Five outstanding Gold Coast businesses win export awards

Five Gold Coast businesses have been recognised and celebrated for their outstanding success and contribution to Queensland’s trade output at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.

The Awards, held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last night, acknowledge the significant achievements that exporters have made to improving Queensland’s economic activity and boosting jobs.

The local winners included:


  • Aqualuma LED Lighting, Helensvale (Environmental Solutions Award) – a global authority on energy efficient lighting solutions that has achieved massive international expansion across APAC, South-East Asia and the Middle East.
  • Grace Loves Lace, Burleigh (E-Commerce Award) – a business supplying the international and local bridal market with unique, luxury, wearable and accessible wedding dresses.
  • Opmantek Ltd, Surfers Paradise (Digital Technologies Award) – an IT infrastructure management and audit software business whose product is used by more than 100,000 organisations in 30 countries.
  • Evolve Skateboards Pty. Ltd., Arundel (Regional Exporter Award) – an electric skateboard designer and manufacturer selling mainly online, but which is now expanding into international retail chains.
  • Knotwood Pty. Ltd., Stapylton (Dermot McManus Award for Innovation) – an award-winning exporter of outdoor aluminium systems that are resistant to fading, flaking and chipping, and have a realistic wood-grain finish.

Last year, Queensland exporters contributed around $47 billion to the state’s economy. And Export Council of Australia CEO Lisa McAuley said Awards, such as these, helped to build awareness of new market opportunities to business owners.

“We are seeing more and more new companies that are exporting their goods and services with excellent results and now is the time to focus on how we can help build on Australia’s trade capabilities and encourage more companies to look at the global opportunities that are opening up,” said Ms McAuley.