Three Queensland businesses took out national awards at the 2017 Australian Export Awards announced in Canberra on 5 December.

Two experienced hands and one fresh start-up went home winners, turning their success at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards earlier this year into national recognition.

Blast Movement Technologies won the Minerals, Energy and Related Services Award; Opmantek Software took out the Digital Technologies Award; and new kid on the block Tooletries (manufacturer of silicon shower accessory products) was a first-time winner in the Small Business Award category.

This is the third time Brisbane’s Blast Movement Technologies has won the national Minerals and Energy Award, having previously been recognised in 2014 and 2015. The company provides blast technology to mining companies in 31 countries to maximise ore yield on major mining projects.

Likewise, Opmantek Software was a second-time national award winner. Opmantek is a world leader in network management and IT audit software, with its products now used by more than 60,000 organisations in 130 countries. Selling online and through a network of 2,000 global partners, the Gold Coast business also won the national ICT award in 2014.

Queensland’s third and newest winner, Tooletries, was founded just three years ago using private capital and around $50,000 from a Kickstarter campaign. The Brisbane-based company designs and manufactures tough, stick-on shower accessories using a patented silicon technology.

Firmly focused on the export market from inception, Tooletries now sells in eight countries, with 100% of 2016–17 revenue coming from export sales. A first-time entrant in the awards, they have now taken out one of Australia’s top export honours.

Increasing exports from Queensland is a key goal of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

See the full list of winners for the 2017 Australian Export Awards.

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