A story of resilience and ingenuity – celebrating Canberra and region Exporters
Did you know that one of the world’s leading companies in the delivery of healthcare solutions in any setting is based here in Canberra? Aspen Medical, the 2018 Australian Exporter of the year, rolled out over 150 respiratory clinics around Australia in response to the Covid pandemic along and significant volumes of Australia’s PPE for the National Medical Stockpile. They have delivered online training courses on behalf of the Department of Health to 2.6 million people around the country and have managed quarantine for thousands of people in Australia, Japan and the US.
Canberra exporters punch well above their weight, and this week 150 companies who export goods and services to overseas markets came together to celebrate their achievements and the contribution they make to our local economy. Access to international markets is the key to growth, and job creation. Supporting international trade is a critical activity for the Business Chamber and the ACT Government, supporting the economic diversity that is critical to the Canberra economy, businesses and our region.
The ACT Export Awards are normally about judging, finalists, and awards, but exporting, like other aspects of life, was heavily disrupted by Covid. This year we focussed instead on the journey that these businesses have taken, engaging directly with companies, and bringing them together to discuss the challenges of 2020 and to share their strategies for surviving and thriving into the future.
Our cyber-tech companies are exporting state-of-the-art Canberra-made technology to the rest of the world. Liquid Instruments “Moku:Lab”, for example, replaces 12 precision laboratory instruments with a single multifunctional device.
The Mullion Group, on the other hand, is a software and consulting company that supports companies, countries, and other organisations to operationalise systems for environmental metrics. This small Canberra company employing 14 staff is recognised internationally for their expertise in greenhouse gas inventory systems for the land sector.
Agri-business Terra Preta is transforming the landscape, using trees to turn it back into deep, dark and rich soil, which just happens to be where truffles love to live. Their passion has led to global recognition as an exporter of high-grade truffles to markets around the world.
Every Canberran knows Summernats, the car festival held annually in Canberra since 1987. But did you know that the nation’s largest automotive lifestyle event, with 2000+ modified and performance cars on display, generates an economic return for the ACT of $30m each year and attracts 100,000 national and international visitors. Now Summernats has diversified, with the creation of the Burnout Masters Game APP to enable non-event related export income and promote the event to the world.
What do all these businesses have in common? They are all Canberra based, and all working to expand their operations and market reach. They have shown us how to adapt, re-build and create new jobs for our region, and that is something to celebrate as they truly are changing people’s lives and reactivating our economy.
Canberra Business Chamber
Taken from the Canberra Weekly pp. 28