Bausch + Lomb & Sanofi winners at Irish Export Industry Awards 2017

Nov 23, 2017, by  - Category:

The Export Industry Awards 2017, the premier event recognising the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry in Ireland, took place on Friday, 17th November at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road Dublin. 11 companies won individual category awards across a range of sectors. County Waterford took home two awards with Bausch + Lomb Ireland being announced Multinational Exporter of the Year and Sanofi Waterford winning Life Sciences Exporter of the Year. 

Kildare based Irish Dog Foods was crowned the overall Exporter of the Year Award 2017 after winning the Medium Size Exporter of the Year Award category earlier in the evening.

Irish comedian Mario Rosenstock MC’d the black tie Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner which was well attended with nearly 550 export industry professionals. Other guests included Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education, representatives from over 25 Embassies, Secretary Generals and Awards sponsors. Dublin, 17th November 2017

Multinational Exporter of the YearBausch + Lomb Waterford

Export Industry Award 2017 Multinational Exporter of the Year Bausch LombMultinational Exporter of the Year, Bausch + Lomb Waterford is the largest Bausch + Lomb manufacturing facility in the world, solely focused on protecting, enhancing, and restoring people’s eyesight. A major milestone is due to be reached in 2017 when the Waterford facility breaks the one billion lenses per year production record, partly due to the largest expansion in its history during which the facility grew to 500,000 square feet under one roof on a 40-acre site. The judges were particularly impressed with Bausch + Lomb Ireland's team, community approach and passion.

Photo: Nicola Byrne, President, Irish Exporters Association; Paula Tebay, Plant Logistics Manager, ‎Bausch + Lomb Ireland; Mark Hennessy, Site Leader, Bausch + Lomb Ireland; Mike Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, GS1 Ireland.

Life Sciences Exporter of the Year, Sanofi Waterford

Export Industry Award 2017 Life Sciences Exporter of the Year SanofiIn April 2011, Sanofi acquired Massachusetts-headquartered Genzyme Corp who had built a growing biotechnology facility in Waterford city. In the six years since the acquisition, Sanofi Waterford, Life Sciences Exporter of the Year, has become a fully integrated strategic site within Sanofi Industrial Affairs, a network with 40,000 people at 80 facilities in 37 countries. Today, more than 700 people work on the Sanofi Waterford team producing a range of treatments for serious medical conditions, including several rare genetic diseases from the Sanofi Genzyme specialty care portfolio. Diversification will bring Waterford’s number of products from eight at present to 17 in 2020. Overall the judges found Sanofi Waterford to be a strong local team with an innovative management approach.

Photo: Nicola Byrne, President, Irish Exporters Association; Alois Villeger, Head of Supply Chain, Sanofi Waterford; Brendan Dixon, Operations Manager, Dixon International Logistics. 

Exporter of the Year, Irish Dog Foods

Export Industry Award 2017 Exporter of the Year Irish Dog FoodsOverall Exporter of the Year 2017, Irish Dog Foods is a pet food manufacturer in own-label and branded products for pet speciality retailers, wholesalers and discounters across the globe and have expanded their production facilities in Naas to over 220,000 sq feet increasing production capacity by 350% in 18 months. Irish Dog Foods recognised that the key to the success of its growth strategy was to concentrate on growing their export markets. The company was and continues to be a key supplier to many retailers who have a presence in multiple-markets. Based on their record of service, quality and value they have been able to open new markets with these customers one region after the other.

Photo: M.C. Mario Rosenstock, Liam Queally, Managing Director, Irish Dog Foods, Beatrice Cosgrove, General Manager Ireland, Etihad Airways and Nicola Byrne, President, Irish Exporters Association. 

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, Nicola Byrne, President of the Irish Exporters Association said:

The Export Industry Awards began in 2001 and has gained momentum year on year. The 2017 Awards has seen the biggest and the most competitive year yet with more unique applications than ever before. Our Independent Judging Panel was particularly impressed with the competitiveness of the applications and the international opportunities companies from Ireland are winning.

We are delighted to announce Irish Dog Foods as the winner of the Overall Exporter of the Year 2017. The judges found Irish Dog Foods had an impressive innovation and growth strategy. They displayed a customer focused approach with a wide range of products and markets. Their focus on design thinking and innovation is unique in pet food manufacturing and their long term sustainability is based on bringing innovation to their customers coupled with a very real passion and love of dogs.”

The Export Industry Awards 2017 is supported by a number of corporate and industry sponsors. Platinum Sponsors: Bank of IrelandEtihad AirwaysKPMGUCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and supportive Category sponsors Bord BiaDixon International LogisticsEnterprise IrelandFacebookGS1 IrelandIrish Maritime Development Office and media partner The Times.

Full List of the 2017 Export Industry Award Categories & Winners

Exporter of The Year 2017 sponsored by Etihad Airways Winner: Irish Dog Foods, Kildare

Medium Size Exporter of the Year Award, sponsored by Bank of Ireland Winner: Irish Dog Foods, Kildare Shortlisted: Abcon Industrial Products Ltd, Cavan; BHSL Hydro, Limerick; CupPrint, Clare; eShopWorld, Dublin; Trend Technologies, Westmeath

Export Innovation of the Year Award, sponsored by KPMG Winner: Ribworld, Tipperary Shortlisted: Aalto Bio Reagents, Dublin; Abcon Industrial Products Ltd, Cavan; Combilift, Monaghan; Crospon, Galway; Global Shares, Cork; Medentech, Wexford; Ventac, Wicklow

Services Exporter of the Year sponsored by UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Winner: Ventac, Wicklow Shortlisted: Adams & Butler,Dublin; Deinternational, Dublin; Digisoft, Cork; Elavon Freight Payment, Dublin; Eolas International Ltd, Cork; TradeCert, Galway; UrbanVolt, Dublin

Food & Drink Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Bord Bia Winner: Irish Distillers, Dublin Shortlisted: Dawn Farms, Kildare; Good4U, Sligo; Ornua Co-operative Limited, Dublin; Ribworld, Tipperary; Silver Hill Farm, Monaghan; Swift Fine Foods, Monaghan; The Little Milk Co, Waterford

Life Sciences Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Dixon International Logistics Winner: Sanofi Waterford, Waterford Shortlisted: Aalto Bio Reagents, Dublin; CLIRIINX - Clinical Research IT, Dublin; Crospon, Galway; Diaceutics, Louth; Moll Industries Ireland Ltd, Donegal; PolyPico Technologies, Galway; Trend Technologies, Westmeath

High Potential Exporter Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland Winner: Broderick's Brothers, Dublin Shortlisted: Adams & Butler, Dublin; Aphix Software, Louth; Joulica, Galway; LearnUpon Limited, Dublin; Nutritics, Dublin; STAYHOLD Ltd, Dublin; Vision Built Manufacturing Ltd, Galway

Small & Emerging Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Facebook Winner: Diaceutics, Louth Shortlisted: BFree Foods LTD, Dublin; HealthBeacon, Dublin; HTE Engineering Services, Meath; The Handmade Soap Company, Meath; The Little Milk Co, Waterford; The Packaging Hub Ireland Limited, Waterford; Ventac, Wicklow

Multinational Exporter of the Year, sponsored by GS1 Ireland Winner: Bausch + Lomb Ireland, Waterford Shortlisted: Irish Distillers, Dublin; Portwest, Mayo; Sanofi Waterford, Waterford

Maritime Services Company of the Year, sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office Winner: Irish Continental Group, Container & Terminal Division

Technology Exporter of the Year Winner: eShopWorld, Dublin Shortlisted: Ding, Dublin; Exaxe, Dublin; Excelsys Technologies Limited, Cork; LearnUpon Limited, Dublin; Scurri, Wexford; Smarttech247, Cork; TransferMate, Kilkenny

Logistics & Supply Chain Company of the Year Winner: Dixon International Logistics, Dublin Shortlisted: Kuehne + Nagel, Dublin; McArdle Skeath, Louth Nolan Transport, Wexford O'Leary InternationalULC, Wexford; Post Logistics, Dublin; TradeCert, Galway

For Further information contact:

Fiona Burke, Communications, Events & Public Affairs Officer, Irish Exporters Association T: 01 6424171 / 087 142 3310 E: