A seventh-generation family owned manufacturer, an Israeli maker of water-treatment systems and the operator of Logan Airport were named winners today of the 2015 AIM International Business Council Global Trade Awards.
Hollingsworth & Vose Company of East Walpole; Desalitech, which maintains its North American headquarters in Newton; and Massport will be honored during the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Centennial Annual Meeting on May 8 in Boston. The meeting will include a keynote address by Governor Charles D. Baker.
The Global Trade Awards, now in their twentieth year, recognize Massachusetts companies and public agencies of all sizes that have demonstrated excellence in international trade.
“Massachusetts companies are key players in the global economy, offering innovative products and services produced in Massachusetts to markets across the globe,” said Richard Lord, president and CEO of AIM.
“From providing access to overseas markets with non-stop flights from Boston to offering new environmentally sensitive technologies and products that are critical to a variety of businesses, local companies have developed strategies to be successful globally.”
2015 Global Trade Award winners are:
Diplomat’s Award – Desalitech, Newton
Founded in 2008 in Israel, Desalitech produces high-efficiency water treatment systems to address the global challenge of water scarcity. The company's ReFlex (TM) Reverse Osmosis products feature patented technology that typically reduces water-treatment waste by 50-70 percent and energy consumption by up to 35 percent, saving significant operating costs for industrial and agricultural operations around the world. Desalitech systems are used for industrial water purification by Coca Cola in Asia, consumer-product manufacturing in Mexico, and beverage production in Africa. In Singapore and Israel, Desalitech products are used for water recycling.
Ambassador’s Award - Massport, Boston
Massport, an independent public aviation and port authority, owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Logan has added 19 new international non-stop flights during the past eight years, connecting the business community with clients and prospects overseas. New flights carry executives, tourists, university professors, hospital researchers, technology entrepreneurs and students from the commonwealth to fast-growing, emerging economies in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Increased international service also makes it easier for foreign companies and executives to visit and invest in Massachusetts.
Chairman’s Award - Hollingsworth & Vose Company, East Walpole
Hollingsworth & Vose Company is a global manufacturer of advanced materials used in filtration, battery and industrial applications. H&V's Massachusetts-made products can be found in filters for clean rooms, hospitals, computers, commercial buildings, homes, cars, trucks and heavy duty equipment, and also in batteries used in telecom and hybrid vehicles. Family-owned for seven generations, the company's origins can be traced back to 1728 when an "Act for the Encouragement of Papermaking" was passed by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The company operates 13 manufacturing plants in North America, Europe, India and China, supplying customers in over 75 countries.
The AIM International Business Council helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade and expand their global business activities.