November 2019

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India and Queensland tackle mine challenges together

Queensland companies ranging from training providers to geotechnical experts joined a trade mission to India in November to promote Queensland’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) expertise.

Queensland companies ranging from training providers to geotechnical experts joined a trade mission to India in November to promote Queensland’s mining equipment, technology and services (METS) expertise.

The mission was led by TIQ in conjunction with Simtars, the Queensland Government’s Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station.

The mission travelled first to Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana, where they attended the ‘Challenges 2020 and Beyond’ mini-summit, along with more than 40 decision-makers from Indian governments and mining companies.

The summit discussed challenges facing mining companies in India and Queensland, and ways to overcome them.

The seminar was followed by high-level talks with leaders at India’s National Mineral Development Corporation and Singareni Collieries Company Limited.

The delegation then attended the International Mining Equipment, Minerals and Metals Exhibition (IME) in Kolkata, where more than 400 exhibitors from more than 25 countries showcased their expertise in mining machinery, technology, processing and research.

Queensland was represented by 12 companies, which made up 75% of Australia’s presence at the event.

The exhibition gave delegates the opportunity to meet with major mining companies and supply-chain providers at the Queensland Government booth hosted by TIQ and Simtars, and discuss collaboration opportunities directly with Indian companies showcasing at the event.

The booth showcased Queensland’s world-leading METS capabilities, including virtual-reality training initiatives.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for India Gitesh Agarwal said Queensland’s experienced METS providers had much to contribute to India’s mining sector.

‘The mission demonstrated Queensland’s commitment to making a difference to India’s changing mining sector,’ Mr Agarwal said.

‘India needs Queensland’s expertise in areas such as exploration and processing, mine planning, geotechnical, safety, underground mining, education and training, and environmental management.

‘It was an excellent learning experience for everyone involved, and we’re expecting 3–4 outcomes for the various companies at the event.’

Post-mission visits included the Indian Institute of Coal Management in Ranchi and the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Delhi to discuss upcoming training programs in Australia.

Simtars staff also took the opportunity to meet with the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, where they discussed a spontaneous combustion laboratory and 360-degree virtual-reality training environment being installed there.

TIQ has been hosting India-related inbound visits for the past 18 months, and is actively working on other METS trade opportunities for Queensland businesses in India, including opportunities for fuel-saving power units, geotechnical monitoring, dust suppression, conveyor technologies and more.

In November 2018, the Queensland Government released the Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2018–2023, which aims to deliver a $1.5 billion trade boost to the state’s economy and make it easier for Queenslanders to do business in India.

The Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy is the first country-specific trade and investment strategy developed as part of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Companies participating in the mission

 

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Award-winning Circa an international star

One of Queensland’s most unusual exports is also one of its most successful, with Brisbane’s Circa Contemporary Circus taking its talents to 40 countries – more than any other Australian arts company.

One of Queensland’s most unusual exports is also one of its most successful, with Brisbane’s Circa Contemporary Circus taking its talents to 40 countries – more than any other Australian arts company.

Circa travelled over 3.7 million kilometres around the world last year to perform to more than 150,000 people, and was named Queensland’s top Creative Industries exporter at the recent Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.

Circa Executive Director Shaun Comerford said 2018 was a milestone year for the company, which first toured overseas in 2006 and has now performed everywhere from London’s famed Barbican Centre to New York’s Lincoln Centre and theatres across Europe, Asia and the USA.

‘In December 2018 we became the first Australian arts company to tour to a fortieth country – Slovenia,’ Mr Comerford said.

‘We tour more than any other Australian arts company and we’re helping to put Brisbane on the map internationally for its circus culture.

‘Most people wouldn’t know this but, in the international performing arts community, Brisbane is considered the Number 2 circus city in the world after Montreal.

‘We’re proud to be part of that, along with other great Queensland circus troupes like Company 2 and Casus.’

Mr Comerford said receiving the export award was a welcome acknowledgement for the entire Circa team.

‘It’s great. It’s a really wonderful acknowledgement of a lot of hard work right across the company,’ he said.

‘Being commended for what we’ve done globally is really exciting, and it’s appreciated across the board, from our admin and production staff to our acrobats.

‘We were part of an incredibly strong field and just to be a finalist was a real honour.’

Mr Comerford said Circa’s ensemble of 20 would continue to perform in festivals, venues and theatres around the world in coming months.

‘We employ more performers than any other physical theatre company in Australia, and we have 3 or 4 companies on the road at any one time,’ he said.

‘In the next 18 months, there won’t be a week where there isn’t a Circa performance somewhere in the world.’

Circa was one of 16 winners announced at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards Gala on 10 October in Brisbane. The export awards are coordinated by TIQ.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

See the full gallery of photographs from the Awards Gala.

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Circular Economy Roundtable: turning trash into cash

As the world struggles with diminishing resources and environmental challenges, governments and companies are starting to embrace the concept of the circular economy – using the by-products from one process as inputs into another.

As the world struggles with diminishing resources and environmental challenges, governments and companies are starting to embrace the concept of the circular economy – using the by-products from one process as inputs into another.

And the movement is rapidly gaining traction, as recent initiatives in Taiwan and Queensland demonstrate.

In October, Taiwan played host to the Asia Pacific Circular Economy Roundtable, which brought together representatives from more than 500 enterprises to discuss circular-economy trends and strategies.

TIQ was an exhibitor at the event, which attracted participants from across Asia and from the UK and Europe.

As part of the roundtable, participants visited Taiwanese companies that have already successfully embraced the circular economy. These included:

  • Solar Applied Materials Technology Corporation, which refines precious metals from discarded integrated circuits into industrial-grade high-purity (99.999%) gold
  • Taisugar Co. DongHaiFeng Livestock Farm, which mixes solid and liquid pig waste with agricultural refuse from nearby farms to generate biogas
  • China Steel Corporation, which transports the high-temperature steam generated by its steelworks to provide heat energy for other plants.

In Queensland, the state government is also getting behind the circular economy with its Biofutures and Circular Economy Lab initiatives, which TIQ promoted at the roundtable event.

These initiatives will help Queensland accelerate its circular-economy initiatives, and secure its share of the global bioproducts and services market (which involves reusing and reprocessing materials to create new products).

TIQ had previously arranged for prominent Queensland representatives in both fields to visit research institutions, associations and companies in Taiwan.

TIQ Taiwan Business Development Manager Chris Lin, who attended the roundtable, said it was great to see more governments and companies getting on board with the circular economy concept.

‘This is an important shift in thinking, with both sustainability and economic benefits,’ Mr Lin said.

‘That’s why the Queensland Government created the Circular Economy Lab back in February – to get Queenslanders working on re-using by-products as much as possible instead of throwing them away.

‘And I’m sure Queensland’s start-ups and SMEs will have also brought plenty of great circular-economy concepts to be considered by the panel of the SparkPlug program.’

The current round of SparkPlug is assessing pitches on circular-economy projects from Queensland SMEs.

Queenslander Jaine Morris (pictured) was a keynote speaker at the Taiwan roundtable. Ms Morris is COO of Brisbane-based circular-economy specialists Coreo, who helped to create the Circular Economy Lab.

Ms Morris told participants about her projects with Australian companies, successfully designing lasting business models using circular-economy principles.

The roundtable was held on 16–18 October at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Kaohsiung.

Supporting the Queensland Government’s framework for sustainable economic growth is a priority in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Overseas buyers get Taste of Queensland on SEQ tour

Food and beverage importers from 8 overseas countries visited South East Queensland in October, looking to give their customers a taste of Queensland’s world-class produce.

Food and beverage importers from 8 overseas countries visited South East Queensland in October, looking to give their customers a taste of Queensland’s world-class produce.

The 34 buyers met with 58 Queensland producers to discuss export opportunities during TIQ’s Taste of Queensland Gourmet Experience, which included 2 showcases and a number of regional visits.

The buyers’ group encompassed food and beverage importers, distributors, wholesalers, food-service providers, high-end supermarket and retail buyers, and online store purchasers from China, Hong Kong, the ASEAN region and USA.

Queensland companies showcasing their products came from locations across the state, including Bowen, Goondiwindi, Bundaberg, Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Lockyer Valley, Bundaberg and the South Burnett.

Their offerings reflected the best of Queensland’s gourmet products, and included:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • beef
  • kangaroo meat
  • veal
  • quail
  • alcoholic drinks and fruit juices
  • ice cream
  • snacks and processed food
  • organic flour
  • health supplements.

The visitors first met producers at a Taste of Queensland Display Showcase in Springfield, with some of them heading to the Sunshine Coast for a second showcase event focused on health and wellness products.

Other buyers were given the option to join site visits and meeting programs with fresh produce and beef suppliers in Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley, Kilcoy and Gympie.

Showcase participant Gordon Chalmers, General Manager of Tamborine Mountain Distillery, said the event was a great opportunity for the distillery.

‘The event was very well organised, and the briefing the week before was a stroke of genius,’ Mr Chalmers said.

‘It gave us the chance to prepare and maximise our face-to-face time with potential importers of our products.

‘We also got to network with our fellow exhibitors, and we may well be doing some considerable business with some of these local food and beverage suppliers.

‘We’re now hoping to join TIQ’s trade mission to China in March next year to follow up with potential buyers.’

Participant Ian Douglas, Managing Director of Lime Caviar – which markets ‘pearls’ from native finger lime plants – said the company was also looking forward to outcomes from the showcase event.

‘The idea of having potential buyers visit Queensland to meet with producers in a targeted way was a superb idea,’ Mr Douglas said.

‘We are likely to secure significant orders from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore as a result.’

The Taste of Queensland Gourmet Experience ran from 23 to 25 October and was the largest inbound food and beverage mission ever delivered by TIQ.

Previous outbound Taste of Queensland trade missions have travelled to HOFEX in Hong Kong, Food and Hotel Asia in Singapore, and Food and Hotel China in Shanghai.

All Taste of Queensland events are organised and managed by TIQ through its network of 8 regional and 16 overseas offices.

Fostering export growth is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

View the photo gallery from the Taste of Queensland Gourmet Experience.

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Queensland immigration a drawcard in Hong Kong

Queensland is an increasingly popular migration and investment destination – that was the clear message from migration agents, immigration advisers and potential migrants during a recent TIQ roadshow to Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Queensland is an increasingly popular migration and investment destination – that was the clear message from migration agents, immigration advisers and potential migrants during a recent TIQ roadshow to Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Organised by TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) team, the week-long November roadshow presented workshops and seminars in Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Hong Kong.

BSMQ Senior Project Officer Cynthia Chen, who travelled from Brisbane to present the roadshow, said the workshops and seminars broke new ground and attracted unprecedented interest.

‘We had unprecedented interest in our presentations in both Taiwan and Hong Kong,’ she said.

‘This was the first time BSMQ has promoted Queensland in central and southern parts of Taiwan, including the country’s second-largest city of Taichung, which has a growing number of entrepreneurs in its thriving industrial parks.

‘These are some of Taiwan’s brightest business minds and it was great to be able to speak to them about Queensland’s opportunities, as it was in Kaohsiung, which is a busy port city.

‘In Hong Kong, the migration interest was overwhelming.

‘We delivered presentations to more than 200 potential business and skilled migrants across 5 seminars that were at capacity.

‘The young graduates and entrepreneurs who attended those sessions expressed real interest in relocating to Queensland with their families.’

Ms Chen said increasing numbers of businesspeople in Taiwan and Hong Kong were seeing Queensland’s potential as a destination that offers both great commercial opportunities and a great quality of life.

She said that BSMQ had especially seen a significant increase in interest in business visas from Hong Kong since the opening of its Business Nomination Program on 22 July, with the trend expected to continue.

Ms Chen worked closely with staff from TIQ Taiwan and TIQ Hong Kong and with corporate partners to present the events.

Attracting investment to Queensland is a key goal of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Roadshow program 3–10 November

Taiwan

5 seminars in 3 cities with over 100 prospective business migrants. Key migration agencies partnering with BSMQ on these events were:

Education agents’ seminar with 20 education agents.

Hong Kong

5 seminars for more than 200 potential business and skilled migrants. Key migration agents partnering with BSMQ on these events were:

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Natural Evolution: 'reject' fruit to award-winning superfoods

A Far North Queensland banana farm is at the forefront of transforming ‘waste’ produce into superfoods that are in hot demand – with expansion plans and an export award to prove it.

A Far North Queensland banana farm is at the forefront of transforming ‘waste’ produce into superfoods that are in hot demand – with expansion plans and an export award to prove it.

Atherton Tableland company Natural Evolution began as a second-generation banana farm but is now a successful manufacturer of superfoods based on banana flour, thanks to the ingenuity of farmer Robert Watkins.

In 2010, he started developing technology to extract flour from the thousands of bananas not suitable for supermarket sale, producing a nutrient-rich, gluten-free flour that is now the basis of Natural Evolution’s product line.

Natural Evolution Managing Director Krista Watkins said the company’s flour, baking mixes and health and beauty supplements were in great demand, with plans to build a much larger manufacturing facility to meet domestic and export demand.

‘We are planning to build a new facility next year that will be 8 to 10 times larger than our current proof-of-concept facility,’ she said.

‘It will be a megastyle processing plant to create products from excess bananas and other plants along the eastern seaboard, including broccoli and sweet potato.

‘We are also starting the Plantation Brew Company, which will create sustainable Australian distilled spirits.’

With existing customers in in Japan, Asia and Europe, and plans to expand its presence in overseas markets, Natural Evolution recently won the Emerging Exporter Award at this year’s Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.

Ms Watkins said the win was great recognition for the Natural Evolution team, made up of 9 staff in Far North Queensland and key salespeople around the world.

‘Every year we double our sales and, while that’s exciting, it’s challenging to manage a business that’s growing so quickly,’ she said.

‘The award is a great accolade for our hard-working team as a whole.’

Ms Watkins encouraged other companies to consider entering the awards in 2020.

‘I think definitely do it,’ she said.

‘The awards night is a great networking opportunity – a wonderful evening with lots of opportunities on offer.’

Natural Evolution was one of 16 winners announced at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards Gala on 10 October in Brisbane.

The awards are coordinated by TIQ.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

See the full gallery of photographs from the Awards Gala.

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Taiwanese lychees find second home in Queensland

Six new varieties of Taiwanese lychee plants have been planted at a Central Queensland farm as part of a trial that could see Queensland exporting the new varieties to global markets.

Six new varieties of Taiwanese lychees have been planted at a Central Queensland farm as part of a trial that could see Queensland producers exporting the new lychees to global markets.

The planting is the latest stage of a project signed off 3 years ago during a TIQ trade delegation to Taiwan.

In 2016, Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan Agricultural and Research Institute to introduce 6 ‘super varieties’ of lychees from Taiwan to Queensland.

The institute, part of Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (CoA), is a world leader in lychee research and development. But, with very limited space for agriculture, Taiwan decided to link with international partners to increase lychee production.

Thanks to the lobbying efforts of Murray Davis, then Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Taiwan, Queensland was chosen as Taiwan’s preferred global partner. Mr Davis worked diligently with both the Queensland and Australian lychee industries to promote Queensland as an ideal location to Taiwan CoA Deputy Minister Mr Junne-Jih Chen.

The resulting MOU now gives the Australian Lychee Growers Association exclusive access to these exciting new lychee varieties, and ensures Queensland is a leader in developing the world’s best lychee fruits.

Mr Chen was in Queensland in October this year for the tree-planting ceremony at Groves Grown Tropical Fruit farm in Yeppoon.

It will be 3 years before the Yeppoon plants bear fruit, and 4 or 5 years before commercial quantities are available.

But, says current Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Taiwan Patrick Hafenstein, if the plants can handle the Queensland climate they could create a new export opportunity for the state.

‘We could see a situation where Queensland farmers are growing Taiwanese lychees and exporting them into Asian and other markets,’ he said.

‘It could also create new job opportunities in regional Queensland.

‘Best of all, it means more people around the world will get to enjoy these amazing varieties of lychee.

‘It’s a testament to the commitment TIQ makes every day for Queensland businesses in global markets.’

Mr Hafenstein also visited the Yeppoon farm during Queensland Export Week in October to inspect the new varieties, which include Rose Red (also known as the zipper lychee), which is easier to peel than other varieties and has a longer shelf life.

Growing the lychees in Queensland means they could be in season for much longer. Fruit would be harvested in Queensland between November and February, and in Taiwan between May and August.

Groves Grown Tropical Fruit has been growing lychees, mangoes, avocadoes and other tropical fruit on its Bungundarra property at Yeppoon since the early 1980s.

Capitalising on Queensland’s agricultural export strengths is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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TIQ delivers 206 export deals in 2018–19

TIQ delivered 206 export deals worth $87.6 million and helped to attract 20 international investments worth $554.3 million last financial year, as well as expanding Queensland’s trade presence overseas.

TIQ delivered 206 export deals worth $87.6 million and helped to attract 20 international investments worth $554.3 million 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 2018–19 TIQ annual report, which was tabled in Queensland Parliament recently.

Other highlights of the year included:

  • hosting 54 international inbound delegations to South East Queensland and regional locations
  • arranging 15 Minister-led overseas missions (including 3 by the Premier) and 3 official visits by the Queensland Governor
  • providing 911 Queensland businesses with export services, including 335 clients in regional Queensland
  • building the trade and investment capability of 489 businesses through 40 training workshops in 15 regional locations across Queensland
  • nominating 598 international business migrants under TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration

TIQ continued to strengthen Queensland’s international presence in North America by opening two new offices in San Francisco and New York.

The annual report also documents TIQ’s continued progress in implementing 2 of its 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 2018–2019 is available online, both in web page format and as a PDF [28.1MB].

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

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Applications now open for IET Partnership Fund

Queensland’s international education and training providers have until 10 December to apply for funding for projects that deliver unique initiatives and experiences in the sector.

Queensland’s international education and training providers have until 20 December to apply for funding for projects that deliver unique initiatives and experiences in the sector.

The Queensland Government has launched the next phase of its International Education and Training Partnership Fund, coordinated by TIQ’s Study Queensland team.

The fund offers regional study clusters, universities, TAFEs, high schools, English language colleges and other providers the opportunity to further the state’s profile as a world-class study destination.

Seventy-four projects benefiting a combined 42,000 students have been delivered through the Partnership Fund since its launch in 2016, including:

  • The Classroom in the Rainforest – a STEM-focused opportunity for international high school students to join Far North Queensland students to stay and learn in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. (Trinity Bay State High School, James Cook University, Cairns SHS, Smithfield SHS and Redlynch State College)
  • Whitsunday Agri-Knowledge Sharing Project: a vocational education and training program bringing Japanese students to Bowen to study English at TAFE and learn effective horticultural practices on working farms. (Whitsunday Regional Council, Bowen Chamber of Commerce, Bowen Gumlu Growers Association and TAFE Queensland)
  • Going Global: female entrepreneurs from India have been invited to participate in inbound and outbound masterclasses in innovation, international business networking and cross-cultural collaboration. (Griffith University, Central Queensland University, gen[in] and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organisation – FICCI FLO).

Ministerial Champion for International Education and Training Kate Jones said the Partnership Fund had boosted Queensland’s profile as a global destination.

In 2018, the sector delivered $5.2 billion in export value to the state.

‘But, for continued growth, we need to partner with our on-the-ground institutions and providers to give students great experiences,’ said Ms Jones.

‘Showcasing our skills and resources to the world will attract more students here, bringing with them economic, social and cultural benefits for Queensland.’

Study Queensland is currently welcoming applications for between $10,000 and $150,000 for projects that address strategic outcomes, including:

  • talent and employability – enhancing the professional skills of students and building their networks with employers in their regions
  • industry partnerships – driving employability, employment outcomes and long-term opportunities for alumni
  • international engagement – aligning with the global capability needs of international markets and the combined strengths of institutions and study destinations
  • student experience – identifying additional student support activities that could be activated in each study destination and made available to support the health and wellbeing of Queensland students.

The International Education and Training Partnership Fund is part of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

Applicants should read the fund guidelines and apply by 11.00am on 20 December.

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Queensland’s award-winning tech a hit overseas

While many Australian companies have plans to eventually break into overseas markets, two Queensland businesses began selling their technology internationally from day one.

While many Australian companies have plans to eventually break into overseas markets, two Queensland businesses began selling their technology internationally from day one.

ClipChamp and AKIPS, both winners at the recent Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, focused on markets outside of Australia from the day they began trading.

And, as ClipChamp co-founder and CEO Alex Dreiling explained, selling a digital product made the process a lot easier.

‘There’s a stark contrast between digital products and physical products,’ Mr Dreiling said.

‘If you have a physical product, you have to deal with stock, shipping and stuff like that, which is complicated.

‘The easiest way to start working in foreign markets is to have a business-to-consumer service that’s digital.’

ClipChamp won the Dermot McManus Award for Innovation at the export awards, selling online tools that allow users to edit, compress and convert video files without needing to upload anything to a central server.

Also a winner at the awards was fellow Brisbane business AKIPS, which won the Technology and Innovation Award for its network-monitoring software that can monitor, analyse, report and alert on more than 20 million metrics per minute.

AKIPS co-founder and CEO Paul Koch said he started his business with his sights set on North America, which now makes up 80% of the company’s customer base.

‘We got a site at the University of North Carolina – one of the biggest universities in the US,’ Mr Koch said.

‘It was a great testing ground because university environments are very hostile environments in terms of online security.

‘Most organisations try to keep the hackers out, but we were there trying to keep the hackers in.

‘The university let us log directly into our software to see how it was performing, which helped us tune it to make it better and better.’

ClipChamp also focused on the US market.

‘The way we looked at it, the bigger the country the bigger the user base,’ Mr Dreiling said.

‘And our website being clipchamp.com meant more people were more inclined to hit it from the US.

‘But we also translated our website into 9 other languages and started ranking in other countries, particularly Spanish-speaking countries and Brazil.’

This is AKIPS’ third win at the export awards, and the first for ClipChamp.

Both winners believe it’s worth applying.

‘Everyone should apply for it, because it makes you really think about your business,’ Mr Koch said.

‘And some of the questions force you to think outside the box.’

Mr Dreiling agrees.

‘It’s a good way to reflect on what you’ve actually achieved,’ he said.

‘And if you get picked as a finalist there’s recognition that you’ve achieved something, so it’s definitely worth it.’

AKIPS and ClipChamp were two of 16 winners announced at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards Gala on 10 October in Brisbane.

The export awards are coordinated by TIQ.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

See the full gallery of photographs from the Awards Gala.