SEAPA, a company that specialises in designing plastic products specifically for oyster growers, has been awarded the Australian Exporter of the Year award for 2018.
SEAPA won the award along with Aspen Medical in Canberra on November 27.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, who announced the 2018 Australian Export Award winners at the ceremony, said Aspen Medical and SEAPA are two great Australian business success stories.
“This is an outstanding achievement by two Australian companies that started as small grassroots operations and are now global businesses exporting their high-quality products and services to the world.
“They exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation and I hope they can inspire thousands of other small businesses out there to take a punt and become exporters,” he said.
SEAPA is a South Australian business that is helping the oyster farming industry with its injection-moulded plastic baskets and farming systems.
SEAPA began exporting to North America in 2001, and its export markets have grown to include Europe and North Asia, where its technology is helping to grow better quality oysters at lower costs.
Birmingham said this year’s awards recognise the enormous contribution exporters make to Australia with the 88 finalists employing over 21,000 Australians generating more than $2 billion in export sales.
“This year’s finalists export a variety of high quality Australian goods and services from biometrics consulting to lace wedding gowns, aerospace components to essential oils, thermoplastic horse shoes and vaccines for HIV.
“Exports create more Australian jobs and strengthen our economy,” he said.
“Australian businesses that export hire 23 per cent more staff, pay 11 per cent higher wages and have labour productivity that is 13 per cent higher than non-exporting firms,” said Birmingham.
Aspen Medical, which also won the Health and Biotechnology Award, provides primary healthcare, emergency healthcare, training, consultancy, medical evacuations and clinics in 16 countries on three continents.
Over the past 12 months alone Aspen has doubled its number of employees.