Hi-tech winners show the way to the future

BILLION dollar exporters and small, emerging businesses were among this year’s winners in the WA Industry and Export Awards.

Osborne Park-based radio technology firm Q-Mac Electronics won both the research and development award and the small to medium manufacturers export award. The company services 40 countries with a marketing department of three staff.

Q-Mac marketing director Elizabeth Natta said the company won the small to medium manufacturers export category for its entire range of products, the R&D category was won for designing and manufacturing its flagship product the HF-90 Compact Transceiver – the world’s smallest high perform-ance HF SSB transceiver.

Ms Natta said it was suited to civilian and military/paramilit-ary applications, aid workers and developing countries.

Other awards were won by Nedlands-based maritime safety trainers Marine and Offshore Group and Belmont-based HotBods Creatures for its novel solution for stress, muscular aches and tension.

For the second consecutive year, the agribusiness export award was won by Manjimup Coolstores Syndicate and the education award by Curtin University of Technology.

For the first time, an online service provider was named a finalist for the design category. Online share trader Sanford Securities was recognised for its web site which attracts an average 8.4 million hits a day.

The Baulderstone Clough joint venture was lauded for building the Northbridge Tunnel, winning the C.Y. O’Connor award for engineering excellence while Gold Corporation won the marketing award for developing and promoting the Olympic coin and medal collection.

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