Rakon took out the top award at the 2011 Hi-Tech Awards on Friday, winning the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Hi-Tech Company of the Decade Award.
The company also won the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year Award. Rakon designs and manufactures frequency control solutions and is headquartered in Auckland with manufacturing facilities in New Zealand, Europe, India and soon China.
The Hi-Tech Awards recognise excellence in New Zealand’s software, electronics, biotechnology, telecommunications and creative technology industries.
The Awards are judged by a panel of 48 local and 11 international judges including Dell founder Michael Dell, Cisco senior vice president Howard Charney, and World Economic Forum and the Strategic Management Society fellow Gary Hamel.
“You can build a great global company wherever you are,” said Cisco's Howard Charney at the Hi-Tech Awards. His advice is to aim for markets that are worth billions of dollars, surround yourself with people smarter than you are, and remember you will not have a successful company if you do not have successful customers.
The full list of winners is below:
NZTE Hi-Tech Company of the Decade
PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year 2011
NZX Hi-Tech Emerging Company 2011
Highly Commended: Biomatters
Ministry of Science and Innovation Best Hi-Tech Start-up 2011
NZMEA Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year 2011
Recruit IT Hi-Tech Employer of Choice Award 2011
Vodafone Most Innovative Product from an Emerging Market 2011 - Mobile Technologies
Duncan Cotterill Innovative Hi-Tech Software Product Award 2011
SERKO Highly Commended - Orion Health
HiFX Innovative Hi-Tech Services Product Award 2011
Dell Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award 2011
Tait Radio Communications Special industry award
Swaytech Hi-Tech Journalist Award 2011
Maxnet Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award 2011