With the Australian Business Awards taking place on Friday 23 March, 2018, AusCham will introduce the finalists in each of the five categories.

Today, we introduce the following finalists for the Award for Innovation: DEK Technologies, CBA Solutions,

DEKDEK Technologies

DEK Technologies is an R&D services company that provides end-to-end product development, support and maintenance services. We develop cutting-edge software and hardware solutions across a diverse range of technology sectors. Our team has extensive experience in a range of engineering disciplines, including software and embedded systems, real-time solutions, hardware design, web and mobile application development, telecoms and data communications. DEK Technologies provides some of the world’s largest technology companies with a sustained competitive advantage in the delivery of advanced R&D and maintenance.

By leveraging our center in Vietnam, our global business is steadily growing and based on excellent performance, continuous improvements in ways of working, quality and delivery, we were awarded Ericsson Global Supplier of the Year 2016; “For excellent Performance over time, with a clear ambition to be best in class in R&D Consultancy Services, always responsive and open to Ericsson’s requirements and needs in all aspects. Continuously improving the Agile & Lean ways of working and challenges Ericsson in a positive way. Responsible Sourcing is high on the agenda, doing admirable work through its DEK Foundation, supporting and giving back to local communities in Vietnam through contributions to hospitals and schools.

CBACBA Solutions

CBA Solutions is a newly established Vietnamese subsidiary, wholly owned by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Officially opened since February 2017, it was established as a regional digital development Centre of Excellence for the Commonwealth Bank’s International Digital Strategy.

Vietnam was selected from many other countries in the region due to its young entrepreneur and technology talent. Our mission in Vietnam is simple – to build world class financial solutions that are beautifully designed and initiative for our customers across the 4 continents that CBA International has a presence. The purpose of our solutions is to enable financial literacy and inclusion to the 2 billion population that don’t have easy access to everyday finance.

Today, CBA Solutions has grown to 80 strong team of software engineers, quality assurance, DevOps and Agilist. All whom has taken part in developing significant innovation of financial solutions into South Africa and Indonesia. By the end of 2018 we aim to grow to 130 staff in Vietnam as we continue to grow high technology capability and talent in Vietnam.

midway-metals-marine-logo-rgb-straplineMidway Metals

Midway Metals is committed to being at the forefront of the global marine stainless steel industry.

Based on provided specifications and tolerances, Midway Marine engineers, manufactures and delivers exceptional quality stainless steel components for yacht builders and marine component manufacturers. From the simple to the complex, they constantly strive for accuracy, consistency and authenticity in all aspects of their work.

Midway Metals provides Drafting, Design, Custom Made Manufacturing, Bill of Material Management Services, Minder Manufacturing IT Solutions, QA / QC Systems, Production Schedule Management, Boat Fits Stainless Steel Handling and Freight Forwarding.

Heart of DarknessHeart of Darkness

In it’s one year existence Heart of Darkness has gone from an unknown new comer on the craft beer scene to one of the leading and best known craft breweries in Vietnam.

It has brewed 110 different beer styles in its first year in business and  won a Gold Medal in the Asian Beer Cup for its Primeval Forest Pilsner, as well as Bronze Medals in the International Beer Cup for the Directors Cacao Porter and Eloquent Phantom Imperial Stout.

Heart of Darkness has accumulated over 31,000 followers on Facebook and has received “a lot of critical acclaim for our marketing drive, concepts and originality”.

In its first year in business, Heart of Darkness has maintained a 5 star rating on Trip Advisor.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)

Vietnam remains Australia’s second largest market for live animals and an iLiveCorp_MLA_Dual_logo_CMYKmportant alternative to Indonesia which continues to face commercial and political uncertainty. The Vietnamese market for Australian cattle started 4 years ago and grew rapidly to peak in approximately 360,000 head of cattle in CY 2015. Since then the trade has stabilised and is now going through a stage of maturing.

As an industry service body, MLA runs a program funded by Australian red meat producer levies (farmers) (through MLA) and levies from livestock exporters (through Livecorp).

Over the last 3 years MLA has had a permanent presence in Vietnam working to service the needs of Australian cattle exporters. The rapid growth of the Australian export industry to Vietnam has resulted in a massive shift from an industry (cattle industry) reliant completely on trading cattle to one with a commercial platform. This transition has been greatly assisted by the presence of MLA in market and development would not be as rapid without their ongoing support of industry development at all levels on both the Australian and Vietnamese sides.

Register for the ABAs 2018

  • To register for the Australian Business Awards on the 23 March 2018 at the Park Hyatt Saigon, click here.
  • To view the list of other finalists, click here.



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