Combilift, Dennison Trailers, Cupprint and Irish Dairy Board Win Irish Exporter to Germany Awards

Enterprise Ireland and the German-Irish Chamber of Industry & Commerce Mark 50 Years of Export Success to Germany

Wednesday 21st November 2012; Dublin, Ireland: Irish exporting companies Combilift, Dennison Trailers, Cupprint and the Irish Dairy Board were the winners of last night’s “Irish Exporter to Germany Awards”. The awards were presented by the Minister for Education and Skills Mr Ruairi Quinn at a ceremony in Enterprise Ireland, Dublin last night (Tuesday 20th November, 2012).

Martin McVicar – CEO, Combilift, who won Best Overall Exporter chats with Holger Erdmann, German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Deirdre McPartlin, Manager Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Enterprise Ireland at the announcement of the Irish Exporter to Germany Awards.
Martin McVicar – CEO, Combilift, who won Best Overall Exporter chats with Holger Erdmann, German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Deirdre McPartlin, Manager Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Enterprise Ireland at the announcement of the Irish Exporter to Germany Awards.

The awards are sponsored by German freight forwarding and logistics solutions provider DB Schenker and were organised by Enterprise Ireland and the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce.  The aim of the awards was to mark 50 years of Irish export success to Germany and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Ireland’s first trade office in Frankfurt in 1962.

The Best Overall Exporter to Germany Award went to Combilift from Gallinagh in Co. Monaghan.  Combilift manufactures customised forklifts and material handling solutions. Naas-based Dennison Trailers won “Best Emerging Exporter” on the back of their targeted approach to entering the German marketplace. The jury awarded the “Best German Online Presence” to Cupprint from Ennis, Co. Clare which offers bespoke branded paper cups and winning most of their 1,000 German customers from their German language web shop.

The Irish Dairy Board received a special ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award for its outstanding performance for over 40 years in the German marketplace, becoming the number one branded butter in Germany with Kerrygold and effectively being a trailblazer for many other Irish exporters who followed.

Announcing the winners, Minister Quinn said:

“Germans call the small and medium enterprises and family-owned companies which form the backbone of the German economy their “Hidden Champions”.  These awards celebrate Ireland’s own “Hidden Champions” who are well on their way to becoming European or global leaders in their sectors.  Success in Germany - a market which sets the highest possible standards for suppliers – is hard won and requires a truly high-quality offering. With three of the four winners coming from outside Dublin and all increasing their employment, these are success stories for the whole country to celebrate.”

Frank Ryan, CEO Enterprise Ireland added:

“Enterprise Ireland clients had their strongest year ever in 2011 and indications are that 2012 will be an even stronger year. Germany has played a central role in this growth. Our clients’ exports to Germany grew by 22% in 2010 and 17% in 2011. It is a reflection of the ever increasing sophistication achieved by Irish companies that they are growing strongly in a mature market like Germany where they face competition from both local players and other highly skilled economies”.

German-Irish Chamber President Ralf Zimmermann, who is also Managing Director of Bayer Ireland, emphasised the opportunities for sales of Irish companies in Germany:

“With a total population of 80 million and the multitude of small and medium sized companies, Germany is an excellent target market for Irish exporters. This is emphasised further by the very positive attitude of Germans to all things Irish. In light of the support by Enterprise Ireland and the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce available to Irish exporters, I would like to urge them to focus even more on Germany to make the most of the opportunities at hand. Also, from a Chamber perspective we were particularly impressed that the Awards winners have all brought German language skills into their companies.'

The Irish Exporter to Germany Awards were adjudicated by Patrick McGrath, Managing Director of Miele Ireland; Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director, Trade Fair Düsseldorf, Germany; John Hearne, CEO, Curam Software, Ireland; David Dempsey, President of the Irish Business Network in Germany and successful entrepreneur; Deirdre McPartlin, Manager Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Enterprise Ireland and Holger Erdmann, Deputy CEO, German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Ireland.

For more information on the awards and the winning companies please visit www.enterprise-ireland.com/exporteroftheyear and www.german-irish.ie.

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