Local industry leader lands $250,000 deal following trade mission

Published 11 September 2023

Mayor Peter Flannery and with the City of Moreton Bay team and New Zealand industry representatives

Moreton Bay business leaders have been making waves across the Tasman, with the City of Moreton Bay’s New Zealand trade missions helping a local industry innovator, EJ Australia, secure $250,000 in new business without even leaving their facility.

EJ Australia, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of service pit access solutions for water, sewerage, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide, represent the phenomenal work happening in our city.  

City of Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery was delighted to hear of EJ’s success.

"It is vital that we maintain strong relationships with New Zealand, not only to explore new business leads but to encourage international investment back into Moreton Bay.

"The trade missions allowed us to present local Brendale company EJ, to the Port of Auckland and other suppliers and I'm excited to hear they've secured over $250,000 worth of work as a direct result of our visit and introduction.

"I was fortunate to have visited EJ’s premises earlier in the year and I was blown away by their operations. Having seen them in action, I was confident they were a great representation of what Moreton Bay has to offer. When the opportunity arrived to introduce EJ to suppliers, it was an easy choice.

"There’s so much talent hidden in our suburbs. Moreton Bay is home to more than 31,000 businesses and we are dedicated to ensuring they have every chance to succeed and grow. These missions will continue to be a major pathway for Moreton Bay businesses to enter global markets and make their mark.”

General Manager of EJ in the Asia Pacific region, Simon Bottomley, praised Mayor Flannery’s invaluable support.

“Mayor Flannery has become one of our best export influencers. He was in the right place, met the right people, and confidently spoke about the benefits of partnering with Moreton Bay businesses. The Mayor’s enthusiasm when promoting local businesses was instrumental in securing this significant export supply contract for us,” he said.

Led by City of Moreton Bay, the New Zealand trade mission included five industry-leading companies, which met with a range of public sector and leading private sector companies in Auckland.

As City of Moreton Bay continues its journey to build a $40 billion economy by 2041, local businesses are encouraged to get involved in the many opportunities available.

With over 4000 new businesses created over the past two years, trade missions like these are vital in the creation of international avenues for local innovators.

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