NOJA Power Switchgear
has won the Exporter of the Year award at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2012 program for the third time in six years.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman recently announced electrical switchgear company NOJA Power as the ‘Queensland Exporter of the Year’.
NOJA Power was initially awarded first prize for its export achievements in the ‘Large Advanced Manufacturer Award’ category and subsequently won the overall Exporter of the Year Award after being selected the best company from the twelve category winners.
The company had also won Exporter of the Year Awards in the 2007 and 2009 editions of the program.
An annual event open to all Queensland exporters, the Queensland’s Export Awards program, now in its 23rd year is the state’s highest recognition of exporting achievement. The awards program provides a showcase for top exporters and recognises enterprising excellence for the export of goods and services and the positioning of Queensland in the international market.
In a statement, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said that the award-winning Queensland companies have achieved great success through innovation and determination to meet the changing needs of the global export market. In a specific reference to NOJA Power, he said that the Queensland company was at the top of its game, providing electrical infrastructure to countries with swelling populations and industries. He added that NOJA Power epitomised the success story of a Queensland company, which started out small, and went on to bigger things.
Formed in 2002 by Neil O’Sullivan, Oleg Samarski, Jay Manne and Quynh Anh Le, who still run the company, NOJA Power now employs 150 people and exports to 80 countries on every continent.
The company’s products are used in the distribution of electricity by utilities, improving the reliability of supply, lowering the cost of power, easing the challenge of integrating renewable energy into the grid and helping to reduce carbon emissions from generating stations.
Accepting the award, NOJA Power Managing Director Neil O’Sullivan said the company’s international success was a result of providing quality service and tailoring specific products to meet the needs of growing regions. NOJA Power has increased its export sales by 90% in the last year alone.
As a Queensland Exporter of the Year, NOJA Power now progresses to the Australian Export Awards, which it won in 2009. The Prime Minister’s Australian Exporter of the Year will be announced on November 27, 2012, at Parliament House in Canberra.