A Forde business is a finalist in the 55th Australian Export Awards, recognizing success in putting Australian innovation and expertise on a global stage.
Noonan Race Engineering is in the running to win the Manufacturing Award, to be announced at the ceremony in Canberra on December 5.
One of the finalists will be named the Australian Exporter of the Year.
Mr van Manen said the awards celebrated the international success of local companies, recognizing their export achievements and contribution to Australia’s economic prosperity.
“I am delighted that Noonan Race Engineering is one of 77 finalists in the running for an award,” he said.
“The company provides top quality engine components for professional motosports teams and is certainly deserving of this recognition.
“More than a third of this year’s finalists are classified as small businesses, with 20 or fewer staff, and for 59 per cent of finalists, exports comprised more than half their revenue.
“Together, they generated more than $3.9 billion in export sales in 2016–17 and employed more than 31,000 people.
“Businesses like these represent the very best Australia has to offer – from small, family-owned businesses to listed corporations, they are making a tangible contribution to the nation.”
Mr van Manen said the Turnbull Coalition Government recognized creating new and significant export opportunities for Australian businesses meant more exports and jobs.
“The Turnbull Government is pursuing the most ambitious trade agenda in Australia’s history to open up more business opportunities for businesses like Noonan Race Engineering,” he said.
The Australian Export Awards are co-presented by Austrade and Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
For more information and a full list of finalists visit www.exportawards.gov.au