Food processing and packaging equipment manufacturer tna is pleased to announce that its co-founders Alf and Nadia Taylor have been awarded with the 2018 Ethnic Business Award in the “Medium to Large Business” category.
Established in 1988, the Ethnic Business Awards are one of Australia’s longest running business awards and were founded to recognise and reward the contribution of migrants to the Australian economy. The award was presented to Alf and Nadia Taylor by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the 30th Ethnic Business Awards gala dinner. The couple was commended for their entrepreneurship, personal dedication, global economic success and their contribution to not only the Australian economy but also the community through their extensive philanthropic work.
“We’re truly honoured to have won such a prestigious award,” commented Nadia Taylor, Director and Co-Founder, tna. “When we first arrived in Australia, neither of us would have ever imagined that we would eventually turn our dream of owning our own business into a reality. We feel incredibly lucky to be one of Australia’s many migrant success stories and are truly grateful for the opportunities this country has offered us. There are so many phenomenal and innovative businesses out there that would have never been possible without the sheer dedication and determination of people from all parts of the worlds. All of them are proof that cultural diversity is a real asset to Australia and we feel very honoured to be part of this very special group of visionaries.”
Founded in 1982 by Alf Taylor, who immigrated to Australia from Scotland in 1966 and his wife Nadia, who arrived in Australia in the same year from her native Egypt, tna revolutionised the snack food industry by inventing the world’s first high-speed vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) packaging system. The company has since grown from Australian packaging pioneer into a global leader of food processing and packaging solutions with 30 sales and support offices around the world and over 14,000 systems installed across more than 120 countries.
This year, the Ethnic Business Awards had over 450 businesses nominated, resulting in 12 finalists in three different categories (Small Business, Medium to Large Business and Indigenous in Business). The annually held Ethnic Business Awards are televised nationally across Australia and are the country’s longest running business award on television.