GOVEA Award winners 2017

The 2017 Governor of Victoria Export Awards were announced on Monday 16 October 2017 at an Awards ceremony at Government House.

Exporter of the Year: Pepperstone

Pepperstone is an multi-award winning and industry leading broker with clients in over 170 countries and offices all  over the world to help support  its global growth agenda.

Widely recognised as one of the world’s fastest growing  FX brokers, Pepperstone’s clients traded over $2 trillion in notional value in the 2017 financial year, ranking Pepperstone in  the top five largest brokers by volume globally.

Export Award for Innovation Excellence:  Harris C4i

Harris C4i creates world leading technology for use in interoperable communications solutions for mission critical environments. Their solutions are vital to the 24x7 operations and effective incident responses of organisations in 35 countries across a range of sectors such  as aviation, defence, public safety, utilities, transport and resources.

As a global technology leader, Harris C4i were the first to deploy high availability IP-at-the-core technology to the global air defence market. Now a decade later the company has over 200 systems deployed.

Victorian Women in International Business Award: Lyn Stribley, Director of Mining One

Lyn Stribley has been the driving force behind Mining One’s export success. Under Lyn’s leadership, Mining One has achieved a five-time growth in their Chinese export revenue, and four-time growth in their Chilean export revenue.

Lyn headed Mining One’s expansion into China, South America, Indonesia and Africa and has opened Mining One’s international offices in Beijing, Jakarta and Santiago. She also organised training seminars in China, Hong Kong, Chile and Peru and visited  mining sites in Chile, Peru, China and Indonesia.

Category Winners

  • Agribusiness Award: Yumbah  Aquaculture Ltd
  • Yumbah is the largest abalone producer in the southern hemisphere and is responsible for the entire production chain from breeding, aquafeed production, marketing and distribution. Yumbah’s story began in 1999 and by 2006, the company was exporting modest volumes of premium abalone. Limited supply from single farms led to seven independent farms joining together to collectively market their abalone under the AUSAB Australian abalone brand. By 2015, Yumbah had established itself as Australia’s largest, lowest risk, multi-site aquaculture company and now supplies about 60 per cent of the total cultured abalone produced in Australia.

  • Business Services Award: Flight Safety Foundation
  • The Flight Safety Foundation's Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Program was established in 2010. The BARS Program now publish four standards in five languages, two implementation guidelines and operate a number of training courses. The program is active in 31 countries, and more than 160 operators have been audited, marking over 480 audits completed for the program. The BARS Program is a wholly owned subsidiary of the industry leading voice “Flight Safety Foundation” established in 1947, and is proud to lead the world in continually improving aviation safety methods for members  and the sector.

  • Creative Industries Award: Envato
  • Envato is a platform that connects millions of customers with thousands of talented creatives, from designers and developers to musicians and animators. Founded in 2006, Envato was originally an online marketplace to buy and sell Flash files. Envato Market now provides WordPress themes, plugins, stock audio and video, stock photography, 3D objects, graphic templates, fonts and more. A monthly subscription service for designers, Envato Elements, was launched in August 2016. The Envato team is over 300 people strong, with almost 200 based in the head office in Melbourne or working remotely around Australia.

  • E-Commerce Award: DPP Pharmaceuticals
  • DPP Pharmaceuticals was established in 2000 with a range that started with the original Goat Soap and now boasts 46 products including a kids organic range and Australian made bamboo wipes. The company’s first foray into export was on the cross border e-commerce platform Tmall Global on Singles Day in 2015 selling a staggering 175,000 units of goat products. On the 2016 Singles Day, DPP sold over 350,000 units of goat soap products in 24 hours. DPP’s success on Singles Day increased export enquires for countries throughout Asia, New Zealand Europe, India, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

  • Digital Technologies Award: Pepperstone
  • Since it was founded in 2010, Pepperstone has succeeded by following a simple philosophy – to empower traders of all sizes to trade currencies and other financial products more easily, faster and for a lower price whilst using the best technology and tools to support them. Pepperstone is a multi-asset brokerage which enables clients to trade financial instruments such as currencies, commodities and even share market indices. Clients use Pepperstone to either hedge their financial market exposures or take speculative positions based on where they believe the market is heading. Pepperstone has become an industry leader through using fast and reliable trade execution hardware based in New York in combination with award winning customer service.

  • Education and Training Award: Deakin University
  • Starting as a small regional institution in 1974, Deakin University has quickly grown to become one of the premier universities in the world. Deakin was one of the first Australian universities to open offices internationally, and currently has independent offices in five countries. The University has developed research and teaching partnerships in more than 100 countries around the world, and continuously seeks new opportunities to pursue meaningful engagement and research that makes a difference. The University’s international and marketing focus continues to evolve in order to meet the expectations of its students, partners and communities.

  • Environmental Solutions Award: Geofabrics Australasia
  • With a track record of 35 years as Australia’s largest and only manufacturer of geosynthetic products, Geofabrics has achieved significant export success. Since its export market launch in 2010, Geofabrics has established global brand recognition for innovation, quality, customer support and performance in complex environmental, engineering and resource projects and has a proven track record of product performance across mining, landfill, coastal erosion and sports field applications. Geofabrics is Australia’s largest and only manufacturer of geosynthetic products to the global engineering  and resources sectors.

  • Health and Biotechnology Award: Leica Biosystems
  • With a mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives”, Leica Biosystems (LBS) is an international success story that today produces three of the most recognised and most reliable cancer diagnostic instruments. Having grown from a small design and development business specialising in biotech, LBS are now a major player in anatomical pathology with Melbourne designed and manufactured products now exported to 65 countries around the world.  LBS is the only company offering a solution for each step of the anatomical pathology process.

  • Manufacturing Award: Ego Pharmaceuticals
  • Ego is the largest Australian owned pharmaceutical company specialising in dermatology. It researches, manufactures and markets over 120 products from its world class facilities in Melbourne with a number of iconic Australian brands including QV Skincare, SunSense sunscreen, Aqium Hand Sanitiser and Pinetarsol. Ego began exporting in 1962 to New Zealand, and today exports to 27 nations throughout Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. Ego now employs 545 staff, 148 of which are based in 12 nations outside Australia. Ego continues to remain family owned and operated with an aim to help improve the skin quality of people across the globe.

  • Minerals, Energy, and Related Services Award: MMG Limited
  • MMG operates and develops copper, zinc and other base metals projects across Australia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Peru. MMG was founded in 2009 – following the purchase of the majority of OZ Minerals assets by Chinese state owned enterprise China Minmetals Corporation. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, MMG are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx 1208) and Australian Securities Exchange.

  • Regional Exporter Award: Safescape
  • Safescape is a company focused on practical innovation in the mining industry and works with clients and suppliers to challenge the status quo and design solutions that provide safety, cost and production benefits. Commencing in 2010, with the primary function of the business being the manufacture, sale and installation of ladders for underground mines. Safescape is the designer, and sole manufacturer and supplier, of Safescape Laddertube, Multi- Bund, Edge Protector and Paste Hole Covers. Safescape is based in Bendigo, Victoria, with offices in Perth, Western Australia  and Denver, Colorado.

  • Small Business Award: Anatomics
  • A pioneer in medical 3D printing (BioModelling) technology, Anatomics was first to market and leading provider of patient specific cranial implants. In 2000, Anatomics became the world’s first medical 3D printing and custom made implant laboratory, producing implants for domestic and international export markets. The company launched in-house software to convert CT scans into a form suitable for BioModelling in 2001. The technology offering was further expanded in 2007 with the launch of a custom designed ordering portal for international markets. Recently, Anatomics expanded its product range to include porous polymer implants, developed in conjunction with CSIRO and launched a 3D printed titanium implant range for orthopaedic use.