The awards were organized by Business & Finance magazine in association with the Asia-Pacific Irish Business Forum and the Ireland China Association and are Asia’s only Irish-focused business awards. Former T.D. and Tánaiste Dick Spring chaired the judging panel which comprised a number of business leaders with links to Ireland and the Asia-Pacific region.
Accepting the award on Alltech’s behalf, Orla McAleer, Alltech’s Asia-Pacific marketing manager said: “We are deeply honored to be the first recipient of this prestigious award. Alltech entered the Asia-Pacific market in 1986 and since then the region has made a significant contribution to our global success. We look forward to ongoing expansion and growth in Asia-Pacific and continuing to work with our customers, colleagues and associates and to promoting science and education as well as constantly advocating safety, quality and traceability in our industry."
The annual Asia-Pacific Business Forum, coordinated by the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce, serves as a business networking event for representatives from the 11 business groups in the region.
Headquartered in Nicholasville, Kentucky and founded by Irish scientist Dr. Pearse Lyons in 1980, Alltech has over 1,900 employees and operates in 113 countries across the globe.
Alltech has been in the Asia-Pacific market since 1986 through their first distributor in Japan and established their first Asian office in Beijing, China in 1994. The company currently has offices in 16 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, including the Asia-Pacific Bioscience Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. 20% annual growth has been predominately organic with expected regional sales of over $100 million in 2009.
Alltech’s natural solutions are scientifically proven to enhance health and performance when added to the diets of ruminants, poultry, pigs, horses, aquatic animals and companion animals. The company’s mission is to improve animal health and performance by adding nutritional value to feed naturally.
For further information on the awards visit: www.businessandfinanceasiaawards.com
Pictured from left to right: Liam Casey, PCH International (winner, International Irish Business Person of the Year); Orla McAleer, Asia-Pacific Marketing Manager, Alltech (winner, International Irish Company of the Year in Asia-Pacific); and Liam O’Keeffe, Property Care Services Ltd (winner, Outstanding Achievement in Business Award)