EXPORTS: W Cape's Leading Exporters
Recent Western Cape Business News
AAT Composites, the Strand company that designs and manufactures seats and fittings for the first and business class cabins of the world’s airlines, was named the overall winner of the annual ABSA/ Cape Chamber of Commerce Exporter of the Year Competition.
AAT is the second company from the Helderberg region to be chosen as the outright winner of the competition after The Invisible Card Company won in 2006.
The competition, which is in its 20th year, has been sponsored by ABSA for 10 of those years and has now become one of the feature events on the business calendar.
“Economically speaking an event of this nature places South Africa in the spotlight and strengthens our position to take up a key leadership role on the African continent. We congratulate and applaud this year’s winners and nominees for the economic contribution they are making and the significant leadership role they are carving in bringing the world to Africa,” said Marcel de Klerk, Absa Business Bank, Head of Product.
The Transnet National Ports Terminals Trophy for the best export performance in engineering/manufacturing sector went to Petrel, a Cape Town heavy engineering company that manufactures marine deck equipment for the fishing, shipping and oil industries. Petrel were the overall winners of the competition in 1993.
The Credit Guarantee trophy for the small exporter of the year went to Tentickle, a relatively new firm which reinvented the Bedouin tent and now exports them to a growing list of countries. The colourful tents have become standard features at outdoor functions in many parts of the world.
The Cape Chamber of Commerce prize for the best non-engineering company went to the Simons Town company, Kelp Products. The firm makes bio-regulators and hormones from Cape kelp which are used to improve the productivity of a wide range of crops in 55 countries around the world. Kelp Products were outright winners of the competition in 2005.
The other finalists were Econo-Heat, makers of wall panel heaters and T & B Log Homes of Knysna which export up-market log homes to many countries, even some with a tradition of timber construction.
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