Seequent Ltd takes out supreme award
27th May 2022
After three failed attempts at staging the 2021 AmCham - DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards due to COVID lockdowns, AmCham was able to celebrate some amazing success stories with the USA at an event last night in Auckland.
Despite all the supply chain issues over the last year, exports of goods to the USA were up 8.5% at $7.02 billion and imports were up 22.9% to $6.36 billion.
Exports of technology and services continue to grow with more than half the entries for the awards coming from tech companies. On top of this we have seen over $17 billion of new US investment in New Zealand in announced in the last year, most of it in the tech sector.
Commenting on the 2021 AmCham-DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards, Mark Foy, Managing Director, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, DHL Express, said “As a leading innovator in the tech industry, Seequent has established itself with successful growth into the USA market. With focus on continuous improvement and market research, it is great to see their success and DHL congratulates them on this award.”
Seequent is a New Zealand success story, having grown from one employee in 2004 to 173 New Zealand staff and a total of 430 globally by mid-2021. The Judges were impressed with the level of technological brilliance and dedication shown by the team of this Christchurch based tech company.
The company’s rapid growth culminated in its sale of around NZ$1.5bn to US company, Bentley Systems in 2021. This sale makes Seequent one of the latest billion dollar “unicorn” to emerge from the New Zealand high tech sector – hopefully a precursor of many more to come.
The winners were:
Exporter of the Year – under NZ$1m – Auror Ltd
The AmCham Women’s Chapter Committee of Sarah Weersing (Chair), Jeanne Cheesman, Jo Finer, Katie Sleeman and Cynthia O’Neill won the 2021 AmCham Supporter of the Year award.
In addition to AmCham’s lead awards sponsor DHL-Express, the awards are also supported by ANZ Bank, Ironside McDonald Intellectual Property, media partner The Business and wine supporter Constellation Brands.
At the event AmCham launched the 2022 AmCham-DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards.
The American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards, the 21st year of these awards celebrating success and innovation for companies doing business with the USA.
Mike Hearn, Executive Director for AmCham, says “it has been good to see so many strong contenders covering a diverse range of products and services who have been successful in the last year throughout the COVID19 pandemic. In the last year exports to the USA have grown by 13% and we have seen over $3 billion on new investment form the USA”.
Commenting on the awards, Mark Foy, Managing Director, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, DHL Express, said “DHL Express are proud sponsors of AmCham New Zealand’s annual awards. As an international express logistics provider, we understand that the Covid-19 pandemic put global supply chains under intense pressure and disrupted trade not only in the USA, but worldwide. Throughout the pandemic, we remained committed to helping Kiwi businesses navigate international trade, with the USA remaining a major trading partner for New Zealand businesses.
It is great to see New Zealand’s links with the USA continue to strive, a testament to the innovation, Kiwi ingenuity and optimism kiwi businesses have in the current global marketplace. The high calibre of this year’s finalists demonstrates the ongoing success of Kiwi businesses tapping into and reaping the benefits of the USA export market and DHL congratulates all of the finalists for 2021.”
Investor of the Year to or from the USA
Exporter of the Year to the USA under $1 million
Exporter of the Year to the USA $1 million to $10 million
Exporter of the Year to the USA over $10 million
One of the above will be chosen as the Supreme winner.
One other award will be presented on the night: The AmCham Supporter of the Year
The awards will be presented at a black-tie gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel Auckland on 26th August with the Hon Grant Robertson representing the government and US Charge d ’affairs Kevin Covert presenting the US Company of the Year award. For details and tickets see www.amcham.co.nz
In addition to AmCham, DHL Express, the awards are supported by ANZ Bank and Ironside McDonald Intellectual Property. Media sponsor - The Business. Wine sponsor - Constellation Brands. Event Manager and sponsor - Lime & Soda
Previous winners of the Supreme Award have included Peace Software; Airways Corporation; HumanWare; Tenon; Orion Health; Zeacom; SMI Group; Fonterra; Pratt & Whitney Air New Zealand Services t/a Christchurch Engine Centre; Buckley Systems; Greenshell New Zealand; Vista Entertainment; Fisher & Paykel Healthcare; Zespri International; Tourism Holdings and Peter Beck.
New award added - US Company of the Year
The American Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the launch of the 2021 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards. 2021 is the twenty second year these awards have been held and they celebrate business achievement between New Zealand and the United States. Bilateral trade is now worth around $17.6 billion – exports to the USA $9.8b and imports from the USA $7.8b.
"Over the years our awards have showcased some amazing companies who have demonstrated imagination, success, innovation and entrepreneurship. Trade with the USA continues to grow despite the COVID pandemic, and we look forward to seeing who has achieved success this year " 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 “With what has been a testing year for New Zealand, it is great to see Kiwi businesses confident, optimistic and ready to celebrate success. Our 2020 Export NZ DHL Export Barometer showed that despite the rapidly changing global marketplace, the positions of the top exporting trade lanes remained unchanged, with USA holding a strong consistent trading position at number two. With Covid-19 ultimately impacting supply chains globally, it was positive to see Kiwi Businesses adapt at a substantial rate to continue to bring great Kiwi products fuelled by ingenuity, to the United States”.
Following our highly successful 2020 COVID19 Success & Resilience awards we are returning to our normal categories for 2021.
Awards categories are: (click on categories for application forms)
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.
For further information contact Mike Hearn – email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 09 309 9140. Entries close at 5.00 pm on 29 May.
Finalists will be announced on 5 July and the winners announced at a black-tie awards’ gala dinner in Auckland on 26th August (COVID19 lockdown level permitting).
In addition to AmCham and DHL Express, the awards are supported by ANZ Bank and Ironside McDonald Intellectual Property.
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, Tourism Holdings and Peter Beck.