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2011 Australian Marine Export Awards announced - innovation the key

by AIMEX/Sail-World Cruising on 30 Jul 2011
Aqualuma underwater dock lighting - top accolades .. .
The 2011 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export Awards, organized by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) were announced this week, with an innovative exponent of LED lighting, Aqualuma, taking out the top accolades by winning the prestigious ‘Exporter of the Year’ award.

In all, the Awards were a celebration of innovation, with LED lighting leading the way, but followed closely by some other success stories that Australia has taken to the world. Among the prize winners were a foil-shaped rudder, a multi-colour single tier navigation lantern, a light weight Dan Buoy, purpose built luminous solutions and inflatable craft.

Despite the global financial situation, Queensland-based Aqualuma have defied odds and maintained their strong and strategic global marketing plan and in 2010 Aqualuma introduced the world’s smartest intelligent LED interior lighting system ever seen in the marine sector.

The Australian Marine Industry is renowned for its innovation, and this was proved once again this year when the judges awarded 3 companies equally in the category ‘Most Innovative Marine Industry Exported Product’ . Winners were P & W Marine Engineers Pty Ltd, Sealite and SOS Marine Aqualuma Marine Lighting and Stress Free Marine were also awarded Highly Commended in this category.

P&W Marine Engineers has invented a method to foundry, a foiled shaped rudder. The rudders are designed by Naval Architects to meet Marine Society Class and are hollow by design with water tight compartments.

A technology leader, Sealite is dedicated to servicing the solar industry through the efficient design and production of leading-edge products. The Apollo-155 is the most innovative product within the marine industry because unlike expensive, land-based sectored navigation lights it is the only single tier lantern able to be sectored accurately in multi-colours. The Apollo-155 is an inexpensive alternative to the large and bulky, high-powered and sometimes inaccurate sectored lights of the past.

SOS Marine manufacture custom-made lifejackets and personal safety & rescue equipment certified to the latest ISO 12402 requirements. SOS has established a reputation for designing innovative products including the SOS Dan Buoy; a lightweight man overboard device with quick response time and no activation required. It provides rescue operations additional capability and confidence.

Luminous product manufacturers Glowfast Marine were awarded Winners of the ‘Australian Marine Industry Best Export Performance (small exporter)’ category as well as Highly Commended in the category ‘Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy’. Glowfast Marine is the first company to bring high quality, purpose built luminous solutions to the marine industry. The market has seen rapid expansion over the last three years, with more customers realising the benefits, for performance, energy saving and safety.

Britton Marine (Aust) Pty Ltd won ‘Australian Marine Industry Best Export Performance (medium exporter)’. Britton Marine has successfully established itself as a major supplier of inflatable craft for the Australian and New Zealand Navies. Their export business includes the UAE, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and New Zealand.

AIMEX Chairman Alistair Murray commented that it is heartening to see so many Australian Marine Industry Exporters making inroads globally despite the current lack of government support for manufacturing in this economic climate with the high Australian dollar, the high cost of manufacturing in this country and reduced global demand having a real affect on everyone’s business. Australia has always been known for the innovation and quality of our products and having 3 equal winners in the innovation category proves that innovation is one of the cornerstones to Australia’s success here and overseas.

For further information about the Awards contact AIMEX on email marketing@aimex.asn.au, and here are the results:


2011 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export Awards:

2011 Marine Industry Exporter of the Year
& Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy:

Winner - Aqualuma Marine Lighting
www.aqualuma.com

Most Innovative Marine Industry Exported Product:

Winner – P & W Marine Engineers Pty Ltd
www.pwmarine.com.au
Winner - Sealite
www.sealite.com.au
Winner - SOS Marine
www.sosmarine.com

Highly Commended - Aqualuma Marine Lighting
Highly Commended – Stress Free Marine

Australian Marine Industry Export Champion:

Winner - Richard Ward, Seawind Catamarans
Winner - Alan Steber , Steber International

Marine Industry Young Achiever:
Winner - Jim Bolton, Steber International

Best Marine Industry Export Performance (Small Exporter):
Winner - Glowfast Marine
www.glowfast.com

Highly Commended - MultiPanel Pty Ltd
Highly Commended – Stress Free Marine

Best Marine Industry Export Performance (Medium Exporter):

Winner - Britton Marine (Aust) Pty Ltd:
www.brittonmarine.com.au

Highly Commended - Aqualuma Marine Lighting
Highly Commended – P & W Marine Engineers Pty Ltd

Best Marine Industry Export Performance (Large Exporter):

Winner - Sealite
www.sealite.com.au

Highly Commended - Azzura Marine
Highly Commended – Steber International

Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy:

Highly Commended - Glowfast Marine

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