2019 AmCham-DHL Success & Innovation Awards

Entries open for 2019 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards for companies doing business with the USA

The American Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the launch of the 2019 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with United Airlines. 2019 is the twentieth year these awards have been held and they celebrate business achievement between New Zealand and the United States.

 "The annual Success & Innovation Awards provide companies with an opportunity to showcase their imagination, innovation. entrepreneurship, as well as honour and celebrate their achievements," said Mike Hearn, Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand.

Commenting on the awards, Mark Foy, Country Manager, DHL Express New Zealand, said “It is great to see kiwi businesses remaining confident and optimistic in this rapidly changing global marketplace. According to the 2018 Export DHL Export Barometer, Australia continues to dominate Kiwi exports, with the USA holding a strong consistent trading position at number two. The research indicated more than 50% of Kiwi exporters have seen international orders increase over the last 12 months, and 60% of them remain optimistic that international orders will increase in the next 12 months. These results are reflected in our business activity at DHL Express, as we see more and more New Zealand exporters investing in innovation and new product development to reach international borders.” 

With the growing tourism and air freight volumes with the USA,
AmCham is delighted to welcome Auckland Airport as a silver sponsor to this years awards.  Scott Tasker, GM Aeronautical Commercial commented that "The USA is a significant passenger and cargo market for Auckland Airport, which continues to experience strong growth off the back of improving air connectivity between the two countries." 

Awards categories are: (CLICK ON THE CATEGORY BELOW TO DOWNLOAD AWARD APPLICATION FORMS)      

-          Exporter of the Year to the USA - with export revenues to the USA up to NZ $1 million
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Exporter of the Year to the USA - revenues from NZ $1 million to NZ $10 million
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Exporter of the Year to the USA - revenues over NZ $10 million
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Importer of the Year from the USA
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Investor of the Year for New Zealand companies investing in the US, as well as US companies investing in New Zealand
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Bilateral Connections Award
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Contribution to Tourism
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Bilateral Entrepreneur/Innovator of the Year with the USA

 A Supreme Award winner is selected from winners of each of these awards.  AmCham also presents an award to the Member/Supporter of the Year. 

 The winners of the importer, exporter, bilateral connections and tourism awards receive a return Economy Plus airfare to anywhere in the USA from United Airlines.

Companies interested in entering the 2019 awards can find further information at www.amcham.co.nz or by contacting Mike Hearn – email mike@amcham.co.nz   or phone 09 309 9140.  Entries close at 5.00 pm on 31 May.

Finalists will be announced on 4 July and the winners announced at a black tie awards gala dinner at the Pullman Hotel Auckland on 22 August.  

 Previous winners of the Supreme Award have included ZESPRI International, Peace Software, Airways Corporation, HumanWare, Tenon, Zeacom, Specialist Marine Interiors, Fonterra and Christchurch Engine Centre, Buckley Systems, Vista Entertainment, Greenshell New Zealand, Orion Systems International, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Douglas Pharmaceuticals and Tourism Holdings.

 In addition to AmCham, DHL Express and United Airlines, the awards are supported by: ANZ Bank, Auckland Airport, Ironside McDonald Intellectual Property and our media partner, the Business Herald.