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Finalists Announced for the 2016 AmCham-DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards

18 Jul 2016 6:25 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

AUCKLAND, 18 July, 2016– The American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand has today announced the finalists for the 2016 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with Hawaiian Airlines, the 17th year of these awards celebrating success and innovation for companies doing business with the USA.

Mike Hearn, Executive Director for AmCham, says 2016 has seen another very strong group of entries, covering a diverse range of products and services. While technology companies are again to the forefront of finalists there are some strong entries from pharmaceuticals, wine, building products, cars, food & beverage and engineered products.  

“Exports to the USA increased for the 6th consecutive year and we are also seeing big growth in the services sector with the USA. The US accounts for 11.6% per cent of New Zealand’s total earnings from overseas trade.” says Mr Hearn.

Commenting on the finalists, Mark Foy, DHL Express Country Manager New Zealand, said: “The USA offers fantastic opportunities for local businesses and we’re seeing ongoing volume growth from both importers and exporters. The high caliber of the 2016 finalists highlights that Kiwi ingenuity is thriving. Innovative businesses are tapping into increased online connectedness and are reaping the benefits of trading with the USA.”

The finalists are:

Importer of the Year

  • -         Ford NZ & the All New Mustang
  • -         Protempo Ltd
  • -         SOS Hydration Ltd

Investor of the Year to or from the USA

  • -         Baxter Healthcare
  • -         Proliant Biologicals
  • -         Trimble Navigation New Zealand Ltd

Exporter of the Year to the USA under $1 million

  • -         Autogrow Systems Ltd
  • -         Heilala Vanilla
  • -         Packaworld International Ltd
  • -         Raygun Ltd

Exporter of the Year to the USA $1 million to $10 million

  • -         Aranz Medical
  • -         Cuddon Ltd – Cuddon Freeze Dry division
  • -         Export X
  • -         Giesen Wines
  • -      Howick Limited
  • -         James Dunlop Textiles Ltd
  • -         PowerbyProxi Ltd

Exporter of the Year to the USA over $10 million

  • -         Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • -         Constellation Brands
  • -         Gallagher Group
  • -         Protempo
  • -         Pushpay
  • -         Wherescape Software
  • -         Whitehaven Wine Company Ltd

Eric & Kathy Hertz Award for Citizen Diplomacy

  • -         Bodeker Scientific
  • -         Kaila Colbin
  • -         Young Enterprise Trust

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 Pullman Hotel Auckland on 18th August. For details and tickets see

In addition to AmCham, DHL Express and Hawaiian Airlines, the awards are supported by 3M New Zealand, Baldwins, Fonterra Co-operative, Prescient Marketing & Communications, The Pullman Hotel and media sponsor The Business.

Previous winners of the Supreme Award have included Zespri International, Peace Software, Airways Corporation, HumanWare, Tenon, Orion Health, Zeacom, SMI Group, Fonterra and Pratt & Whitney Air New Zealand Services t/a Christchurch Engine Centre, Buckley Systems, Greenshell New Zealand, Vista Entertainment and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.

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