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Winners shine at WA Industry and Export Awards

Michael Mischin

Michael Mischin 
Commerce Minister 

The Manjimup-based Truffle and Wine Company has taken out top honours in the 2014 WA Industry and Export Awards, winning the Premier’s Award for Excellence and Regional Exporter of the Year. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said The Truffle and Wine Company – the world’s single largest producer of highly prized black Perigord truffles – was a true Western Australian success story. “From humble beginnings in 1997, the company has grown into a world-class business, supplying Michelin Star chefs and top restaurants in more than 40 countries around the world.”

Now in its 26th year, the awards cover categories including agribusiness, marketing and design, minerals and energy, biotechnology and small business. Other winners include The Perth Mint, Atlas Pearls and Perfumes, and MetroCount.

Western Australian winners automatically progress as finalists in the national Australian Export Awards, which will be announced in Sydney on November 27, 2014.

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Premier’s Award for Excellence and Regional Exporter of the Year 
The Truffle and Wine Company (Manjimup) is the world’s single largest producer of the black truffle, grown in Manjimup, WA.  From the 2014 harvest, the company anticipates selling about five tonnes of truffles.  It also produces award-winning wines in the Shire of Manjimup, as well as truffle products for the delicatessen and tourism industries. The company aims to have its truffles delivered anywhere in the world within 24 to 48 hours of harvest, and 95 per cent of their truffles are exported to the overseas market.


Industry Awards

C.Y. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Engineering and Technology
Total Marine Technology (Bibra Lake) is unique in Australia as the only company designing and building world-class remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs). The vehicles are a combination of cutting-edge technologies that require a multi-disciplined engineering team and world-class manufacturing facility.  As the only ROV and underwater tooling manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere, Total Marine Technology’s consistent product evolution cycles and expertise positions it for continued growth in the global expansion of the deep-water underwater intervention market.

Marketing and Design Excellence Award
For 27 years The Perth Mint (East Perth) has been successfully manufacturing and marketing Australia’s official bullion coin program, comprising a trio of premier metals – gold, silver and platinum. The Mint also produces a range of custom minting coin programs, issued on behalf of overseas government authorities for private and corporate clients, and supplies coin blanks to other prestigious mints throughout the world.

Innovation Excellence Award
Atlas Pearls and Perfumes (Nedlands) operates one of the boldest aquaculture and land-based farming businesses in the world. It specialises in the production and supply of the highest quality South Sea pearls to some of the most influential global luxury brands.

Export Awards

Education And Training Export Award
Scitech (West Perth) has been creating engaging and interactive science exhibitions in New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the USA for 26 years.  Scitech has 11 touring exhibitions covering a diverse range of topics including light, speed, transport, forensics, espionage, dinosaurs and space.

Healthcare and Biotechnology Export Award
Linear Clinical Research (Nedlands) is a Perth-based provider to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, specialising in the conduct of first-in-human clinical trials.  Linear is the only organisation in WA, and one of four in Australia, dedicated to early-phase clinical trials, and has continued to enhance its reputation as a quality driven, cost-competitive organisation.

Information and Communication Technology Export Award
MetroCount (Hamilton Hill) manufactures traffic monitoring devices that are used worldwide to provide comprehensive reports on vehicle speed, classification, time, headway and separation. The company pioneered the airliner black box method of collecting raw data and analysing it – a method which has now become industry standard.

Manufacturing Export Award
Matrix Composites and Engineering Ltd (Henderson) is an ASX-listed company that provides engineered products and services to the global oil and gas and mineral resources industries.  Matrix has been successfully exporting to a number of countries throughout Asia, the Americas and Europe for 15 years.

Minerals and Energy (and related services) Export Award
Atlas Iron (Perth) was established in 2004 with just one employee. It has grown to become one of Australia’s largest iron ore exploration, mining and export companies, today ranking fourth in iron ore exports from Australia.  In this time, Atlas has started five mines in the Pilbara, a remarkable feat for such a young company, and has increased its exports every year since it started production in 2008.  Atlas has exported product to Japan, China and India, with the company recently celebrating the export of 30 million tonnes.

Business Services Export Award
Mining Information Systems (Willetton) is a developer and vendor of mining software solutions to the resources industry. The main products developed and sold internationally are Mine Management Reporting Systems (MMRS), Process Management Reporting Systems (PMRS), Cube Data Analysis Toolset (CDAT) and Corporate Extension Systems (CREX).