TWENTE, NETHERLANDS - Trioliet from Oldenzaal became the winner of the World Trade Center Twente Export Award 2015.
The producer of feeders for the agricultural sector received the award at a festive finale on October 14 in the Metropool in Hengelo. Trioliet was the favourite with the jury. The other two nominees were: Huka (Oldenzaal) en Schuitemaker (Rijssen). The encouragement prize went to Triboform Engineering in Enschede.
The WTC Twente Export Award, an initiative of the WTC Twente Business Club, has been awarded since 2007 to a company that profiles itself in the international market. The jury, consisting of chairman Louise van Weerden (Lecturer International Trade for SME’s at Saxion University of Applied Sciences), Helga Zevenbergen (Director of SES and Winner of the WTC Export Award 2014) and Dick Hoekstra (Export Sales Director Twentse Kabelfabriek BV), specifically took into account the export strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, ambition, vision and results of the nominees.
According to the chairman of the jury Louise van Weerden, Trioliet distinguished themselves in several ways. "The vision of entrepreneurship, the manner of innovation, the fact that Trioliet is also succesful outside of Europe, in countries where it is not easy to do business."
Director Robert Liet: "We are very proud. We see this as a stimulant to carry on doing business outside of our borders. This is not always easy, but necessary."
Out of the longlist of twenty companies, three remained who had to present themselves to the jury during the finale. Besides Trioliet, these were Huka, also from Oldenzaal, producer of products for the rehabilitation market and Schuitemaker from Rijssen, who make agricultural and winter machinery. All three nominated received a membership to the WTC Twente Business Club, that is comprised of over 160 companies. Trioliet was given a specially designed award, as well as a market analysis in a country of their choice, offered by Saxion and WTC Twente.
The prize was awarded by the Turkish Consulate General in the Netherlands, Mr. Zafer Ates. He foresees many opportunities for Dutch and Twente businesses who can profit from the economic growth in Turkey. "Especially in the sustainable energy market given that in Twente there are many companies with expert knowledge in this field."
For the second year running, the Starters International Business Award was awarded. This encouragement prize went to Triboform Engineering. This young company from Enschede develops software for metallurgy in the automotive industry. "Our ambitions are big and the encouragement prize can certainly help to fulfill these ambitions," stated director Jan Harmen Wiebenga. Triboform will receive assistance from WTC Twente to further internationalise themselves in the form of a coaching course in international business.
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