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Free repro Ð please credit Paul Sherwood Export Industry Awards 2015, held at the Convention Centre, Dublin. November 2015. Combilift took home the overall Exporter of the Year Award 2015 after winning the Multinational Exporter of the Year Award category earlier in the evening Pictured - Michael Treanor, John OÕHora, Martin McVicar - MD, Noel OÕDowd, Anthony Rooney all from Combilift Winner - Exporter of the Year Award 2015

Image 1: Combilift – Exporter of the Year 2015

Free repro Ð please credit Paul Sherwood Export Industry Awards 2015, held at the Convention Centre, Dublin. November 2015. Combilift took home the overall Exporter of the Year Award 2015 after winning the Multinational Exporter of the Year Award category earlier in the evening Pictured - Tom Hayes T.D., Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Martin McVicar Ð MD Combiliift Ð Winner Exporter of the Year Award 2015, Beatrice Cosgrove Ð Eithad Airways, sponsor of the overall Exporter of the Year Award 2015, Hugh Kelly President Irish Exporters Association
Image 2: Minister Hayes, Martin McVicar Managing Director of Combilift, Beatrice Cosgrove of Etihad Airways and Hugh Kelly, President, Irish Exporters Association

COMBILIFT Announced Exporter of the Year 2015

November 13th, 2015 – Dublin – The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the voice of the export industry in Ireland, this evening announced Monaghan-based forklift manufacturer, Combilift, Exporter of the Year 2015 at the Export Industry Awards. The Awards, in their 15th year, attracted over 500 guests including Tom Hayes T.D., Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine who provided a keynote address, Senator Mary White, Senator Noone, Ambassadors and Dignitaries, Director General at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with Ivan Yates as MC to the Convention Centre Dublin.

The Export Industry Awards 2015 is the premier event recognising the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry in Ireland. 12 companies won individual category Awards across a range of sectors. Combilift took home the overall Exporter of the Year Award 2015 after winning the Multinational Exporter of the Year Award category earlier in the evening.

Monaghan-based forklift manufacturer, Combilift, developed the world’s first IC engine-powered all-wheel-drive multidirectional forklift and today exports lifting machinery to over 135 countries. The firm formally inaugurated the construction process of its new €40 million manufacturing facility and global HQ in Monaghan this year, an expansion which will create 200 new jobs and position Combilift to double its current €150 million turnover by 2020.

Pointing to yesterday’s announcement of the Government’s Enterprise 2025 strategy and its coherence with the agri-food sector’s Food Wise 2025 strategy, Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes T.D. said: “Both of these development strategies highlight the critical role the exporting sector has played, and will continue to play, in the growth of the Irish economy. Tonight’s event is a vivid demonstration of the capabilities of the exporting sector and I would like to congratulate all those involved.”

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, Hugh Kelly, President of the Irish Exporters Association said: “The Irish Exporters Association Annual Awards are so important because they acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the most important sector in Ireland’s economy. The unwavering commitment of our exporters to delivering world-class customer service and solutions has played a significant role in our economic recovery.

We are delighted to announce Combilift as the winner of the overall Exporter of the Year 2015. Since it was established in 1998 by Martin McVicar and Robert Moffet, Combilift has grown to become a global leader in its field. The standard of Award entrants this year was higher than ever before but our judges were struck by the energy, ability and ambition of Combilift’s management and employees to deliver strong results, year after year. They commended the continuous innovation evident in the company’s product range, its standards of excellence in manufacturing and its contributions as a substantial employer in Monaghan. We wish Combilift every success in the years to come.”

2015 Export Industry Award Categories & Winners

Exporter of The Year 2015 sponsored by Etihad Airways
Winner: Combilift, Co. Monaghan

High Growth Markets Exporter of the Year sponsored by Enterprise Ireland
Shortlisted: Adams & Butler, Dublin; Athlone Extrusions, Athlone, Co Westmeath; Celtic Sea Minerals trading as Marigot Ltd, Carrigaline, Co Cork; Glenmar Shellfish Ltd, Cork & Dublin; Suretank, Dunleer, Co Louth.
Winner: Celtic Sea Minerals T/A Marigot, Carrigaline, Co Cork

High Potential Exporter Award sponsored by Enterprise Ireland
Shortlisted: Arralis Ltd, Castletroy, Limerick; BFree Foods, Dublin; Human+Kind Little Island, Co Cork; iASC Atlantic Seafood Company of Ireland, Ballycurreen, Co Cork; Roomex.com, Dublin;
Ventac, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.
Winner: Arralis, Castletroy, Co Limerick

Multinational Exporter of the Year sponsored by HSBC
Shortlisted: ABP Food Group, Ardee, Co Louth; Combilift, Co. Monaghan; Irish Distillers, Dublin; PortWest, Westport, Co Mayo; Valeo Vision Systems, Tuam, Co Galway
Winner: Combilift, Co. Monaghan

Medium Size Exporter of the Year sponsored by Guaranteed Irish
Shortlisted: Athlone Extrusions Limited, Athlone, Co Westmeath; Aran Ard Teo T/A Gallaghers Bakery, Ardara, Co Donegal; Megazyme International Ireland, Bray, County Wicklow; S3, Dublin; Trend Technologies Mullingar Ltd, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Winner: Trend Technologies Mullingar, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Emerging Small Exporter of the Year sponsored by Local Enterprise Office
Shortlisted: Hibernia Distillers Ltd, Little Island, Co.Cork; iASC Atlantic Seafood Company of Ireland, Ballycurreen, Co Cork; Nobó, Dublin; Polyfab Plastics Ltd, Cootehill, Co Cavan; Showoff, Rathnew, Co Wicklow; The Handmade Soap Company, Slane, Co Meath; The Little Milk Company, Cappagh, Waterford.
Winner: The Little Milk Company, Cappagh, Co Waterford

Food & Drink Exporter of the Year sponsored by Bord Bia
Shortlisted: Aran Ard Teo T/A Gallaghers Bakery, Ardara, Co Donegal; Glenmar Shellfish Ltd, Cork & Dublin; Green Isle Foods, Naas, Co Kildare; Irish Distillers, Dublin; Rye River Brewing Company, Kilcock, Co Kildare.
Winner: Aran Ard Teo T/A Gallaghers Bakery, Ardara, Co Donegal

Life Sciences Exporter of the Year sponsored by KUEHNE + NAGEL
Shortlisted: DePuy Securities Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork; Megazyme International Ireland, Bray, County Wicklow; Merck, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork; SRL, Cork; T.E.Laboratories, Tullow, Co. Carlow.
Winner: Megazyme International Ireland, Bray, Co Wicklow

Services Exporter of the Year sponsored by Enterprise Ireland
Shortlisted: LotusWorks, Sligo; Netwatch, Carlow; Newsweaver, Cork; Taxback, Dublin; Westbourne IT, Cork.
Winner: LotusWorks, Co Sligo

Maritime Services Company of the Year sponsored by Irish Maritime Development Office
Shortlisted: DFDS, Dublin; Irish Continental Group, Container & Terminal Division, Dublin; IWT, Dublin.
Winner: Irish Continental Group, Container & Terminal Division, Dublin

Logistics Company of the Year sponsored by Rosslare Europort
Shortlisted: Damco Logistics Ireland Limited, Dublin; DHL Express, Dublin; Geodis, Dublin; Kuehne + Nagel, Dublin; McArdle Skeath, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Winner: GEODIS Ireland, Dublin

ICT Exporter of The Year sponsored by Cloud90
Shortlisted: Intact Software, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Intel Security, Mahon, Co Cork; LotusWorks, Sligo; Newsweaver, Kinsale Road, Cork; S3, Leopardstown, Dublin 18.
Winner: S3 Group, Dublin

Best Export Employer sponsored by Irish Exporters Association
Shortlisted: Athlone Extrusions Limited, Athlone, Co Westmeath; Combilift, Co. Monaghan; Kuehne + Nagel, Dublin; Netwatch, Carlow; Newsweaver, Cork.
Winner: Athlone Extrusions, Athlone, Co Westmeath

2015 Independent Judging Panel

Chaired by Mr. Pat Higgins, Head of Business Development Queally Group and supported by:

Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev, Economist and Lecturer
Dr. Christina Gates, Managing Partner, Tomkins & Co.
Ms. Catherine Guy, Managing Partner, Byrne Wallace
Ms. Fidelma McGuirk
Mr. Howard Knott, Logistics Consultant
Mr. Thomas Hunter McGowan, Chief Executive Officer, Intertrade Ireland
Mr. Padraic White, Chairman, Certification Europe Ltd

Ends

For Further information contact:

Vicki Caplin, Head of Marketing, Irish Exporters Association
T: 01 642 4174 / 087 987 1137
E: vickicaplin@irishexporters.ie

Fiona Burke, Communications, Events & Public Affairs Officer, Irish Exporters Association
T: 016424171
E: fionaburke@irishexporters.ie

About the Awards:
The Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards in its 15th year is the premier event for recognising the achievements of Irish Exporters. The event is supported by a number of corporate and industry sponsors: Etihad, HSBC, Guaranteed Irish, Kuehne+Nagel, Rosslare Europort, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, LEO’s the Irish Maritime Development Office, Cloud 90 and Tipperary Crystal and The Irish Times.  It is important that we highlight the Irish exporters who have excelled in their sector despite some difficult trading conditions and to highlight those companies who have been fundamental to Ireland’s success.

About the Irish Exporters Association:
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) is the ‘Voice of the Export Industry’ in Ireland. We represent the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland. The IEA is the connecting force for Irish exporters, providing practical knowledge and support across the Island of Ireland and in foreign markets.

About the Awards

The Export Industry Awards are organised by the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) to recognise the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry.

Companies can now enter from 12 Categories and be in with a chance to be selected as the 2015 Exporter of the Year. All winners will be announced at an annual Gala Dinner on Friday, 13th November at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

The awards will acclaim all export industry sectors recognising emerging exporters as well as established indigenous exporters of manufactured goods and services, and onward to the big hitting multinational exporters. There will be an opportunity for companies trading successfully in tough European markets and for those companies trading in high growth markets. Entrants may range from small start-up companies to large international corporations depending on the category.

Companies are welcome to enter more than one category. The overall Exporter of the Year 2015 will be selected from the winners of the individual categories.

Judging Criteria

There are 12 categories which companies can enter. The overall Exporter of the Year 2015 will be selected from the winners of the individual categories. A prestigious judges panel will decide the winners from a high standard group of applicants.

How to Enter

Applications open 11th September. Entrants may range from small start up companies to large international corporations depending on the category. Application forms can be submitted to Vicki Caplin, 28 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Please note that companies are welcome to enter more than one category.

Sponsorship

If you are interested in sponsoring a category please contact Vicki Caplin on (01) 6424174 or email vickicaplin@irishexporters.ie

Sponsor: Etihad Airways
Objective & Criteria: An overall Exporter of the Year Award for 2015 will be chosen by the judging panel from those companies who are overall winners in the individual categories. The Award will be presented in recognition of the very best export achievement in what has become an ever more competitive international marketplace.

  • Export growth and profitability over the past two years
  • Innovative approach to any aspect of international trade
  • Growth in percentage of export sales compared to total sales
  • Obstacles overcome in getting into markets
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Sponsor: Enterprise Ireland
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise exceptional performance by small Irish businesses in developing their export activity in the high growth markets.

  • Open to all SME businesses operating in Ireland that have exhibited excellence in developing an export strategy in high growth markets
  • The company must be exporting a minimum of 10% of their total turnover outside of the EU, US and the UK. Please clearly state actual export turnover
  • The company must show the percentage growth in the last two years
  • Special attention will be paid to export strategy, in particular marketing
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Sponsor: Enterprise Ireland
Objective & Criteria:

For Enterprise Ireland Clients 

To identify an early stage exporting company which has surpassed its potential in the last two years and is demonstrating success and commitment in one or more markets.

  • Open to all categories who export goods or services developed in Ireland.
  • The company must be in business for two fiscal years.
  • The company must be between year 1 and year 3 of their initial export journey
  • Judges will consider both Product Innovation and Process Innovation
  • The company must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 10% of total turnover
  • The company must be able to demonstrate their export strategy plan and campaign, including plan for the future
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Sponsor: HSBC
Objective & Criteria:

To distinguish the exceptional performance and continuous growth over 5 years of multinational exporting companies either in the services or the manufacturing sectors.

  • Open to all multinational companies in all export sectors
  • Company must have greater than 250 employees and either an annual turnover greater than €100m or an annual balance sheet greater than €90m
  • Nominee must be exporting and have export sales of at least 50% of total turnover
  • Judges will consider how each company has established and developed its sustainability policies and CSR initiatives
  • The company should be able to differentiate themselves by highlighting their main contribution to the Irish economy
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Sponsor: Guaranteed Irish
Objective & Criteria:

To distinguish the exceptional growth and performance of medium size exporting companies either in the services or the manufacturing sectors.

  • Open to all medium size companies in all export sectors
  • Company must have between 50 employees and 250 employees and either an annual turnover between €10m but not exceeding €100m or an annual balance sheet between €10m but not exceeding €90m
  • Nominee must be exporting and have export sales of at least 50% of total turnover
  • Special consideration will be given to the percentage growth of exports out of Ireland over 3-5 years, innovation, and research and development
  • Judges will consider how each company has established and developed its sustainability policies and CSR initiatives
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Sponsor: Bord Bia
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise the export achievement of companies in the food and drink sector and in to encourage new product development and innovative packaging in the sector.

  • Open to all business enterprises based in Republic of Ireland
  • Nominee must be in business for two fiscal years
  • Nominee must have export sales of approximately 15% of total turnover
  • Nominee must demonstrate consistent responsible food safety and adhere to both the rules of HACCP and those of the local health authority
  • Nominee must demonstrate consistent responsible approach towards sustainability and the Origin Green initiative
  • The research and technology must have primarily taken place in Republic of Ireland
  • The product must have been introduced to the industry or market within the last two years
  • Be commercially aware and adaptable to a changing market environment
  • Be innovative with regard to product development and packaging
  • Judges will consider both Product Innovation and Process Innovation
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Sponsor: Kuehne + Nagel
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise the achievements of companies in the life sciences sector which incorporates pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and bio-pharmaceutical companies.

  • Open to all exporting companies involved in the activities mentioned above
  • Nominees must demonstrate strategy employed over 3-5 year period and any pioneering activities
  • Nominee must be in business for two fiscal years
  • Nominee must be exporting and have export sales of at least 15% of total turnover and must clearly demonstrate export success
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Sponsor: Enterprise Ireland
Objective & Criteria:

To identify and highlight companies who have excelled at selling services oversees. Open to all exporters of services including, but not exclusive to, legal, professional, financial, leasing, HR and recruitment.

  • The service must have primarily taken place in Ireland
  • The company must operate in Ireland and have an Irish base/subsidiary
  • The company must be in business for two fiscal years.
  • The company must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 30% of total turnover
  • The company must demonstrate exceptional performance in supporting the export industry
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Sponsor: Rosslare Europort
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise the outstanding achievement of a company in supporting the growth of Irish exports in the area of logistics and supply chain management.

  • Open to all third party logistic providers, integrators and freight transport companies
  • The company must operate in Ireland and have an Irish base or subsidiary
  • The company must be in business for two fiscal years
  • The company must demonstrate exceptional performance in supporting the export industry
  • Special attention will be paid to systems or processes employed
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Sponsorship Available
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise the achievements of companies in the technology sector which incorporates software, web design and development, digital marketing and e-commerce in securing and building new export markets in this sector.

  • Open to all export services delivered in Ireland
  • Nominee must be in business for two fiscal years
  • Nominee must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 30% of total turnover.
  • The company must be able to demonstrate proven track record from the last 3-5 years
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Sponsorship Available
Objective & Criteria:

To recognise companies which are successfully investing in their people while securing and developing a footprint in international markets.

  • Open to all categories who export goods or services developed in Ireland
  • The company must be in business for two fiscal years
  • The company must be currently exporting to one or more countries and have export sales of at least 30% of total turnover
  • The company must be able to demonstrate that they are a leader in job retention, and sustainable growth in jobs, notable training and development opportunities, equal opportunities employer and work life balance
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Sponsor: Local Enterprise Office
Objective & Criteria:

To distinguish the exceptional performance micro and small companies either in the services or the manufacturing sectors who are demonstrating export potential.

  • Open to all micro and small size companies in all sectors including first time exporters;
  • Nominee must be in business for at least one fiscal year;
  • Nominee company must have demonstrable export potential and identified export sales to one or more international markets

 

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