One of the great things about Australian exporters is their resilience and sense of determination. Armidale’s ICT International has exhibited those two admirable traits in being awarded a Highly Commended in the category of Agribusiness in the 2013 NSW Premiers Export Awards last week.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition”, said ICT International’s CEO, Mrs Susan Cull. “We recognised the need to innovate to produce new scientific instruments needed by scientists to better understand how plants respond to the environment. For the last 8 years ICT International dedicated 20% of annual turnover to an innovation program involving product research and design, cutting edge engineering design and the development of manufacturing and assembly capability. In the last four years ICT International has gone from being a net importer of soil and plant science instrumentation to a net exporter of its own ICT International product – Australian IP and Australian engineering- whilst located regionally in Armidale, NSW. Over 60% of total sales are generated by export income as we export annually to over 45 countries worldwide.”
The unique signature ICT International products resulting from the innovation program are the Digital Sap Flow Meter, The Digital Stem Psychrometer and an environmentally sealed, low-power data logging platform. This family of new scientific instruments are being used by scientists worldwide to solve the ever increasing problem of limited water resource and the effects of water shortage in our natural environment. Examples include monitoring Boreal forests as the permafrost melts in the Arctic Circle, measuring sap flow in trees to select more drought tolerant species, in Peru, measuring soil moisture to increase citrus production in the Middle East, to measuring the effects of climate change on forests in Latvia.
Ian Murray, Executive Chairman of the Export Council of Australia said “Last night in Sydney the state’s best of the best exporters were rewarded for excellence at the NSW Premier’s NSW Export Awards. The Premier’s NSW Export Awards showcased the state’s best of the best exporters, in front of an audience of over six hundred guests and Guest of Honour the Hon Andrew Stoner, Deputy Premier of NSW. This year’s awards showcased some truly innovative companies, particularly in all export sectors and we congratulate ICT International on their success.”
A thorough detailed understanding of plant response to water and the environment was developed from years working as a scientist and cotton consultant by Dr Peter Cull, Managing Director of ICT International. This field experience and the appreciation of its scientific and commercial value have been transferred into instrumentation by engaging with the leading scientists in this field in Australia and internationally and experienced Australian engineers to develop the products.
The applications knowledge and experience of ICT International combined with scientific collaboration builds solutions that are recognised as world’s best and hence sought after by leading scientists worldwide.