National Pen Promotional Products Ltd., Dundalk, Co. Louth has won the Irish Exporters Association’s overall Exporter of the Year Award 2013 at a dinner at the Dublin Convention Centre. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade was guest speaker at the ceremony and presented the awards.
Sector Category Winners
The Irish Exporters Association’s Export Industry Awards are broken down into a number of key sector categories. The winners in each category then go forward for the Exporter of the Year Award. Following are the nominees and winners in each sector.
Emerging Exporter Award 2013. This award, sponsored by the County and City Enterprise Boards, recognises exceptional performance by small Irish businesses in developing export activity. The nominees for this category are: Advanced NDT Solutions of Athlone, and Tyrecheck of Ennis, Co. Clare, AND Seahorse Atlantic, Co. Cork. The winner was Tyrecheck of Ennis, Co. Clare.
Multinational Exporter of the Year 2013. This award, sponsored by Aer Lingus Cargo, recognises the exceptional performance of Multinational companies in contributing to Ireland’s impressive export performance. The nominees were: McAfee, Cork; National Pen Promotional Products Ltd. of Dundalk, Co. Louth and Wellman International, Mullagh, Kells, Co. Cavan. National Pen Promotional Products Ltd was the winner in this category and went on to become Exporter of the Year 2013.
Life Sciences Exporter Award 2013. Life Sciences is a collective term to describe a sector which includes pharmaceutical, medical devices and allied sectors such as biopharmaceuticals and diagnostics. The sector is the fastest growing sector of our exporting industry and Ireland currently has the distinction of being the largest exporter of life sciences products in the world. This award is sponsored by Kuehne & Nagel and the winner is EirGen Pharma, based in Waterford.
Services Exporter of the Year Award 2013, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, recognises the efforts of Irish companies in securing and building new export markets in the international services sectors. The nominees for this award were: Celtrak Ltd of Galway; Fexco, Killorglin, Co. Kerry; HWT Engineering, trading as Horizon of Westport, Co. Mayo; and the S3 Group of Dublin. The winner was Celtrak Ltd.
Manufacturing Exporter of the Year Award 2013, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, is presented in recognition of the achievements of manufacturing companies in securing and building new export markets. The nominees for the Award were: BioTector Analytical Systems Ltd., Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork; Burnside Autocyl (Tullow) Ltd., Tullow, Co. Carlow and Irish Dog Foods of Naas, Co. Kildare. The winner was BioTector Analytical Systems Ltd., Co. Cork.
Software Exporter Award 2013, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, recognises the achievements of software companies in securing and building new export markets. The nominees were: Compliance and Risks of Little Island, Cork; Copperfasten Technologies of Salthill, Galway and Ezetop of Dublin. The winner was Ezetop, Dublin.
Seafood Exporter of the Year 2013, sponsored by Bord Biá, recognises companies in the seafood sector that have made significant progress in securing and building export markets for Irish seafood. The nominees for this category were: Glenmar Shellfish Ltd. of Union Hall, Co. Cork; Rockabill Shellfish Ltd., Dublin and Cork; and Sofrimar Ltd., Kilmore Quay, Wexford. The winner was Rockabill Shellfish Ltd.
Food and Drink Exporter Award 2013, sponsored by Bord Biá, features mainly indigenous food and drink companies and is a sector that continues to grow in these troubled economic times. The nominees were: ABP Ireland, Ardee, Co. Louth; First Ireland Spirits, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois; Lily O’Briens, Newbridge, Co. Kildare and Mister Crumb, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. The winner was Lily O’Briens.
Innovation Exporter of the Year Award 2013’, sponsored by AIB, is presented to companies that have made a significant innovative contribution to exporting resulting in a new technology, product or service, or a new use for an existing product. The nominees were: Dawn Farm Foods of Naas, Co. Kildare; Intel Ireland, Leixlip, Co. Kildare and McAfee, Mahon, Cork. The winner was Intel Ireland.
Deep Sea’ Shipping Company of the Year Award is sponsored by the Port of Cork Company. The nominees were: CMA-CGM Shipping Ireland Ltd., Dublin; Maersk Line, Dublin and International Maritime Agencies Ltd., Dublin. The winner was Maersk Line.
The Short Sea Shipping Company of the Year Award which recognises the strategically important role of short sea shipping to our island economy was sponsored by the Irish Exporters Association. The nominees were: CLdN ro-ro SA Dublin; Eucon Shipping, Dublin and Stena Line, Dublin. The winner was Eucon Shipping & Transport Ltd
Logistics Company of the Year Award, sponsored by Belfast Harbour Commissioners recognises the importance of logistics and supply chain management companies to the exporting effort of firms trading internationally from Ireland. The nominees were: DFDS Logistics, Geodis Logistics and Kuehne and Nagel Ireland Ltd. – all based in Dublin. The winner was DFDS Logistics
Sustainable Exporter of the Year Award, sponsored by Rosslare Europort, identifies and highlights companies which have excelled in re-shaping their companies into sustainable role models for others starting on the road to sustainable production and services. The nominees were: Dawn Farm Foods, Naas, Co. Kildare; The Irish Dairy Board, Dublin Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd., Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny. The winner was Dawn Farm Foods.
The Irish Exporters Association gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of AIB, Aer Lingus Cargo, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Bord Biá, IIFA, County and City Enterprise Boards, Enterprise Ireland, Kuehne & Nagel, the Port of Cork Company and Rosslare Europort.