WTC Twente Export Award 2015 is awarded to Trioliet from Oldenzaal on 14th October 2015 in Metropool, Hengelo. Trioliet is a unique complete provider of premium feeding machines for dairy farms.  The another two nominees were Huka (Oldenzaal) en Schuitemaker (Rijssen).  The Encouragement Award goes to TriboForm Engineering (Enschede). 

The WTC Twente Export Award is an initiative by WTC Twente Business Club, specially awarded to company that has distinguished itself in the field of internationalization and this has been held every year since 2000. The jury consists of chairman Louise van Weerden (Lecturer International Trade for SME’s at Saxion University of Applied Sciences), Helga Zevenbergen (Director of SES and Winner of the WTC Export Award 2014) and Dick Hoekstra (Export Sales Director Twentse Kabelfabriek BV).

‘Trioliet distinguished themselves in several ways. The vision of entrepreneurship, the manner of innovation, the fact that Trioliet is also succesful outside of Europe, in countries where it is not easy to do business.’ –  The Chairman of the jury, Louise van Weerden.

‘We are very proud.  We see this as a stimulant to doing business across borders.  It has not been an easy way but it is neccessary for business expansion.’ – The Director of Trioliet, Robert Liet. 

It had been a tough time to select an award winner. 3 companies were nominated and they had a chance to give a presentation during the finale at Metropool. Besides Trioliet, Huka from Oldernzaal that delivers mobility and rehabilitation products and Schuitenmaker from Rijssen that manufactures agricultural machines and offers winter service solutions are also nominated. However, Trioliet shows an exceptional business accomplishment in terms of export strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship, ambition, vision and achievement.

These three nominated companies received free membership in WTC Twente Business Club which have more than 160 companies now.  Trioliet was given an award as well as a market analysis in a country of their choice, offered by Saxion and WTC Twente. The prize was awarded by the Turkish Consulate General in the Netherlands, Mr. Zafer Ates.  He expects more business opportunities between Dutch and Turkish companies in the future especially in sustainable energy market. Given that there are many knowleadgable Twentse companies in this specific field.

TriboForm Engineering, located in Enschede, is the winner of the Starters International Business Award 2015. This young company from Enschede develops software for the simulation of friction, lubrication and wear in production processes. They deliver easy-to-use software for the automotive and metal processing industry. The Volvo Car Group and Daimler AG are, amongst other companies, customer of TriboForm Engineering.

‘Our ambitions are big and the encouragement prize can certainly help to fulfill these ambitions.’ – says The Director of TriboForm Engineering, Jan Harmen Wiebenga. TriboForm Engineering receives support for the internationalisation activities from WTC-Twente by means of a coaching program for international entrepreneurship.

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