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US best in export finalists released

The American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand has announced the finalists for the 2012 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards.

The American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand has announced the finalists for the 2012 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards.

Mike Hearn, executive director for AmCham, says 2012 has seen another strong group of entrants, covering a diverse range of products and services from water to wine, nutraceuticals to salmon, software technology to kilns and baggage handling systems.
 
“Trade with the USA continues to run around $9 billion however over the last year we have seen more New Zealand companies entering the US market, setting up offices and hiring staff,” says Hearn.
 
“It has also been a very positive year for inbound investment with a record number of nominations for the Investor of the Year to or from the USA award.”

The awards celebrate success and innovation in the export, import and investment sectors between New Zealand and its third-largest trading partner, the US.
 
The finalists are:
 
Importer of the Year
o   Cavit & Co Limited,
o   Nature's Sunshine Products (NZ) Ltd
o   Seychelle Water Filter Ltd
o   Tidd Ross Todd Ltd
 
Investor of the Year to or from the USA
o   Endeavour Capital Ltd
o   Fiserv, Inc.
o   General Electric (GE)
o   Mighty River Power Ltd

Exporter of the Year to the USA $1 to $500,000
o   Abel Software Ltd
o   Red Witch Analog Ltd
 
Exporter of the Year to the USA $500,001 to $5m
o   BCS Group Ltd
o   Kono NZ LP
o   Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Ltd
o   Vista Entertainment Solutions Ltd
o   Windsor Engineering Group Ltd
 
Exporter of the Year to the USA over $5m
o   Natural History New Zealand Ltd
o   Serato Inv LP
o   TRU-TEST Ltd
o   Yealands Estate Wines
 
One of the above will also be chosen as the supreme winner, following in the steps of Zespri International, Orion Health, Zeacom, and Fonterra.
 
The awards will be presented at a black tie gala dinner at the Pullman Hotel Auckland on August 9.