Queensland small business lights up Premier’s Export Awards
CCIQ ecoBiz member Aqualuma LED Lighting has won the Environmental Solutions gong at the 2016 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.
The Gold Coast-based company, which makes high quality LED lights – all designed and manufactured in Australia, won from a high-class field to take the environmental solutions award this week.
Another 12 members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland also won awards or were finalists in the 2016 Premier of Queensland’s Exports Awards.
Aqualuma, run by brothers, Carl and Grant Amor, the co-founders and directors, has been a member of the CCIQ ecoBiz team for almost two years.
They now have offices in Australia, Europe and the United States of America.
Aqualuma’s award was for “outstanding international success in environmental solutions, clean energy innovation, materials and energy efficiency, waste and water management, green buildings and R&D collaboration”.
The company was also a finalist in the Manufacturing Award.
CCIQ ecoBiz program manager Manelle Issa said it was a great achievement for the company and testament to the value of the business sustainability program at a state and national level.
“Having joined the CCIQ ecoBiz program in Feb 2015, the Aqualuma team was motivated by being recognised through the program and a general interest in reducing costs to run the business,” she said.
Aqualuma has already won several environmental awards and with the help of ecoBiz has been operating extremely efficiently at the Helensvale factory and recognised as “best practice”.
Three CCIQ members won other awards on the night, including Stockyard (Agribusiness Award), Cairns College of English and Business (Education and Training Award), and Aim Lab Automation Technologies (Manufacturing Award).
Knotwood, a finalist in the Regional Exporter Award, was further recognised with a special prize, the Dermot McManus Award for Innovation.
Other finalists included Morlife, Golden Harvest Grain Exports, Charlton Brown, Griffith University, Hall Contracting, and CJ NutraCon.
CCIQ’s Manager of International Trade Diana Gueorguieva said it was exciting to see the export achievements of CCIQ members recognised and rewarded by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Trade Investment Queensland.
“On behalf of the team at CCIQ International Trade, I would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists for your amazing export successes,” she said.
“We are privileged to have had the opportunity to be of assistance to these businesses in their export journey. Your successes are our successes.”
The award winners progress to the National Export Awards on November 24.
For more information on the awards, visit: http://www.tiq.qld.gov.au/awards/
(Photo supplied by the Export Council of Australia).
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