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Winner Of The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards 2013 In The Emerging Exporter Category

Winner of the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards 2013 in the Emerging Exporter category

QuintessenceLabs, the leader in quantum security technology has today been announced as the winner of the Emerging Exporter category in the 2013 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards, an initiative of the ACT Government delivered by Canberra Business Council.

Protecting troops on the frontline in Afghanistan is just one project led by the 2013 ACT Exporter of
the Year, Aspen Medical – whose exports rocketed to $44million in 2012-2013.

The Canberra-based healthcare provider won its third straight Exporter of the Year title at the ACT
Chief Minister’s Export Awards lunch at the Hyatt Hotel – a rare achievement which recognises the
company’s outstanding achievements.

In 2012-2013 Aspen’s exports jumped 16% from 2011-2012, which represents almost 20% of the
company’s total turnover. During this time, its worldwide revenue more than doubled and its team
doubled in size.

Canberra Business Council CEO, Chris Faulks, congratulated Aspen for its incredible achievements.
“Aspen’s success is a testament to the growing strength of the export industry in the ACT, which is
increasing by more than 9% a year – the highest rate of growth in the nation,” Faulks said.

“Aspen is a key player within the Territory’s vibrant exporting community; for the company to win
ACT Exporter of the Year three times in a row is an extraordinary accomplishment.

“The prestigious Awards recognise the vital services ACT companies provide to clients throughout
the world using our country’s capital as a base.”

Aspen, who also won the Health and Biotechnology Export Award, delivers world-class healthcare in
remote, challenging and under-resourced environments.

Recent projects include providing medical equipment to countries in the Middle East which enables
army medical battalions to deploy health care facilities in remote locations in less than 20 minutes.
Growth is expected to continue as Aspen leverages relationships with Government departments, the
resources sector, Indigenous partners and humanitarian organisations in the US, UK and UAE.
The growth of the Territory’s export industry has been reflected with the addition of three ACT-only
award categories this year – the ACT Exporting Government Solutions Award, the Exporting to Asia
Award and the Emerging Exporter Award.

The Exporting to Asia award recognises the importance of Canberra’s links into Asia, while the Royal
Australian Mint was rewarded for its continued leadership in the Government sector by winning the
ACT Exporting Government Solutions Award.

The winners of this year’s ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are:
– ACT Exporter of the Year – Aspen Medical
– Agribusiness – Inland Trading Co. (Aust) Pty Ltd
– Business Services – Northrop Consulting Engineers
– Creative Industries – Bearcage Pty Ltd
– Education and Training – University of Canberra
– Environmental Solutions – XP Solutions
– Health and Biotechnology – Aspen Medical
– Information and Communication Technology – Seeing Machines
– Infrastructure and Construction – Windlab
– Small Business – eVALUA Pty Ltd
– Emerging – Quintessence
– ACT Exporting Government Solutions – Royal Australian Mint (ACT only)
– Exporting To Asia – IE Asia Pacific (ACT only)

Aspen will join Australia-wide category winners as a finalist in the Australian Export Awards, which
will be announced in Melbourne in November.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are an initiative of the ACT Government delivered by
Canberra Business Council.