The achievements of the Territory’s top exporters have been recognised at the 30th Chief Ministers’ NT Export Awards held at Parliament House on 13th October 2023.
The Northern Territory is a significant contributor to Australia’s national trade, and this year’s awards showcase the excellence of exporters operating in the Territory.
International trade is a significant driver of the Territory’s economy and is a catalyst for growing investment, developing new business opportunities and creating local jobs. It is also integral to achieving the NT Government’s goal of becoming a $40 billion economy by 2030.
The NT Government’s International Engagement Strategy 2022-26 sets an ambitious but achievable target to see services exported rebound to $800 million by 2026 and, for goods exports to be 15% higher than forecast by 2026.
This year’s awards include education, manufacturing, agribusiness, sustainability, emerging and regional exporter. Winners of the national program categories are:
- Advanced Technologies – Spee3D
- Professional Services – KBA Global
- Sustainability and Green Economy – Spee3D
- International Education and Training – Alana Kaye Group Pty Ltd
- Emerging Exporter – AusNorth Trading Pty Ltd
- Agribusiness, Food and Beverage – Rum Jungle Exports
- Manufacturing and Advanced Materials – Spee3D
- Small Business – Ikuntiji Artists
- Regional Exporter – Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage
The overall winner for the NT Exporter of the Year was awarded to Spee3D.
The Chamber of Commerce sponsored two separate international awards outside of the national awards program.
The winners are:
- Excellence in the supply chain supporting the Export Industry in the Northern Territory – Airway (Pak Fresh Handling)
- Excellence in events/international trade delegations supporting Northern Territory export activities and businesses – Darwin City Council
Winners of the Northern Territory Export Awards national program categories automatically progress as finalists in the Australian Export Awards to compete against their peers and receive national recognition.
The National Export Awards ceremony is to be held in Canberra on 30th November 2023.
Quotes attributed to Chief Minister Natasha Fyles:
“This year’s awards recognise the excellence of our local exporters and celebrate Territory businesses ability to adapt, innovate and thrive.”
“These businesses make an important contribution to the Territory economy and by supporting them we are enabling more jobs for Territorians and help grow capabilities of our industry.”
“I congratulate the winners and wish them every success at the national awards held in Canberra later this year.”
SPEE3D makes metal parts the fastest way possible, leveraging metal cold spray technology to produce industrial quality metal parts in just minutes, rather than days or weeks. The process harnesses the power of kinetic energy, rather than relying on high-power lasers and expensive gasses. And for the first time, it allows the flexibility of metal 3D printing at normal production costs.
Since 2019, Paspalis Innovation Investment Fund has invested in SPEE3D, impressed by the company’s next generation of deployable metal manufacturing in the form of 3D-printed metal.
About AusNorth Trading
AusNorth Trading is a Northern Territory company, who are focused on establishing micro businesses in North Australia and Southeast Asia, specialising in growing and fattening mud crabs for export through a network of micro farms in Indigenous communities.
They were one of the two runners-up at the Croc Pitch 2023 event, Northern Australia’s premier pitching competition for start-ups, which is run annually by Darwin Innovation Hub. AusNorth Trading won a $33,000 Business Innovation Program (BIP) grant with entry into the StartNT Program courtesy of the support of the Northern Territory Government, and will receive assistance from an advisor to progress and commercialise their concept to ensure they are investment ready.