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Exporter of the Year 2018 – Winners


Exporter of the Year 2018 – Winners

Exporter of the Year 2018 – Winners
Photo credit: Domenic Gorin | Infinity Studios

The annual Exporter of the Year Competition celebrates the vital role exporters play in the economy of the Western Cape. The competition is designed to honour and promote large and small businesses that have proved their excellence in tough international markets and to inspire other ambitious companies to export their goods and services.

Exporter of the Year 2018

Research Unit, a firm which manufactures designer handbags, and All Women Recycling, which makes gifts and gadgets from used plastic, were the big winners at last night’s ECIC/Exporter of the Year competition Awards dinner.

The competition, which is in its 28th year, is organised by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored by the Export Credit Insurance Corporation.

For the first time in the history of the competition, one firm, Research Unit, won four awards while All Women Recycling won three.

Research Unit was the overall winner of the ECIC/Cape Chamber award as well as winners of the Transnet Port Terminals award for Manufacturing, the Small Exporter category and the Innovation award. All Women Recycling won the Finex SA award for the best non-engineering exporter, the Cape Chamber award for Design, and the Nedbank award for Transformation.

Folio Online, a translation service, won the Gerald Wolman award for excellence in doing business in Africa.

The overall winners were announced at a Gala Dinner at the Westin Hotel, Cape Town on the 18th of October 2018. Certificates were also presented to three outstanding business women from the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Awardees: Dr Birgit Andrag of By den Weg, Jill Byssche of Neo Trading, and Mentee-Denise Stubbs of Thokozani Winelands Hospitality.

The finalists for the 2018 Exporter of the Year were, in alphabetical order:

The 11 finalists competed in seven categories. An overall winner is presented for the best engineering or manufacturing company, the best non-engineering or non-manufacturing company, and the best small exporter; and trophies for Excellence in doing business in Africa, Design, Innovation, and Transformation.

Trudi Hartzenberg, tralac Executive Director, served as a judge in this year’s competition. tralac was a finalist in the 2014 Exporter of the Year competition.


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