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The 2013 Club Marine Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Industry Awards, organized by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia have again been a huge success.
Announced on May 21 at the Industry Gala Dinner in Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, the awards began in 2009 and have fast grown in reputation and prestige across the 5 years. There are 8 categories for application, each representing different criteria, which members of the Australian superyacht and marine export and superyacht industry may compete for. 2013 saw 24 prominent Australian companies submit admirable applications in the fight for a trophy.
VEEM Limited won the prestigious ‘Exporter of the Year’ award, ‘Best Marine Industry Marketing Strategy’ award and the ‘Most Innovative Marine Industry Exported Product or Service’ award. Other winners included M-Tech (Marine Technologies), Aurora Global Logistics, Riviera Australia and Muir Winches. John Muir was awarded the Marine Export & Superyacht Industry Champion and inducted into the Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Industry Hall of Fame.
Based in Western Australia, VEEM Limited has been the outstanding award recipient of the evening recognized for the success of their innovative products. VEEM Limited has maintained their strong and strategic export performance plan as well as expanding their product range. They have adapted to the current market by investing in technological development maintaining a successful delivery of competitive products to the market.
VEEM won the ‘Most Innovative Marine Industry Exported Product’ award with the release of their new innovation the VEEM Gyro. The VEEM Gyro range features four models. The range has been developed specifically for the superyacht market. With a vacuum enclosed flywheel, market leading electronic control technology and advanced materials engineering, the VEEM Gyro range is the first modern gyro solution offered to the superyacht industry.
John Muir was awarded a combined Marine Export & Superyacht Industry Champion Award. John is internationally renowned and respected within the Australian superyacht industry, having made a significant impact and contribution. John Muir is the director of the prestigious Muir Winches. John has been working with Europe’s most reputable and prestigious superyacht yards for many years and through this experience has developed an impressive export strategy which sees exports accounting for 65-70% of the Muir Winches business in 2013.
M-Tech (Marine Technologies), Queensland manufacturers of a full range of marina service pedestals, were awarded Winners of the ‘Best Marine Industry Export Performance – small business category’. M-Tech specialize in the manufacture of innovative marine and leisure utility equipment and accessories, not only supplied within Australia, but exported all over the world.
The ‘Best Marine Industry Export Performance – medium business category’ and ‘2013 Superyacht Industry Business of the Year – Service Provider’ were awarded to Aurora Global Logistics. Aurora Global Logistics are the leading specialists in international yacht logistics transport. Aurora is the exclusive Australian agent for Peters & May, the world’s largest international yacht logistics company and Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT). Aurora provides a full marina to marina service.
The ‘Best Marine Industry Export Performance – large business category’ award was awarded to Riviera Australia. The iconic Australian boat builder has built more than 5000 new boats in its 33 year history and currently exports 14 different models across three ranges; Flybridge, Sport Yacht and the new SUV series. The company’s dealer network has continued to expand with new dealers being drawn to the Riviera brand because of the company’s resilience over the past five years and the continued international sales success that Riviera has enjoyed.
Superior was recognized with a High Commendation for the category ‘Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy’. Superior manufactures a variety of marine berthing systems, industrial flotation and accessories for commercial, domestic, private and government clients. Superior’s motto is based upon work – play – life. The Superior brand consistently value trust, personal service, speed and reinforcement of a key message that they ‘know water’. This strategy has enabled Superior to focus on strategies for new industries for new products, in addition to their traditional recreational marine lines.
Muir Winches took out the prestigious ‘Superyacht Industry Business of the Year – Manufacturer’ in 2013. Muir’s complete range of anchor windlasses, anchoring systems and deck equipment is exported to more than 40 countries across the globe. Muir has a strong reputable brand globally within the superyacht industry.
Sponsors of the 2013 Awards scheme include Major Sponsors; Club Marine and supporting sponsors; Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
2013 Club Marine Australian Marine Export & Superyacht Industry Awards
2013 Australian Marine Industry Exporter of the Year
Winner – VEEM Limited
Most Innovative Marine Industry Exported Product
Winner – VEEM Limited
Marine Export & Superyacht Industry Champion
Winner – John Muir
Best Marine Industry Export Performance (Small Exporter)
Winner – M-Tech (Marine Technologies)
Best Marine Industry Export Performance (Medium Exporter)
Winner – Aurora Global Logistics
Best Marine Industry Export Performance (Large Exporter)
Winner – Riviera Australia
Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy
Winner: VEEM Limited
Highly Commended: Superior
2013 Superyacht Industry Business of the Year (Service Provider)
Winner – Aurora Global Logistics
2013 Superyacht Industry Business of the Year (Manufacturer)
Winner – Muir Winches
Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Industry Hall of Fame
Inductee: John Muir