Centor hat trick with Queensland Export Award win
22 October 2010
Centor, a Queensland-based window and door system innovator, last night made an award hat trick, winning the Queensland Premier's Export Award for Small to Medium Manufacturer.
Centor's hat trick comes after being the first company to ever win two awards at last week's Lord Mayor's Business Awards.
Centor managing director Nigel Spork said Centor's export growth throughout the global financial crisis allowed them to continue to invest heavily in innovation.
"Expanding into foreign markets gives us the resources to invest in innovation, which is what drives our success," he said.
"In 1998, Centor employed just 23 people. Thanks to over a decade of 30 per cent compounding growth, we now have 160 staff worldwide."
Mr Spork said the turning point for the company came in 1998 when Centor invented the modern weather-sealed bifold door.
"A few years later, we invested 40,000 hours of research and development into our insect screen for bifold-scale openings.
"Since my grandfather founded Centor in 1951, innovation has always been a core value.
"This award recognises the hard work that has gone into both our commitment to innovation and to building our international business," Mr Spork said.
Centor's largest export markets are the United Kingdom followed by the United States, with exports to Asia also strong.
Centor operates globally from headquarters in Brisbane, with regional headquarters in Birmingham (UK), Chicago (USA) and Nanjing (China). Centor previously won a Queensland Premier's Export Award in 2008.
This award is among several achievements for Centor this year.