October 2018

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Morlife wins Hong Kong export award

Gold Coast functional food company Morlife was recognised for its Hong Kong export achievements in this year’s Hong Kong Australia Business Association (HKABA) Queensland business awards.

Cheryl Stewart

Cheryl Stewart of Morlife accepts the award.

Gold Coast functional food company Morlife was recognised for its Hong Kong export achievements at a business awards ceremony held in Brisbane recently.

Morlife, which manufactures health-boosting teas, cereals, snacks and supplements, won the Award for the Export of Goods and Services at the 2018 Hong Kong Australia Business Association (HKABA) Queensland awards dinner on 5 October.

The awards recognise companies who excel in international trade between Australia and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and China.

Accepting the export award, Morlife owner Cheryl Stewart said the company was proud to have its export efforts recognised, and grateful for the support received from TIQ to enter the Asian market.

‘This is the first export award we’ve won and, as a Gold Coast company, it’s great to be acknowledged for our achievements in an overseas market,’ she said.

‘Morlife is now exporting regular 20-foot containers to Hong Kong with another leaving in a week’s time.’

‘We are exporting superfoods’ formulation blends to Hong Kong that are packed with good natural nutrition and feature ingredients that have antioxidant and alkalising functions.

‘TIQ has provided really useful advice, and also organised trade missions to Asia where we were able to pitch our products face-to-face to potential buyers, and then turn those meetings into practical outcomes.’

Morlife joined TIQ’s trade missions to the HOFEX food show in Hong Kong in 2017 and to Food and Hotel Asia in Singapore in 2018, and will soon participate in a food mission to China.

The company now exports to 15 countries, with a strong presence in supermarkets and pharmacies throughout Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

As a result of its Queensland award win, Morlife has been invited to compete in the HKABA national awards in Sydney on 2 November.

The HKABA Queensland Chapter awards are jointly supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Invest Hong Kong, TIQ, and the Queensland Government.

Organising international showcase events and providing other support to Queensland exporters are both key commitments of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Taiwan-Queensland partnerships on the agenda

Taiwanese organisations are keen to partner with Queensland’s best enterprises in order to achieve a global impact. That was the key message at the recent Australia-Taiwan Business Council conference in Taipei.

Taiwanese organisations are keen to partner with Queensland’s best enterprises in order to achieve a global impact.

That was the key message at the recent Australia-Taiwan Business Council conference in Taipei.

More than 190 leaders from the Australia-Taiwan business community attended the conference, including representatives from Queensland’s New Hope and Whitehaven coal companies, The University of Queensland, and the International Water Centre at Griffith University.

Talks focused on business opportunities arising from the Taiwan Government’s New Southbound Policy, which aims to enhance cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and 18 countries in South East Asia, South Asia and Australasia.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Taiwan Patrick Hafenstein said Queensland already enjoyed the strongest trade relationship with Taiwan of any Australian state and territory.

‘Queensland initiatives were very much highlighted at the conference,’ he said.

‘For example, delegates referred to the lychee research initiative being undertaken by the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Alzheimer’s trials between QUT and Taiwanese Golden Technology, and the recent baseball cross-promotion of the Brisbane Bandits and the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan.

‘Taiwanese investors also have major interests in Queensland, including the Shayher Group, which has invested $1 billion in the Brisbane Quarter development.

‘And Taiwanese banks now have combined resident assets of $6.1 billion in Australia, with 5 different banks represented in Brisbane.’

Mr Hafenstein said Queensland business should think not just about exporting to Taiwan but also about partnering with Taiwanese organisations to achieve greater global impact.

‘I think we’re now ready to move into the next phase of our relationship with Taiwan,’ he said.

‘Queensland companies should be looking to partner with Taiwanese companies to co-produce cutting-edge products to export to global markets.

‘For example, combining Taiwan’s expertise in hardware and software with Australia’s expertise in the mining, agricultural and health sectors to achieve breakthroughs in areas such as agtech, biotech, greentech, edtech, foodtech and so on.’

The joint Australia-Taiwan Business Council/ROC-Australia Business Council conference ran from 30 to 31 August in Taipei.

TIQ’s Taiwan office can provide advice and support to Queensland businesses wanting to enter the Taiwanese market, and to Taiwanese investors seeking investment-ready Queensland projects.

Taiwan is Queensland’s fourth-largest export market, and is identified as one of the state’s priority markets in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Coca-Cola Amatil opens $165m Richlands expansion

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has opened a $165 million expansion of its bottling and warehouse facility at Richlands, making the Brisbane facility the company’s largest Australian manufacturing plant.

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has opened a $165 million expansion of its bottling and warehouse facility at Richlands, making the Brisbane facility the company’s largest Australian manufacturing plant.

CCA’s Richlands plant is now capable of producing more than 90 million unit cases of drinks each year, and will be the exclusive Australian bottling and distribution centre for Coke’s signature ‘contour’ glass bottles.

The expanded facility also includes a state-of-the-art 30,000m2 distribution centre, which will supply beverages to both domestic and export customers.

CCA announced the decision to upgrade its Richlands plant in February last year, on the same day it revealed that it would close its 57-year-old plant at Thebarton in South Australia.

CCA Group Managing Director Alison Watkins said the company had chosen to consolidate operations at the Richlands site after a strategic review of its Australian facilities.

‘This site is the product of a nationwide search for the best possible location to grow our business,’ Ms Watkins said.

‘Of all the sites we looked at, Richlands offered the strongest combination of road and port access, efficiency in production, access to east-coast markets and room to grow.

‘We also had great engagement with the Queensland Government, which was keen to support manufacturing investment and jobs.’

Speaking at the official opening of the Richlands facility on 2 October, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland offered manufacturers clear advantages over other Australian locations.

‘Queensland has gained an international reputation as a great place to do business, which is why Coca-Cola Amatil has developed this $165 million vote of confidence in Queensland,’ she said.

‘Queensland has low operating costs, a skilled and adaptable workforce, the lowest payroll tax in the nation, generous research and development incentives, excellent transport infrastructure close to Asia and other export links, and a dynamic and stable economy which is expected to reach 3% growth this financial year.

‘Coca-Cola Amatil is a major employer in Brisbane, with 600 operational jobs here at the Richlands site and 150 jobs created during construction of the new facility.’

The new plant will produce an extensive range of sparkling and still beverages, juices, teas, alcohol and other drinks, including all of Australia’s Barista Brothers dairy drinks, and will continue to export Barista Brothers and Powerade to New Zealand.

Advanced manufacturing is identified as one of Queensland’s emerging export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022, which also includes a commitment to attracting international investment to Queensland.

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TIQ delivers 248 export deals in 2017–18

TIQ delivered 248 export deals and helped to attract 18 international investments in Queensland projects last financial year, as well as expanding its network of overseas and regional offices.

TIQ delivered 248 export deals and helped to attract 18 international investments last financial year, as well as expanding Queensland’s trade presence overseas.

These and many other achievements from the past 12 months are showcased in the 2017–18 TIQ annual report, which was tabled in parliament late last month.

Other highlights of the year included:

  • hosting 14 international inbound delegations to regional Queensland
  • arranging 11 Minister-led overseas missions
  • helping to deliver Trade 2018, the trade and investment business program held in conjunction with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which attracted more than 2,500 attendances and 38 international delegations
  • nominating 600 international business migrantsand 1,350 skilled-visa migrants under TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration program.

TIQ also continued to strengthen Queensland’s international presence by building staff numbers and expanding the scope of its Singapore office to take advantage of growth opportunities in ASEAN markets.

At home, a new North Queensland office was established in Townsville, and a principal trade and investment officer appointed to service the Ipswich region.

The annual report also documents TIQ’s significant progress in implementing 2 major strategies: the Advancing Trade and Investment — Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 and the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

The Trade and Investment Queensland annual report 2017–2018 is available online, both in web page format and as a PDF [22.4MB].

If you would like a print copy of the annual report, please email kate.gosnell@tiq.qld.gov.au.

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Tritium wins Queensland Exporter of the Year

A Brisbane technology company changing the face of the global electric vehicle (EV) industry has been named as Queensland’s Exporter of the Year for 2018.

A Brisbane technology company changing the face of the global electric vehicle (EV) industry has been named as Queensland’s Exporter of the Year for 2018.

Tritium, whose super-fast EV chargers are being used around the world, received the top honour at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards dinner held in Brisbane last night.

Started in 2001 by 3 graduates from the University of Queensland, Tritium now supplies its Veefil fast-charger product to 24 countries and holds significant DC fast-charger share in major markets, including 25% in the USA, 20% in the UK and 50% in Norway.

Speaking after accepting the award, Tritium co-founder and CEO Dr David Finn said the company was both a global success and a proud Queenslander.

‘While the Australian EV market continues to expand, global markets, particularly in parts of Europe and in the US, are far advanced and so 98% of our business is exported,’ Mr Finn said.

‘It has been very satisfying to compete so successfully on the global stage and I thank all our team and our supporters in Australia for making this possible.

‘We now have more than 200 staff and counting and are expanding our Veefil-PK operations in Brisbane, as well as having offices in the US and Europe.

‘We continue to design and manufacture all our chargers in Brisbane and we’re proud to call Queensland home.’

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that Queensland exporters such as Tritium made a major contribution to the state’s economy.

‘Tritium specialises in fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles and has seen its revenue grow from $14 million to $34 million in a single year,’ she said.

‘Queenslanders have always excelled on the sporting field – now we are doing the same thing in the global marketplace, creating businesses that provide long-term, secure jobs and industries for the future.’

Tritium also took out the Manufacturing Award.

Other winners included Gold Coast earthmoving equipment manufacturer Digga Australia, which won the Innovation Award; Sunshine Coast publishing software specialist Typefi, which won the Small Business Award; and Brisbane medical technology firm Cook Medical, which won the Health and Biotechnology Award.

A full list of winners appears below, with more information on each company available on the awards website.

Queensland winners in the 13 national award categories will now go on to compete in the Australian Export Awards, to be held in Canberra on 27 November.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a key aim of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

 

Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2018 – winners

Queensland categories

  • Premier of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year: Tritium (Brisbane)
  • Dermot McManus Award for Innovation: Digga Australia (Gold Coast)
  • Tom Burns Award for Women in International Business: Hoodlum (Brisbane)
  • Richard Joel Award for the Defence Industry: L3 Micreo (Brisbane)

National categories

  • Agribusiness: Mort & Co (Toowoomba)
  • Business Services: AssetOn Group (Brisbane)
  • Creative Industries: Cutting Edge (Brisbane)
  • Digital Technologies: AKIPS (Brisbane)
  • E-Commerce: Grace Loves Lace (Gold Coast)
  • Education and Training: The University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • Emerging Exporter: Tooletries (Brisbane)
  • Environmental Solutions: Phibion (Brisbane)
  • Health and Biotechnology: Cook Medical (Brisbane)
  • Manufacturing: Tritium (Brisbane)
  • Minerals and Energy: Core Resources (Brisbane)
  • Regional Exporter: Opmantek (Gold Coast)
  • Small Business: Typefi (Sunshine Coast)
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$460,000 to boost state’s wine tourism

The Queensland Wine Industry Association (QWIA) has received almost half a million dollars in state and federal funding to help increase the number of international tourists visiting Queensland’s wine regions.

The Queensland Wine Industry Association (QWIA) has received almost half a million dollars in state and federal funding to help increase the number of international tourists visiting Queensland’s wine regions.

QWIA will develop an International Wine Tourism Strategy, supported by $220,000 in funding from the Queensland Government, $220,000 from the Australian Government, and $10,000 of its own funds.

Announcing the Queensland Government funding, Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said that the project would develop and market a series of Queensland cellar-door experiences.

‘This $460,000 funding package will assist the QWIA in its efforts to better promote Queensland’s award-winning and unique wines to our international visitors,’ she said.

‘We know the latest generation of tourists are looking for unique experiences.

‘This grant will help Queensland wineries, the majority of which are small family-owned businesses, to develop authentic cellar-door experiences.’

QWIA President Mike Hayes said the industry association would collaborate with organisations such as Tourism and Events Queensland and the Queensland Hotels Association to cross-promote fine wine, food and tourism destinations and experiences.

‘Our collaboration with Tourism and Events Queensland and the Queensland Hotels Association will raise awareness of Queensland wine and leverage some of the existing activities, such as the successful “Strange Birds” wine trail in the Granite Belt,’ he said.

‘We now have truly come of age and are being taken seriously on both the national and international markets.

‘This funding will help promote our serious wine producers and take us even further into the national and export markets.’

The project is aiming to achieve measurable results before April 2020.

The federal funding was made under the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package, which also offers Wine Export Grants for individual winemakers.

Tourism is identified as the state’s most valuable services export in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

TIQ has supported a number of Queensland winemakers to export their products overseas, including Moffatdale Ridge winery, Ohana Winery and Exotic Fruits, and other South Burnett wineries.

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UK Tech Rocketship Awards now open to Queenslanders

Queensland tech firms wanting to take off in the British market have until 23 November to enter the UK Tech Rocketship Awards and put themselves in the running for an all-expenses paid business networking trip to the UK.

Queensland tech firms wanting to take off in the British market have until 23 November to enter the UK Tech Rocketship Awards and put themselves in the running for a paid networking trip to the UK.

The Tech Rocketship Awards are run by the UK Department for International Trade and are open to Australian and New Zealand firms for the first time this year.

The awards target tech scale-ups with international growth ambitions, and give winners a paid trip to the UK where they are introduced to potential partners, investors and trade networks in order to accelerate their entry into the UK market.

In 2018, Rocketship awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Economy & Digital Security
  • Tech for an Ageing Society
  • The AI & Data Revolution
  • The Future of Mobility
  • Clean Growth
  • Feeding the Nation
  • Connected Consumers & Creativity
  • GREAT Tech for Change Award.

More information on all categories is available on the awards webpage.

Interested companies must apply online by Friday 23 November.

TIQ’s Queensland offices and London advisors can also give advice and support to Queensland tech firms looking to enter the UK market.

Supporting tech start-ups is one of the actions identified in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Gladstone abattoir receives DA approval

A $308 million energy-efficient abattoir proposed for Gladstone has received development approval from the Queensland Coordinator-General.

A $308 million abattoir proposed for Gladstone has received development approval from the Queensland Coordinator-General.

The abattoir, a project of Asia Pacific Agri-Corp, would comprise a beef processing, packing and export facility.

It would also incorporate innovative energy-efficiency features.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said renewables would play a key role in powering the new facility, proposed to be built in the Gladstone State Development Area.

‘Once fully operational this cutting-edge facility will be capable of processing 2,400 head of cattle per day ready to cater for growing demand for Australian beef,’ he said.

‘The development approval also provides for 95 hectares of solar panels, capable of generating 78MW of electricity or almost one-third of the site’s total electricity needs.

‘A further energy-efficiency measure includes the development of an on-site 33MW hydrogen plant to service the abattoir’s boiler.’

The Coordinator-General conducted community consultation on the proposed facility earlier this year, and has placed 29 conditions on the project to reduce any impacts from emissions such as noise, dust and odour.

Some secondary approvals are required for the project to commence, including approval for operational works from Gladstone Regional Council and permits from the Department of Environment and Science for meat-processing and irrigation activities on site.

Asia Pacific Agri-Corp will next undertake detailed design.

Construction is expected to commence around May 2019 subject to the necessary approvals being received, with the facility anticipated to be operational by 2021.

The government estimates that the project would create 305 construction jobs and 335 operational jobs.

Agriculture is identified as one of Queensland’s traditional export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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From Kenya to Queensland – a skilled migration story

Queensland may be a long way from Kenya, but skilled migrant Beverly Wambui Kabuya Muito says there’s a ‘golden strand’ that links her work in a Sunshine Coast pharmacy to her professional life back in Nairobi.

Queensland may be a long way from Kenya, but skilled migrant Beverly Wambui Kabuya Muito says there’s a ‘golden strand’ that links her work in a Sunshine Coast pharmacy to her professional life back in Nairobi.

Beverly emigrated to Queensland in 2015 with the support of TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) team.

She says the move, with daughter Kuni, was prompted by a desire for a better life.

‘It really comes down to pursuing better opportunities for myself and my daughter, and exploring the options available to me as a professional,’ she says.

‘It is said that the world is your oyster, and my parents always told us that education is your foot in the door – it is the key. So I guess I just wanted to put that to the test!’

Beverly was a pharmacist at a large government psychiatric hospital in Nairobi and now works in a retail pharmacy on the Sunshine Coast.

She says that while some things are different here, other important factors are the same.

‘The most notable difference is the resources available – or, actually, the lack of resources in Kenya – for promoting healthy communities, and the difficulties local communities faced in accessing the services and medications they required,’ she says.

‘The golden strand that links both working environments is maximising the resources one has, and doing the best you can to not only provide medication to the community but to empower and educate people to be responsible for their own health, and better understand the health issues facing them, or their loved ones.’

Beverly says her move to Australia has been challenging but rewarding, and encourages others considering skilled migration to persist if they are confident that Queensland is for them.

‘The biggest challenge has been being a solo parent and not having the family support system,’ she says.

‘But, at the same time, the biggest success has been how well we have settled in and feel at home here.

‘We have begun to find our place and voice in the community and we have grown.

‘My advice is not to give up. It is worth it in the end!’

To read more of Beverly and Kuni’s story, see our full interview with Beverly on Medium.

For advice on business and skilled migration to Queensland, contact BSMQ.

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Rural grants to help ag businesses get export-ready

Rural primary producers who would like to start or increase export activities, or attract investment, can apply for up to $250,000 from the Queensland Government’s new Rural Economic Development Grants (REDG).

Rural primary producers who would like to start or increase export activities, or attract investment, can apply for up to $250,000 from the Queensland Government’s new Rural Economic Development Grants (REDG).

The new grants have been introduced to fund economic development projects that contribute to primary production and job creation in Queensland’s rural communities.

A wide range of projects are eligible to apply, including agricultural initiatives that:

  • innovate to increase productivity
  • develop new markets for value-added products
  • work to achieve economies of scale
  • enable businesses to become export- or investment-ready.

Grants of up to $250,000 are available to projects that can contribute at least 50% of the necessary funding, and help generate jobs and significant economic benefit for rural communities.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said a two-stage application process would apply.

‘Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an expression of interest detailing the development idea/plan by 26 October 2018 to be eligible to apply for a grant,’ Mr Furner said.

‘The Queensland Rural Industry Development Authority will review these applications and will then invite successful applicants to submit a formal application against key criteria.’

Applicants must be primary producers based in rural Queensland who employ fewer than 200 full-time staff.

Expressions of interest close on Friday 26 October. Potential applicants should read the grant guidelines before submitting an expression of interest.

The Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 commits the Queensland Government to boosting export- and investment-readiness among small to medium-sized businesses, especially those in the state’s regional areas.

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