Douglas Pharmaceuticals wins Supreme Award at 2016 American Chamber of Commerce DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards

19 Aug 2016 10:31 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

The 17th annual AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards were held at the Pullman Auckland Hotel last night, with Douglas Pharmaceuticals winning the Supreme Award for trade with the United States.

Award judging panel member, Alex Broughton said “Douglas demonstrates a very high standard of business strategy, operation and performance. The establishment of Douglas Pharmaceuticals America in 2003 to sell generics into the US pharmaceutical market has delivered standout growth with Douglas Pharmaceuticals on track to grow their global sales to $244m by 2020. The Judges also noted that Douglas Pharmaceuticals are committed to continuous Innovative R&D investment”.

Mark Foy, Country Manager for DHL Express New Zealand, who announced the supreme winner, said: “Douglas Pharmaceuticals epitomises the Kiwi success story and reflects the entrepreneurial and innovative businesses that are experiencing on-going growth trading with the U.S. As a rapidly-expanding pharmaceutical company with a reputation for high manufacturing standards, Douglas Pharmaceuticals has grown their export business into the U.S. in a relatively short timeframe and we congratulate them on their success.”

The Supreme Award is chosen from the winners of each of the categories presented on the night. The complete list of winners is as follows:

  • Importer of the Year from the USA: Ford Motor Company of New Zealand Ltd
  • Investor of the Year to or from the USA: Baxter Healthcare Ltd
  • Exporter of the Year – under NZ$1 million: Heilala Vanilla Ltd
  • Exporter of the Year – NZ$1 million – $10 million:  Aranz Medical Ltd
  • Exporter of the Year – over NZ$10 million: Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Trevor Eagle Memorial Award – AmCham Supporter of the Year: Everedge Global (NZ) Ltd
  • Eric & Kathy Hertz Award for Citizen Diplomacy: Bodeker Scientific Ltd
  • Supreme Award Winner:  Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd


This year’s award finalists were some of the strongest AmCham has seen in the last seventeen years and the judges decided to award a number of Highly Commended certificates. These were presented to:
Autogrow Systems Ltd
Howick Ltd
ExportX Ltd
Constellation Brands New Zealand
WhereScape Software Ltd

The AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards celebrate success and innovation in the export, import and investment sectors between New Zealand and its third-largest trading partner, the USA.  Winners of the importer, exporter and the Eric & Kathy Hertz award categories receive 100,000 airline miles from Hawaiian Airlines. 

In addition to AmCham, DHL-Express and Hawaiian Airlines, the Awards are also supported by 3M New Zealand, Baldwins, Fonterra, Prescient Marketing & Communications, The Pullman Auckland Hotel, media partner The Business, and wine sponsor Fine Wine Delivery Company.

Other previous winners of the Supreme Award include Zespri International, Specialist Marine Interiors, Peace Software, Airways Corporation, HumanWare, Tenon, Zeacom, Pratt & Whitney Air New Zealand Services t/a Christchurch Engine Centre, Fonterra Co-operative Group, Buckley Systems, Vista Entertainment, Greenshell New Zealand, Orion Health and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.