The award was also in recognition of NEC’s further contributions of nearly half a century to Australia’s ICT industry.
The Investment Award, a part of the Australian Export Awards, recognises the achievements that leading Australian companies have made to improve Australia’s global competitiveness.
Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment, Steven Ciobo, presented the award to NEC’s chief operating officer, Mike Barber, this week during a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.
He said NEC had invested more than $200 million in Australia over the past 15 years, including its Melbourne-based R&D facilities, the $4.8 million NEC Global Security Intel Centre in Adelaide, and a $40 million investment in New South Wales’ Illawarra region at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus.
“At a time when the value of international trade is being questioned, we’re living proof it has a positive impact,” said Barber.
“The mutual support from Australia and Japan allows us to create value through sharing knowledge in a way that delivers benefits to everyone through innovation that boosts value and drives down costs.”
A statement from NEC says that NEC Australia won the Investment Award on the merits of its “lasting contributions to Australia and the fact it introduced innovate business practices and technologies”.
“It also stood out as a company with strong corporate governance and as a company that helps Australia become part of a global supply chain in a high-value market.”
Barber also noted that since opening its doors in Australia in 1969, NEC Australia’s headcount had grown from a modest five to more than 1800 today, and the company has also transformed from a telephony company to a fully-fledged IT services firm that provides critical support from the remote regions in the Northern Territory to Melbourne.