Abagold Ltd the Hermanus company which breeds, grows and exports abalone by the ton were declared the big winners at the ECIC/Cape Chamber-Western Cape Exporter of the Year Competition at a gala dinner at the Southern Sun Cape Sun last night.
The competition, now in its 26th year, is sponsored by Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC).
Abagold Ltd won both the overall prize for excellence in exporting which includes R50,000 in cash and the Cape Chamber award for the best non-manufacturing company.
The Transnet Port Terminals Trophy for the best engineering/manufacturing company went to Franz Falke Textiles (Pty) Ltd. The company makes 8,5 million pairs of running socks, mostly for the United States market and is the first textile company to be an export winner for many years.
Geo Data Design (Pty) Ltd, a company which interprets satellite images and information, won the Credit Guarantee Small Exporter trophy and the Gerald Wolman trophy for excellence in exporting to African countries. They also shared the overall second prize with Franz Falke Textiles (Pty) Ltd.
Another double winner was Technical Systems (Pty) Ltd which manufactures automated feeding systems for intensive pig and poultry farms. They won the Bonitas Innovation Trophy and the SAGITA Trophy for excellence in design.
The Nedbank Trophy for Transformation went to Bassalicious (Pty) Ltd, a company that produces and exports quality sauces.