• PORTWEST Announced Exporter of the Year 2018

    Dublin, 16th November 2018: The Export Industry Awards 2018, the premier event recognising the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry in Ireland, took place on Friday, 16th November at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. 10 companies won category awards across a range of sectors. Mayo-based Portwest was crowned the overall Exporter of the Year Award 2018 after winning the Multinational Exporter of the Year Award earlier in the evening. Irish comedian Mario Rosenstock MC’d the black tie Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, with 500 export industry professionals in attendance. Guests included representatives from over 25 Embassies, diplomats, applicants and awards guests.

    Established in 1904, Portwest is a family owned business and continues to be managed by the 3rd generation of the Hughes Family out of Westport, Co. Mayo. The company is a manufacturer and distributor of work wear, safety footwear and PPE. Portwest’s 592-page catalogue is available in 26 languages and features 1300+ safety styles making Portwest a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all safety requirements. Portwest have developed ground-breaking product innovation in the last two years such as “Ezee” Zip Portwest, first major zip technology in over a century. The research and IP is all out of Ireland.

    Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, Nicola Byrne, President of the Irish Exporters Association said: “Since their inauguration in 2001, The Export Industry Awards have grown to become one of the most prestigious industry awards in Ireland. Tonight we recognised the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry, from Small & Emerging exporters to the Multinationals, and from Logistics & Supply Chain companies to Tech, Maritime and export service providers.

    Tonight, we recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievement of the 11 category winners and in particular the 2018 Overall Exporter of the Year. Our Independent Judging Panel, chaired by Pat Higgins, Business Development Manager at Queally Group, was particularly impressed with the competitiveness of the applications which clearly demonstrate the international opportunities companies from Ireland are winning.

    We are delighted to announce Portwest as the winner of the Overall Exporter of the Year 2018. The judges found that Portwest showed an impressive globally-focused innovation and growth strategy. The judges were particularly impressed by Portwest’s focus on anchoring its global ambitions in its Irish heritage, They displayed an exceptionally customer-focused approach, and are a global ambassador both for the West of Ireland and the quality of the Irish exporting industry.”

    The Export Industry Awards 2018 is supported by a number of corporate and industry sponsors.

    Platinum Sponsors: KPMG Ireland, Facebook, Trinity College Dublin

    Category sponsors: Bord Bia, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Dixon International Logistics, Enterprise Ireland, GS1 Ireland, Irish Maritime Development Office

    2018 Export Industry Award Categories & Winners

    Exporter of The Year 2018 sponsored by The Irish Exporters Association
    Winner: Portwest, Mayo

    Medium Size Exporter of the Year Award
    Winner: Turmec Engineering, Meath
    Shortlisted: Carton Controls Ltd., Waterford; Dansko Foods, Limerick; Sf Engineering, Sligo
    Turmec Engineering, Meath

    Export Innovation of the Year Award, sponsored by KPMG Ireland
    Winner: TransferMate Global Payments, Kilkenny;

    Shortlisted: Aalto Bio Reagents, Dublin; Combilift, Monaghan; Diageo Ireland, Dublin; Irish Distillers, Dublin; Irish Dog Foods, Kildare; TransferMate Global Payments, Kilkenny; Ventac, Wicklow

    Services Exporter of the Year sponsored by Trinity College Dublin
    Winner: WiseTek, Dublin
    Shortlisted: Compliance & Risk, Dublin; DE international, Dublin; WiseTek, Dublin; UrbanVolt, Dublin; Ventac, Wicklow

    Food & Drink Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Bord Bia
    Winner: William Grant & Sons Irish Brands, Monaghan
    Shortlisted: ABP Food Group, Louth; Glanbia Foods Ireland, Kildare; Keogh’s Crisps, Dublin; Marine Harvest Ireland, Donegal; Oakpark Foods, Tipperary; Silver Hill Farm, Monaghan; William Grant & Sons Irish Brands, Monaghan

    Life Sciences Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Dixon International Logistics
    Winner: Silvercloud Health, Dublin
    Shortlisted: Aalto Bio Reagents, Dublin; Almac Group, Armagh; Chanelle Pharmaceuticals, Galway; PolyPico Technologies, Galway; Silvercloud Health, Dublin

    High Potential Exporter Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland
    Winner: Nutritics, Dublin
    Shortlisted: Arklu – Lottie Dolls, Donegal; Nova Leah, Louth; Nutritics, Dublin; Silvercloud Health, Dublin; Solvotrin Therapeutics, Cork; Sytorus, Dublin

    Small & Emerging Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Facebook
    Winner: Silvercloud Health, Dublin
    Shortlisted: HTE Engineering Services, Meath; Keogh’s Crisps, Dublin; Silvercloud Health, Dublin; Strong Roots, Dublin; Tanorganic, Kildare

    Multinational Exporter of the Year, sponsored by GS1 Ireland
    Winner: Portwest, Mayo
    Shortlisted: ABP Food Group, Louth; Chanelle Pharmaceuticals, Galway; Diageo Ireland, Dublin; Glanbia Foods Ireland, Kildare; Irish Distillers, Dublin; Portwest, Mayo

    Maritime Services Company of the Year, sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office
    Winner: Kontainers, Dublin
    Shortlisted: Irish Continental Group – Container and Terminal Division, Dublin; Kontainers, Dublin

    Technology Exporter of the Year, sponsored by The Sunday Times
    Winner: Cora Systems, Leitrim
    Shortlisted: Aalto Bio Reagents, Dublin; Compliance & Risk, Dublin; Cora Systems, Leitrim; Elavon Freight Payments, Dublin; Silvercloud Health, Dublin

    Logistics & Supply Chain Company of the Year, sponsored by Cathay Pacific Cargo
    Winner: Rhenus Logistics Ltd., Dublin
    Shortlisted: DHL Express, Dublin; DHL Global Forwarding, Dublin; Dixon International Logistics, Dublin; Exertis Supply Chain Services Dublin; McArdle Skeath, Louth; Rhenus Logistics Ltd., Dublin; SEKO Logistics, Dublin

    2018 Export Industry Awards Independent Judging Panel

    Chairperson: Pat Higgins, Head of Business Development, Queally Group
    Independent Observer: Liam Lynch, Partner, Financial Services, KPMG

    Group A: Services, Export Innovation, Technology

    • Padraic White, Chairman, Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services [Not available 18th October – long standing commitment]
    • David Brophy, Partner & Patent Attorney, FR Kelly
    • Aisling McEvoy, Ph.D. l Head of Enterprise Partnerships, Programmes Directorate, Science Foundation Ireland
    • Giulio Buciuni, Director of Master in Entrepreneurship, Trinity Business School

    Group B: High Potential, Medium Size, Small & Emerging, Food & Drink

    • Margaret Hearty, Director of Programmes and Business Services, InterTradeIreland
    • Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office
    • Breege O’Donoghue, Chair, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

    Group C: Logistics, Life Sciences, Multinational, Maritime Services

    • Howard Knott, Logistics Consultant
    • Breda O’Toole, Head of Department, Product Development & Transformation, IDA
    • Mick Curran, CEO, Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Ireland (CILT)


    For Further information contact:

    Pascal Koenig, Communications and Public Affairs Manager
    T: 01 642 4171 / 087 142 3310
    E: pascalkoenig@irishexporters.ie

    About the Export Industry Awards:

    The Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards in its 18th year is the premier event for recognising the achievements of Irish Exporters and the businesses that support them. The Export Industry Awards 2018 is supported by a number of corporate and industry sponsors: KPMG Ireland, Facebook, Trinity College Dublin, Bord Bia, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Dixon International Logistics, Enterprise Ireland, GS1Ireland and the Irish Maritime Development Office.

    It is important that we highlight the exporting companies who have excelled in their sector despite some uncertain trading conditions and to highlight those businesses in the sector who have been fundamental to Ireland’s success. The award categories cover a broad range of export sectors, including emerging exporters, established indigenous exporters of manufactured goods, services, software food and drink and multinational companies, as well as the key support sectors of logistics and maritime services.

    About the Alumni Programme:

    Designed in conjunction with KPMG Ireland and Trinity College Dublin, the Export Industry Awards Alumni Programme is open to past category winners and former shortlisted Export Industry Award winners. This years’ alumni programme included two outreach seminars and a masterclass in Design Thinking for Growth and Innovation. Previous years have covered: negotiation, strategic development and execution, strategic finance, innovation and growth, change management, organisational renewal and transformation.