, Berkeley Vale - NSW Trade and Investment Small Established Exporter Award
  • QMASTOR, Mayfield West - Sparke Helmore Lawyers Services Exporter Award
  • Sanitarium Health Food Company, Berkeley Vale - Enterprise Connect Sustainability in Export Award
  • Hedweld Group of Companies, Mount Thorley - IDC Hunter Innovation in Export Award
  • GeoCheck, Forresters Beach - Special Judges Award.

Leigh Bryant, an owner and director of Scorpion Services, was recognised for her outstanding contribution to regional exporting. Ms Bryant has supported regional exporters in her roles as chair and board member of the Hunter Export Centre and as deputy chair and board member of the Hunter Economic Development Corporation. She is also a director of the Small Business Development Corporation.

Now in its 11th consecutive year, the Hunter Central Coast Export Awards are organised by the Hunter Central Coast Export Centre.