11th AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards
The AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards, held at Auckland’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, 16th September 2010, lauded the Christchurch Engine Centre with the Supreme Award for trade with the United States. The Centre is a joint venture partnership between Pratt & Whitney and Air New Zealand that competes globally for contracts to service, overhaul and remanufacture a variety of aircraft engines.
The win recognises the innovation Pratt & Whitney’s service centre has brought to its business. “We were particularly impressed with the steps the Centre has taken to implement best practice technologies and processes, while positioning the centre to take on more high-value engine overhauls from the US in the future,” says New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Operations Director and AmCham Awards judge, Hans Frauenlob.
The Supreme Award is chosen from the winners of each of the categories presented on the night. The complete list of winners follows:
The AmCham DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards celebrate success and innovation in the export, import and investment sectors between New Zealand and its third-largest trading partner, the US. Prizes include a travel voucher worth NZ$2,500 for air travel to the US on Qantas Airways for winners of the importer, exporter and education partnership categories.
In addition to AmCham, DHL-Express and Qantas, the awards are also supported by AUT University, Ernst & Young, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Baldwins and Fonterra, a two-time winner of the Supreme Award in 2008 and 2009.
Other previous winners of the Supreme Award include Zespri International, Specialist Marine Interiors, Peace Software, Airways Corporation, HumanWare, Tenon, Orion Systems International and Zeacom.
11th Annual AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards Evening Photos.
Finalists Announced for the AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards 2010
Twenty-four companies are finalists in the 11th annual AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards, with the winners to be announced at a black tie gala with guest MC Michael Wilson on September 16th at Auckland’s Hyatt Regency.
The finalists represent a diverse set of companies proffering a range of goods and services reflecting the depth of business links between New Zealand and the United States.
The AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with Qantas, celebrate success and innovation in the import, export and investment sectors between New Zealand and its third largest trading partners the US. Prizes include a travel voucher worth NZ$2,500 for air travel to the US on Qantas Airways for winners of the importer, exporter and education partnership categories.
“It is disappointing to see New Zealand’s bilateral trade relationship with the US has fallen by 18 percent in the last year and is now only worth about $7.69 billion annually. However at the same time, the New Zealand dollar has risen by some 33 percent against the US dollar. The American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand believes this is a crucial time to foster more trade links with the US, and we hope the success of these finalists inspires other companies to investigate the market,” said AmCham’s Executive Director Mike Hearn. “We’re constantly looking for opportunities to enhance and expand business and trade relationships within the private and public sectors. The annual Success & Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to showcase companies that have demonstrated imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship, and to honour and celebrate their achievements.”
The awards incorporate investment in both directions and divide export earnings into three categories to ensure companies can compete on an equal basis.
The 2010 Awards have been narrowed down to 15 finalists across the four major categories.
Exporter of the Year – under NZ$500,000
Exporter of the Year – NZ$500,001 undefined NZ$5 million
Exporter of the Year – over NZ$5 million
Importer of the Year from the US
The Investor of the Year Award is a Recognition Award. The finalists are:
Investor of the Year to or from the US
The Education Partnership Award is new this year, recognizing the best US-focused entrepreneurial partnership between a business and a primary or secondary school.
The finalists are:
Education Partnership with the US
Previous winners of the Supreme Award have included Zespri International, Peace Software, Airways Corporation, HumanWare, Tenon, Orion Health, Zeacom, SMI Group and Fonterra.