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Written on the 21 July 2021 by Marshall Hall
Nerang-headquartered DockPro has sailed away with an innovation award.
DOCKPRO was named the winner of the Mayor's Innovation Award for June at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards presentation fittingly held at the Southport Yacht Club this week.
DOCKPRO, which was previously awarded the prestigious Miami International Boat Show award for Innovation in 2019, was set up in 2004 after engineer Allan Barber started selling his innovative dry-docking solution call SeaPen.
Mark Barber said the company, after having dominated the Australia and New Zealand markets, had decided in 2019 to expand to the USA, which represents 50 per cent of the global market.
"Our SeaPen product range is ideal for centre-console vessels between 45ft and 55ft in length and this matches a big percentage of the recreational boat market in the United States,'' said Mr Barber.
Mr Barber said the US growth had initially posed supply issues for the company and it had been looking at establishing a US-based factory.
"When we first started recording sales in the US, we could only ship 3-4 units in a shipping container,'' said Mr Barber.
As well as the Gold Coast and the US market, DockPro also has a network of warehouses and installer teams in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Auckland.
The awards, now in their 26th year, aim to foster pride in the city's business community and highlight its important as a business hub. Some of the city's best-known companies can claim to have been winners.
The awards' major sponsors include Dreamweavers, Mercedes Benz Gold Coast, Nuemann Steel, NuCrush Group, Neumann Contractors, Neumann Developments, QSuper, Study Gold Coast, City of Gold Coast, Choice Homes, MPM Property, Westpac, Harvey Norman Commercial Queensland, Optus Business Centre Gold Coast and Griffith University. The awards' media sponsors include the Gold Coast Bulletin, Nine NBN Television, 92.5 MMM and Hit 90.9.