The nominees for the World Trade Center Export Award Eastern Netherlands 2016 are Esschert Design, Xsens Technologies and Yalp. The prize is handed out on a yearly basis to a company or organization that distinguished themselves in the field of internationalization. The granting of the prize takes place on the 27th of October shortly after the International Business Forum in the Metropool, Hengelo. Prospects are invited to attend the ceremony, the entrance is free of charge.


The nominees:

  • Esschert Design in Enschede is specialized in the development of collections that are related to gardening and nature. Esschert Design creates leading concepts in the branch that focusses on for instance wild birds and animals, outdoor fireplaces, gardening for kids, and working in the garden.
  • Xsens, established in Enschede, is the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology and products. Its sensor fusion technology enables a seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world in consumer devices and professional applications such as 3D character animation, motion analysis, and industrial control & stabilization.
  • Yalp in Goor is a distributor of sport- and play appliances around the world. Yalp creates inspiring surroundings which challenges young and old people to start exercising, but in which it mostly focusses on having fun.


Incentive prize

As in the foregoing years the incentive prize will be awarded to a starter on the international  market. This starter will be announced on the night of the Export Award Eastern Netherlands. Last year this prize was awarded to Triboform and in 2014 to Hellen van Rees.



The jury focusses mainly on export strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, ambition, vision and results in order to make the selection of the nominees. The jury chairman is Ms.  Louise van Weerden, lecturer International trade for SME’s at Saxion. The other members of the jury are Mr.  Albert van Aggelen, manager engineering at Siemens Hengelo and Mr. Mark Kroese, sales manager export at Trioliet, the winner of the Export Award in 2015.


Previous winners

The WTC Export Award  Eastern Netherlands is an initiative of the Business Clubs of WTC Twente and Arnhem-Nijmegen. The editions of 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 were respectively won by Trioliet in Oldenzaal, SES Creative in Enschede, Easy Sanitary Solutions in Oldenzaal, PM Aerotec in Hengelo, HoSt in Enschede, Tyro Remotes in Almelo, Safretti in Haaksbergen and Hess AAC in Enschede.


Ceremony 27th of October for all prospects

The ceremony will take place on the 27th of October shortly after the International Business Forum in the Metropool located in Hengelo and starts at 18.00 hours. This year the prize will be awarded by Mr. Geert Braaksma, chairman of the Twente Board. Prospects are invited to attend the ceremony  of the Export Award. Subscription is not obligatory but is desired and can be done via:


For more information:

Ms. Louise van Weerden (Saxion)

Chairman jury WTC Export Award Eastern Netherlands

Tel. +31 (0)6 53170510


Mr. Freerk Faber

Managing Director World Trade Center Twente

Tel. +31 (0)74 2915604


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