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.

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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)