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Awards recognise export performance of South Australian businesses.

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Media release

17 August, 2007

Awards recognise export performance of South Australian businesses

South Australian businesses have just over three weeks to enter the prestigious Australian Export Awards, Australian Government Minister for Trade, Warren Truss said today.

The Awards recognise outstanding export success in 12 industry categories and through the overall DHL Australian Exporter of the Year award.

Category winners of the 2007 Business SA Export Awards progress as finalists to compete alongside winners from other state and territory award programs in the national Australian Export Awards, in November.

Entries for the Business SA Export Awards close on 7 September.

Mr Truss said South Australia’s export performance was highlighted by the outstanding local companies participating in the Australian Export Awards over recent years such as last year’s winner of the Arts, Entertainment and Design Award - Rising Sun Pictures.

“Rising Sun Pictures has achieved a company turnover of more than 500 per cent in the last three years and this has been driven by its exports success. South Australia’s principal export market is the US which is RSP’s key market as they have provided the visual effects for blockbuster films such as Superman Returns, Charlotte’s Web and Batman Begins,” Mr Truss said.

“Other key export markets for SA include Japan, UK, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia and not surprisingly for a region renowned for it, the wine and agribusiness industries are its major exports.

“The Australian Export Awards celebrate the success of the many businesses that are driving Australia’s record-breaking export performance. Finalists in last year’s Awards generated more than $12.5 billion in export earnings and directly employed over 36,000 people.

“Australia’s export excellence is being achieved by businesses of all sizes and across all industries. I encourage South Australian businesses to enter the Awards so that we can recognise and celebrate your success,” Mr Truss said.

Last year, South Australia was represented in the national awards by Seed Genetics Australia Pty Ltd; Rising Sun Pictures; University of South Australia; Sydac Pty Ltd; Quest Retail Technology Ptd Ltd; Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd; Kangaroo Island Abalone Pty Ltd; Flight Training Adelaide; Cartridge World Pty Ltd; and Extreme Machining Australia Pty Ltd.

For details on how to enter visit before the 7 September deadline.

Media Inquiries: Minister Truss' office 02 6277 7420 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555