24th Annual AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards Winners Announced
Beijing – 19 May
The AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards (ACBA) Gala Dinner last night celebrated the success of Australian and Chinese businesses in Greater China across a broad spectrum, from small entrepreneurs through to large publicly listed companies.
A record breaking 148 companies entered the ACBAs in 2017, competing for eight category awards. Of these, 36 finalists were selected by a judging panel for demonstrating outstanding achievement and distinctive excellence within their respective categories.
Around 450 guests attended the Gala Dinner at the JW Marriott Beijing. In addition to the Awards Ceremony, the evening featured a panel discussion on Chinese investment into Australia with Ye Gang, Director of Landbridge Corporation, Wu Xiangqian, General Manager of Yancoal Australia and Shu Hua, CEO of GCL System Integration Technology, hosted by Cheng Lei, anchor of the Global Business program on China Global Television Network (formerly CCTV International).
Other notable speakers and presenters included Australian Ambassador to China, HE Jan Adams and Westpac International President, Mr Bala Swaminathan.
The winners of the AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards 2017 are:
• The Business Excellence Award for Sustainability, Diversity Social Responsibility sponsored by Westpac: The George Institute
• The Business Excellence Award for Agriculture, Food and Beverage sponsored by Swan Wine Group: Evolution Health
• The Business Excellence Award for Consumer Services sponsored by Virgin: Aveo China
• The Business Excellence Award for Professional Services sponsored by JW Marriott: MinterEllison
• The Business Excellence Award for Creative Industries sponsored by Australia Plus: ASPECT Studios
• The Business Excellence Award for Business Innovation and the Digital Economy sponsored by Swisse: Dimer Technologies
• The Business Excellence Award for Small to Medium Enterprise sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia: Nihao Global
• The Business Excellence Award for Cross Border Investment sponsored by Austrade: Goldwind
“The high number of quality entries this year has lifted the bar for our candidates. It was a really hard task for the judges to choose between them,” commented Tracy Colgan, Chair of AustCham Beijing, host of the 2017 ACBAs. “In many categories, there were numerous companies that could have ultimately won. It’s testament to the quality of businesses operating between Australia and China. The new Cross-Border Investment category was particularly competitive. The judges chose Goldwind because of their multi-year and multi-deal strategy and their quality Australian leadership team.”
“This high-profile awards program is one of the greatest platforms to showcase success among Australian businesses in Greater China”, Westpac Head of Greater China, Andy Whitford said. “As a sponsor for seven years, Westpac is proud to support businesses in the Australia-China corridor, at this critical point in its economic and financial market development.”
Congratulations to all ACBA 2017 winners and finalists and many thanks to all of our generous sponsors for a fantastic event.
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About the 2017 host
The China-Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing (AustCham Beijing) was established in 1996 and has as its goal the advancement of the broader Australia-China business relationship through the effective representation of its 250 members. This is achieved through building connections between our members and broader stakeholders in Australia and China, delivery of effective advocacy programs and provision of information and insights through our business events and online platform.
About the key sponsor
Westpac has been the official key sponsor of the ACBAs since 2009. Westpac has operated in Asia for over 40 years and was the first Australian bank in China. In addition to its Asian regional headquarters in Singapore, Westpac has branches in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, a branch in Mumbai and a representative office in Jakarta. Westpac’s goal in China is to both support Australian and New Zealand customers in the region, as well as provide a gateway for Chinese firms and individuals with interests in Australia and New Zealand.
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