Alltech, the bioscience company with its European headquarters outside Dunboyne, has been named International Irish Company of the Year in Asia-Pacific at the Business & Finance Asia-Pacific Ireland Business Awards which took place during the third annual Asia-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok, Thailand.
The global animal health company was recognised for outstanding commercial success and sustainable growth over the last decade, as well as high levels of innovation, ethics and corporate social responsibility within the Asia-Pacific region.
The awards were organised 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 TD and Tánaiste, Dick Spring, chaired the judging panel, which was 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 honoured to be the first recipients 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, co-ordinated by the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce, serves as a business networking event for representatives from the 11 business groups in the region.
Founded by Irish scientist, Dr Pearse Lyons, in 1980, Alltech has over 1,800 employees and operates in 113 countries across the globe. Alltech's European Bioscience Centre is located at Sarney, Dunboyne. The facility includes a research centre, the company's European marketing headquarters, a European IT department, a quality control department, a customer support centre, a distribution facility and a finance department.
Alltech has been in the Asia-Pacific market since 1986 through its first distributor in Japan and established its 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.
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.