Export award a tribute to effort

EMERGING exporter award goes to ... Ausproof, Gladstone! Ausproof Gladstone picked up one of Central Queensland's most prestigious awards during the 2006 Central Queensland Regional Export Awards.

Ausproof marketing director Frank Lantry said Ausproof designed and made high voltage cable for the mining industry.

The product was becoming an aggressive force on the overseas market.

"I think they gave us the award because we are emerging into exporting and will become a solid exporter in the future,'' he said. "It was a nice surprise to win the award, but it was good recognition for our company and our staff and the hard work they put in.''

Mr Lantry said it was a real boost for the staff, they were proud of the award and it motivated them to do better.

Queensland Government Minister for Trade Anna Bligh congratulated the winners.

"Extensive research and development has seen the Ausproof Coupler recognised as a world leader when it comes to quality, safety and reliability in the harsh mining environment,'' she said.