Queensland companies line up for export kudos

More than 30 companies have reached the finals of the Queensland Premier’s Export Awards.

Oct 05, 2021, updated Oct 05, 2021
Sunshine Coast company Helitak is a finalist

Sunshine Coast company Helitak is a finalist

The finalists are spread across a wide cross-section of the business community from firefighting equipment to aerospace, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, IT and education showing the diversification that’s happening in Queensland.

Jasan Schillaars heads up Helitak Fire Fighting Equipment, a Sunshine Coast company that is a finalist in the regional exporter category.

His products came to the fore last summer during the bushfire crisis.

“Our products probably dropped about 3 million litres of water,” he said.

But he is also pushing hard in the US where the market is ten times bigger and is in the middle of getting certification for Europe which was hit by savage fires in Turkey and Greece recently.

“That would really help us get across the line in Europe where they have had some really big fires lately,” he said.

The awards feature a sustainability category with four finalists: icubed, Hydrobiology, Knotwood and Solar Bollard Lighting.

Glencore Technology, one of the biggest mining companies operating in Queensland, is up against Applied Mining technologies and NLT Digital Solutions for the award in the minerals and energy category.

St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School is a finalist in the international education and training category.

Healthcare Logic is one of the fastest-growing technology startups in Queensland and develops software to help public hospitals work better. It’s a finalist in the advanced technologies category.

It was formed as a spin-out from the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and Griffith University in 2017. It is currently operating in over 90 public hospitals in the Asia-Pacific and Europe. HCL’s flagship product – SystemView – was co-designed with clinical leaders and hospital executives and delivers fully automated, high-frequency data flows about events in hospitals in a form that is easy to navigate for clinical teams, executives and policymakers.

Prohelion is a finalist in the emerging exporter category. The Spring Hill based company was a commercial spin-off of the Team Arrow solar car racing team and commercialises electric vehicle technologies. Prohelion exports to the USA, UK, New Zealand, Turkey and Europe.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said more than 160 entries were received – the highest number of any of the states or territories for their export awards.

“This has meant our judges really had their work cut out for them to choose finalists and some great exporters just missed out,” the Premier said.

“The awards are an acknowledgement and celebration of those achievements and a reminder that exports are vital to the Queensland economy.”

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