February 2017

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Queensland horticulture eyeing Asian market expansion

The Queensland Government is partnering with Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) to deliver a $16.5 million investment in the future of the state’s horticulture exports.

horticulture-queensland-mangoThe Queensland Government is partnering with Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) to deliver a $16.5 million investment in the future of the state’s horticulture exports.

Queensland has a hard-earned reputation for superior products with Asian consumers and this investment aims to retain and expand opportunities into lucrative Asian markets.

The four-year project will explore a tightening of export operations along all stages of the supply chain – from the way produce is packed, to how it is stored, to shortening the time from picking to arriving on supermarket shelves.

The project will help growers and producers better understand the condition of their products on arrival and their products’ ability to withstand in-country distribution to the retailer and consumer.

The project will be working across commodities and producers to make sure they are aware of the latest developments along the supply chain, and they have access to implementing this technology from the packing shed to the consumer’s shopping basket.

A number of leading producers, including mango, stonefruit and citrus growers, had already shown their interest in partnering with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) in the project.

A project team consisting of DAF staff with extensive expertise in supply chain research would be based around Queensland to work with industry across commodities.

Horticulture Innovation Australia Chief Executive John Lloyd said the four-year project would ensure Asian markets enjoyed the best Australian produce possible.

“This project will have significance nationally so this is an exciting time for Australia’s horticulture exporters,” Mr Lloyd said.

“It’s no secret Australian produce is popular in Asian markets because of its high-quality and strong aesthetic. We look forward to working with the Queensland Government, and industry, to help propel the nation’s export offering to unprecedented levels.”

One of the foundation partners, mango grower and exporter Manbulloo, has already seen the value of the project through a scoping study to Korea and China this season.

Scott Ledger, Quality and Supply Chain Manager with the company said the knowledge they have gained from monitoring their supply chain has already proved the worth of the project for them.

“It will build on our current knowledge by developing real time monitoring systems that will enable us to deliver a more consistent, high quality product into these exciting markets,” he said.

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Australian eggs crack South Korean market for the first time

The land of the morning calm – Korea – is waking up to Queensland eggs for breakfast after sudden outbreaks of bird flu in late 2016 led to a massive cull of laying hens which has resulted in a shortage of eggs.

Sunny Queen Australian EggsThe land of the morning calm – Korea – is waking up to Queensland eggs for breakfast after sudden outbreaks of bird flu in late 2016 led to a massive cull of laying hens which has resulted in a shortage of eggs.

One of Australia’s biggest egg producers, Sunny Queen, is successfully exporting shell eggs to Korea for the first time to help them meet the shortfall in supply.

The first shipment from the Brisbane-based company received full customs clearance and quarantine approval from the local authorities in early February.

Sunny Queen Export Manager Steven Mai said the business is hopeful that this initial consignment will lead to an ongoing relationship with the egg producer and processor becoming better known to the Korea market.

“This has been fantastic opportunity for us and we are now looking ahead to exporting our high-valued processed egg products into the food service sectors in Korea,” Mr Mai said.

Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) has been assisting Sunny Queen since they began to explore options to export its processed egg products into Korea last year.

This included introducing the company to a number of buyers and food companies, assisting with market intelligence and helping successfully navigate the protocol restraints for market entry.

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Tritium opens US office

A Brisbane-based company that develops and manufactures chargers for electric cars has opened its first overseas office in the United States.

Tritium Fast ChargersA Brisbane-based company that develops and manufactures chargers for electric cars has opened its first overseas office in the United States.

Tritium, the developer and manufacturer of the award-winning range of Veefil fast chargers for electric vehicles, has officially opened the doors of its overseas premises in Torrance, California.

The facility will service both the North and South America regions and will focus on technical customer support, local manufacturing and R&D.

“Since we launched our first Veefil fast charger in 2013, North America has been one of our largest markets,” Tritium’s commercial director Paul Sernia said.

“As our market share has expanded significantly, and in line with our long-term strategy, we are opening regional facilities to maintain our high levels of customer support and engagement.

“The US office is an opportunity for us to build a local network of partners, who we will train to install and service the Veefil range.”

Trade and Investment Queensland’s North America office provided guidance on US market entry to Tritium.

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Myriad attracts startups, entrepreneurs and international talent

Local entrepreneurs will share the stage with international stars at the three-day technology and innovation Advance Queensland Myriad Festival in Brisbane next month.

Myriad Festival Brisbane 2017Local entrepreneurs will share the stage with international stars at the three-day technology and innovation Advance Queensland Myriad Festival in Brisbane next month.

Myriad will give Queensland entrepreneurs the chance to stand alongside international success stories including Gruntify CEO Jamie Leach, MYOB’s Simon Raik-Allen and The Hustle founder Sam Parr.

Myriad Festival is an opportunity for Queensland’s brightest entrepreneurs to present their ideas to national and international tech gurus and potential investors.

Among the home-grown talent to be included in the Myriad speakers’ lineup is Queensland Young Australian of the Year and Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, Taj Pabari.

The 17-year-old from Brisbane founded Fiftysix Creations, a build-it-yourself tablet and coding kit for children and he is keen to share his passion for innovation with others.

“Myriad will showcase what young people are doing here in Queensland and that’s really important. I believe our generation is the future, and it’s important to become engaged in this innovation economy and people can do this through Myriad,” Taj said.

Local entrepreneur Andrew Barnes from online learning and education startup GO1, will also be speaking at Myriad. GO1 has grown from a garage-based business in 2015 to a world-wide organisation with 50 employees today.

Building on the success of the 2016 Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit, Myriad is set to boast an impressive line-up of key entrepreneurial leaders, international investment gurus, guest speakers and presenters, including Melbourne-based Code Like a Girl Co-founder Ally Watson.

“I know what it’s like to be a woman in a startup and I hope to inspire other girls to give it a try themselves,” Ally said.

“The shortage of skilled technologists is just going to get worse and we need to address that. Women are an untapped resource and it’s proven that increasing the number of women in business can lead to an increase in financial success and employee performance.”

Other speakers include Colin Kinner (Startup Onramp), Jay Morgan (J. Walter Thompson Group), Kim Allom (Defiant Dev), Nirary Dacho (Refugee Talent), Jan Owen AO (Foundation for Young Australians) and Nicolle Hazell (Blue Chilli).

Trade and Investment Queensland’s trade commissioners from around the globe will also be attending the event.

Myriad will be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 29–31 March 2017. More information is available on the Advance Queensland website.

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Alibaba targets Australia for e-commerce exports

Alibaba Group, the world’s largest online and mobile e-commerce company, has opened an Australian and New Zealand office.

Alibaba Group e-commerceAlibaba Group, the world’s largest online and mobile e-commerce company, has opened an Australian and New Zealand office.

China’s multi-billion-dollar e-commerce platform was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Hangzhou, China, and now has an official Australian presence in Melbourne.

Group Manager for International Operations at Trade and Investment Queensland, Romila Prasad, attended the official launch.

“We are seeing increasing demand in China for high quality products and Alibaba is developing a reputation as an e-commerce platform for Queensland exporters,” said Ms Prasad.

“Alibaba Founder Jack Ma spoke at the launch and talked about the importance of investing in technology, young people and small businesses.”

This is consistent with Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland policy.

Alibaba Group provides a range of services on various platforms and its affiliated companies including B2B (business to business) and B2C (business to consumer) e-commerce, data and cloud computing.

The company also operates a travel and tourism service platform, payment services and a logistics data platform, which means faster and easier access for producers, exporters and logistics providers to do business with China.

Examples of Queensland businesses using the Alibaba platform to export their products into China include the Gold Coast-based Banaban Virgin Coconut Oil and Toowoomba-based Stahmann Farms.

Managing Director Alibaba Group Australia and New Zealand Maggie Zhou said the opening of the office in Melbourne will mean more opportunities for Australian and New Zealand exporters.

“We are looking forward to working with the Australian and New Zealand retailers on using the Alibaba e-commerce ecosystem and helping Australian businesses access new markets in China and beyond,” Ms Zhou said.

Ms Zhou also visited Brisbane this week for workshops with the tourism industry supported by Australia China Business Council. These were the only workshops of their kind held in Australia.

An IBIS World report published in April 2016 found the Chinese e-commerce market is the world’s largest with an estimated 688 million internet users spending more than $779 billion each year. It is expected to grow at an annual rate of more than 22 per cent to 2021.

Gross annual sales for the Alibaba Group were US$462 billion in 2015.

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$6m boost for international education innovators

A $6 million fund has been launched to support industry initiatives aimed at growing Queensland’s vibrant international education and training (IET) sector.

A $6 million fund has been launched to support industry initiatives aimed at growing Queensland’s vibrant international education and training (IET) sector.

The International Education and Training Partnership Fund is a key part of the five-year, $25.3 million strategy to boost Queensland’s IET sector to the next level.

IET contributes $2.8 billion annually in export revenue to the state’s economy and employs 19,000 Queenslanders.

The government is aiming to grow the industry through a number of initiatives so that it is worth an estimated $7.5 billion and delivering an additional 6,000 jobs by 2026.

The fund will support innovators from schools, universities and training institutions across Queensland.

Successful projects could include smart ideas to showcase Queensland to the world, educating international students before they arrive, building regional international education support networks and increasing community engagement with international students.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said Gold Coast schools were embracing international students.

“We are committed to growing international education here on the Gold Coast, not just though our schools but also at Griffith Gold Coast and at Bond University,” Cr Tate said.

“We are excited to work with the government to grow our industry and deliver jobs on the Gold Coast.”

The inaugural IET summit will be held on the Gold Coast on 28 March which will bring together industry, partners and government to discuss how best to grow IET in Queensland.

The Partnership Fund has been designed to uncover grassroots ideas from providers, local governments, community organisations and students. Projects may range from $5,000 to $150,000 and will require matching funding from applicants.

To view the International Education and Training Partnership Fund guidelines and lodge an Expression of Interest, before 27 February, visit the website at www.tiq.qld.gov.au/iet-strategy.

Registration details for the inaugural International Education and Training Summit can be found here.

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Queensland exporters celebrate a bumper year

Queensland exporters are celebrating after the value of exports from the state grew by 7.9 per cent, from $48.9 billion to $52.7 billion in 2016, compared to the previous year.

Queensland ExportQueensland exporters are celebrating after the value of exports from the state grew by 7.9 per cent, from $48.9 billion to $52.7 billion in 2016, compared to the previous year.

There have been some big increases in trade with both our north and south Asian trade partners, particularly in areas where Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) has trade offices including China, which is up 12.5 per cent; India, up 17.8 per cent; Korea, up 17.3 per cent and Taiwan, up 18.2 per cent,” Ms Trad said.

TIQ has also recently opened a trade office in Singapore which is servicing the ASEAN region.

In Singapore exports were up by 18.8 per cent, Malaysia grew by 56.4 per cent and exports to Vietnam grew by 45.6 per cent.

Queensland fruit and vegetables exports performed strongly – rising by nearly 34 per cent in 2016, to $1.2 billion.

Citrus Grower Michael McMahon of Abbotsleigh Citrus near Bundaberg said that last year had been a standout year for the Queensland citrus industry.

“We have had good demand and good prices,” Mr McMahon said.

“There have been a combination of factors that have assisted in boosting exports including the lower Australian dollar, which has had a big impact, and the Free Trade Agreements have certainly helped.

“We saw an immediate increase in sales to China once the CHAFTA came into effect.

“The industry is confident about the future of the export market, and certainly we expect exporting to be where the growth is for our industry.”

Mr McMahon acknowledged the work of TIQ and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries officers whose officers worked closely with the region’s citrus growers to find new opportunities after the 2013 floods.

Another successful Queensland exporter, Opmantek, develops highly scalable software used in IT operations to audit and manage IT infrastructure.

Opmantek CEO Danny Maher said it has been a phenomenal year for the company.

“We tripled our revenue and we opened new markets in several Asian countries, in Scandinavia and South Africa,” Mr Maher said.

“Last year was our best year ever by a long way and 2017 is looking equally as exciting. It has never been better a time for us.

“We have been working with the government and the Advance Queensland programs, which we regard very highly and we have seen the great changes they are making.

“We are also using our success to help other companies on the Gold Coast and in Queensland. We have some fantastic linkages for businesses to leverage from.”

SmartCap Technologies was the winner of the Premier of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year Award and maker of the world’s leading wearable fatigue monitoring product.

Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Darryn Fisher, said SmartCap’s global presence had expanded significantly in 2016 due to significant sales growth in North and South America.

“We expect our growth to continue in 2017 with the recent launch of our latest version Life by SmartCap, which has a wide audience that includes on-road trucking, construction, public transport and airlines.

“We are proud to be a Queensland-based business having expanded our international presence in India this year working with TIQ.”

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Industry looks to boost veggie exports by 40 per cent

Australia’s vegetable industry is looking ahead to increased demand from overseas markets following the release of an industry strategy that aims to increase the value of vegetable exports to $315 million, or 40 per cent, by 2020.

vegetable exports queenslandAustralia’s vegetable industry is looking ahead to increased demand from overseas markets following the release of an industry strategy that aims to increase the value of vegetable exports to $315 million, or 40 per cent, by 2020.

The Vegetable Industry Export Strategy 2020, which is being delivered by Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) and developed in conjunction with AUSVEG, outlines a range of methods to help growers and the wider industry export Australian vegetables to overseas markets.

HIA Chief Executive John Lloyd said that the Australian vegetable industry has a huge appetite for export growth and there is a lot of untapped potential there.

“HIA is working with growers and AUSVEG to do everything it can to drive this growth and develop a financially sustainable vegetable export sector,” Mr Lloyd said.

Vegetables currently make up around five per cent of national export production for horticulture and through relationship building, working with industry to get it export ready, boosting supply chain efficiencies and overseas activities, that figure could significantly rise.

“With all the necessary mechanisms in place, the Australian vegetable industry could increase its exports by 40 per cent within four years, and close to double exports within the next decade,” he said.

AUSVEG National Manager Export Development Michael Coote said data from the Global Trade Atlas and the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed Australia exported around 210,000 tonnes of vegetables valued at $227 million this past financial year.

In comparison, the strategy outlines an industry target of 310,000 tonnes of vegetable exports by 2020.

“The Australian vegetable industry has invested significantly in export development to help growers successfully export fresh Australian vegetables. The development of these markets is critical to the long-term viability of the industry,” Mr Coote said.

“The strategy will ensure vegetable exports are treated as a long-term channel to market by delivering industry-specific export training programs for growers, increasing the range of opportunities for growers to connect directly with overseas buyers and exploring product development and collaboration opportunities to determine the best products or business models for export success.”

Queensland vegetable growers exported $31.5 million or 14 per cent of the Australian total.

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Innovative solar project launched in Redlands

Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are celebrating the launch of their joint concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) pilot project on 25 January, which will trial and develop renewable technologies to make solar energy systems more efficient and sustainable.

SEI & QUT launching their joint solar projectSumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are celebrating the launch of their joint concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) pilot project on 25 January, which will trial and develop renewable technologies to make solar energy systems more efficient and sustainable.

The Redlands-based project is another successful industry-university collaboration as a result of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s mission to Japan late in 2016.

SEI Managing Director Junji Itoh lead a delegation of over a dozen SEI executives and engineers to Brisbane from Osaka for the launch of the project, which will assess energy solutions for off-grid communities.

Upon successful completion, this pilot project is expected to expand into a larger-scale project in regional Queensland and contribute to renewable energy outcomes for regional communities.

It would be the first step towards achieving a total energy solution for off-grid communities using battery storage and energy management systems.

The project was facilitated by Trade and Investment Queensland’s Japan and Brisbane offices and involved assisting SEI in finding potential Queensland partners.

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Gold Coast business sends its innovative water recycling system to Middle East

A Gold Coast company has installed a pilot program of 10 commercial greywater treatment systems in the massive Dubai South urban development project.

GWS water recycling, Dubai SouthA Gold Coast company has installed a pilot program of 10 commercial greywater treatment systems in the massive Dubai South urban development project.

Greywater Solutions (GWS) has successfully shipped and set up its water treatment systems, which will produce around 50,000 litres of recycled water a day for the Dubai South workers’ camp.

In September last year, GWS joined Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad on a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Duserve, the facilities management arm of the Dubai Government.

If the trial goes to plan GWS expects to roll out its system throughout Dubai South in partnership with Duserve.

Trade and Investment Queensland’s Middle East office introduced GWS to the executives of Dubai South and Duserve.

GWS Director David Kinlyside said that the company sent a container of Australian components from the Gold Coast facility to Jebal Ali Port in United Arab Emirates in November last year.

“We then began the huge task of installing the 10 systems with the assistance of Duserve Facility Management employees,” he said.

“The installation took us five weeks to complete in a climate that will be a huge test for our BioCell system but we are confident that the system will handle the harsh conditions.”

Duserve CEO Sam Taleb cut the ribbon to officially open the pilot program in early January.

Dubai South is an emerging city, built around Al Maktoum International Airport which is touted to become the world’s largest airport when complete, is also home to the World Expo 2020 Dubai. It is expected to sustain a population of one million.

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