Top gong for innovation

EMU HEIGHTS company Ensitech has won the 50th Australian Export Awards' small business category.

The six-year-old manufacturing firm also picked up the Premier's NSW Export Small Business Award and the NSW Business Chamber's Business of the Year and Roger Pysden Excellence in Innovation awards.

"It's been an exciting ride for the business," Ensitech's marketing manager David Cervi said.

"Exports make up 80 per cent of the business and include markets in 10 European countries, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Israel."

The company exports TIG Brushes which combine electric current, heat and low-toxicity chemicals to clean welds and protect metal surfaces from corrosion.

Company's founder Clive White began developing the TIG Brush in his Faulconbridge garage in 2002.

Ten years later his company sells TIG Brushes around Australia and across the world.

Mr Cervi said preventing corrosion was important in stainless steel fabrication because welding damaged the surface, leaving it vulnerable to rust and progressive deterioration.

Ensitech product manager Susan Howe said: "It's not just about keeping things looking nice. If food is in metal containers that get corrosion, it could be contaminated."

Mrs Howe said the company hoped to eventually break into the Chinese and American markets.

A proud Lindsay MP David Bradbury said Ensitech's national award was a great example of how Penrith companies can achieve great success on the global stage through innovation".

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