On December 6th, the Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SIEPA) presented the 2012 Best Exporter award to Vrsac-based Hemofarm, which markets its products in 30 countries on three continents. On that occasion, SIEPA also presented awards in four more categories.
The SIEPA award in the SME category went to Kragujevac-based Gomma Line, which produces rubber and technical parts for motor vehicles and exports them to the markets of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Germany, France and former Yugoslav republics.
Special awards in this category were presented to the following companies: Kuc Company from Kragujevac - the manufacturer of milk and dairy products, Metech from Smederevo - the exporter of semi-finished products made of all types of sheet metal, Ming from Belgrade - the exporter of products for the railway and automotive industries, Termovent SC from Temerin - the manufacturer of industrial armature, and Wizard from Belgrade - the exporter of wooden packaging.
Kirka-Suri from Belgrade won the award in the Best Export Product category for its steam boiler plant powered by wheat hay, which is the first product of that kind in Serbia.
Topola-based Podrum Aleksandrovic, which managed to export its wines to China this year, won the award for conquering a new market.
A special award for the best woman entrepreneur, which SIEPA presents for the second time, went to Lidija Nikolic from Knjazevac-based S.C.S. Plus, which produces seats, rests and bodies of compressed beech veneer and exports them to Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Sponsors of this year's SIEPA Exporter of the Year awards ceremony are: Komercijalna Banka, which presented Gomma Line with a check for EUR 10,000, DHL International Beograd, which will provide EUR 10,000 worth of freight transportation services to Podrum Aleksandrovic, and Orange Studio, which will design a EUR 10,000 promotional marketing campaign for Kirka-Suri.
This year's awards ceremony was held at Metropol Hotel and was attended by Finance and Economy Minister Mladjan Dinkic, German Ambassador to Serbia Heinz Georg Wilhem, State Secretary Jasna Matic, Ivana Petrovic from the Serbian Association of Exporters, and SIEPA Director Bozidar Laganin.