Image 1: Combilift – Exporter of the Year 2015
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
For Further information contact:
Vicki Caplin, Head of Marketing, Irish Exporters Association
T: 01 642 4174 / 087 987 1137
Fiona Burke, Communications, Events & Public Affairs Officer, Irish Exporters Association
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.