Trade and investment minister Andrew Robb has announced GP Graders as the winner of the 2014 Australian exporter of the year award.
“Exporter of the year, GP Graders – from my home-state of Victoria – should be especially proud of the innovation and imagination they’ve demonstrated, in order to capture international attention for their machinery products," said Robb.
He explained that the awards highlighted international business excellence at a time when opportunities offshore have never been greater.
“The businesses recognised by these awards make a huge contribution to our economy, and I congratulate the winners – indeed all the finalists – for their commitment, creativity and drive,” he said.
GP Graders is Australia’s leading supplier of fresh produce grading machinery and exports to Turkey, Greece, the US and Chile, whilst cutting costs, improving quality and creating much needed time in time-poor agricultural businesses.
“This is a great honour and is testimony to the hard work the GP Graders team has put into product innovation and customer service," added Stuart Payne, director of GP Graders. "We have been at the forefront of grading machinery technology for a long time and we make continuous improvements to technology by listening to our clients’ needs. This has built up goodwill with our many clients across the globe and we hope to continue our push for excellence in this field whilst contributing to the improvement of efficiencies in the agriculture industry.”