Software and service stars stand out in NZ International Business Awards

Software and service stars stand out in NZ International Business Awards

They are 'ambitious, internationally focused businesses', says NZTE CEO Peter Chrisp.

Innovative software providers and companies with other unique service offerings are among the 27 finalists in the 2012 New Zealand International Business Awards. The awards, which are run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and ANZ, recognise the myriad of ways companies now do business globally. The winners of seven categories will be announced on Wednesday March 21.

Finalists include:

Global fitness brand Les Mills International which has established its patented group exercise classes in more than 10 percent of the world’s gyms, fitness centres and health clubs.

Cinema software supplier Vista Entertainment Solutions whose products are used in some of the world’s most competitive cinema environments.

BCS, which sells logistics hardware, automation controls and software solutions mainly in the aviation sector, has become the biggest player in airport baggage handling systems in Australia.

Christchurch Engine Centre which has grown its share of the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul business.

Orion Health which is now an internationally recognised health information technology (IT) vendor and New Zealand’s largest privately owned software exporter.

Assessment and examination company Aspeq, which has built its reputation in the high-stakes aviation sector, and is now branching out to deliver testing solutions for a range of industries.

Everedge IP which assembled a team of experts to commercialise a collapsible food container and is now helping other companies get their innovations to market.

“These are ambitious, internationally focused businesses that New Zealanders should be proud of,” says NZTE chief executive Peter Chrisp of the 27 finalists.

The finalists in each category are:

General category finalists:

Best Business Operating Internationally – under $10m

Aspeq (Wellington)

BioVittoria (Hamilton)

Energy Mad (Christchurch)

Escea (Dunedin)

Fastmount (Auckland)

Best Business Operating Internationally – $10 million- $50million

Altitude Aerospace Interiors (Auckland)

Canary Enterprises (Hamilton)

EasiYo Products (Auckland)

Les Mills International (Auckland)

Trilogy (Wellington)

Triodent (Katikati)

Vista Entertainment Solutions (Auckland)

Best business operating internationally – over $50 million

BCS (Auckland)

Buckley Systems Ltd (Auckland)

Christchurch Engine Centre (Christchurch)

Downer NZ (Tauranga)

Orion Health (Auckland)

Rakon (Auckland)

Skope (Christchurch)

Tait Radio Communications (Christchurch)

Westland Milk Products (Hokitika)

Special category finalists (Supported by the Ministry of Research, Science and Development)

Best use of research and development in international business

Downer NZ (Auckland)

Energy Mad (Christchurch)

Seperex (Dunedin)

Technopak (Auckland)

Westland Milk Products (Hokitika)

Best commercialisation of intellectual property in international business

Burger Fuel (Auckland)

Everedge IP (Auckland)

Westland Milk Products (Hokitika)

Best use of design in international business

Aspeq (Wellington)

Canary Enterprises (Hamilton)

Energy Mad (Christchurch)

Sistema Plastics (Auckland)

Triodent (Katikati)

Most innovative business model in international business

Burger Fuel (Auckland)

Energy Mad (Christchurch)

GMP Pharmaceuticals (Auckland)

In another development, Kiwi biotech company Argenta is the winner of the 2011 Cisco New Zealand Communications Makeover Competition.

The company will receive $100,000 worth of technology and installed services sponsored by Cisco and Orcon.

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