Australian Embassy
The Philippines

MR150126: Australian companies and brands contribute to dynamic Philippine trade and economy

Australian companies and brands contribute to dynamic Philippine trade and economy

Australia’s deep and broad-based relationship with the Philippines encompasses not only development assistance, defence, security and people-to-people links, but includes trade and economic ties developed through decades of mutual cooperation and exchange.

Two-way trade between the two countries are valued at approximately A$3 billion per annum, with more than 200 Australian companies in the Philippines significantly contributing to the latter’s economic well-being. Their commercial and economic contributions involve employment for thousands of Filipinos, payment of local taxes, as well as the purchase and use of local materials, goods and services of domestic companies and individuals.

A number of these global Australian companies have thrown their support behind the Australia Day celebration this year and are helping to make the festival a success. These include ANZ, Aspen, Aurecon, Austal, Australian International School, Cardno, Crone Partners, IDP, Indophil Resources, Macquarie, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), OceanaGold, QBE, Site Skills and Telstra.

Global Aussie brands have also seen fit to enter the Philippine market and contribute to the local economy and the vibrant Pinoy lifestyle. Last Saturday, 24 January, the Celebrate Australia 2015 Community Fashion Show – highlight of this year’s festivities – was held at the Glorietta Activity Centre, featuring Australian fashion brands BYS Cosmetics, Cotton On, Ever New, Hoster and Rip Curl.

ANZ has been in the Philippines since 1990 and today services Institutional and Retail customers from its branch in Makati City. ANZ Philippines is a fully licensed universal bank providing domestic and foreign currency lending, trade and supply chain services, payments and cash management, foreign exchange, commodity and interest rate hedging products, debt capital markets, and retail banking services.

Aspen Philippines
Aspen Philippines Incorporated provides to both healthcare professionals and consumers a range of high quality and innovative ethical, OTC and consumer products. All of which are imported from the Group’s world-class manufacturing facilities in Malaysia, South Africa and Germany.

As one of the world’s leading engineering, management and technical services consultants, Aurecon is focused on adding significant value to our clients’ businesses and ensuring reliable, effective delivery of infrastructure and projects. Aurecon’s Philippines office was established to support our international development business across the Asia Pacific region. Aurecon has extensive experience in working with communities, organisations and governments to build local capacity, improve access to resources for communities and support the delivery of basic services and the development of infrastructure.

Austal is an Australian company that specialises in the design and construction of aluminium vessels. Its main products include passenger and freight ferries, luxury yachts and military vessels.

Australian International School (AIS)
The Australian International School (AIS) is a multi-disciplinary academic institution that specializes in bringing best practices in international education to the Philippines. Our goal is to have all our offered programs lead to or earn international certification or recognition.

The Australian International School provides the best of international education in a nurturing, student-centered environment across a wide range of programs.

Cardno is an ASX-200 professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno’s vision is to be a world leader in the provision of professional services to improve the physical and social environment.

Crone Partners
Crone Partners is an International Design and Consulting Firm working in markets across Australia, China, Asia, India and the Middle East. Our Mission, based on innovation, creative thinking and a sustainable environment, continues to lay the important foundations for the wellbeing of the Global community and its environment. We deliver Design Excellence appropriate to the needs of our clients. We embrace a collaborative approach, committing our highly experienced and well recognised Studio Leaders and their teams work closely with clients through innovative strategic thinking, allowing the team to balance sustainability, market awareness and design excellence.

IDP is a global leader in international student placement and co- owner of the world’s most popular English language test. IDP Philippines has been involved in education services for the Filipino people for almost 30 years. The main office is located in Makati with another branch in Cebu.

Indophil Resources
Indophil Resources, an Australian company, has been present in the Philippines since 1996. Its purpose and vision have been to explore for, acquire and develop gold and copper-gold opportunities in the Philippines. Its key minerals asset is the well-known and world-class Tampakan Copper-Gold Project in Mindanao, and as an entity Indophil holds a 37.5% interest in the deposit, along with global miner Glencore which holds the remaining beneficial interest. The joint venture company, Sagittarius Mines Inc., holds and manages the combined interest in the Tampakan deposit, with ownership of the actual deposit sitting with the Philippine Government on behalf of the people of the Philippines. Indophil is subject to a well-advanced takeover process by a subsidiary of the Philippine-based Alsons Group which is due for completion before the end of January 2015.

Macquarie Group is a global financial services provider. It acts primarily as an investment intermediary for institutional, corporate and retail clients and counterparties around the world. Macquarie’s diverse range of services includes corporate finance and advisory, equities research and broking, funds and asset management, foreign exchange, fixed income and commodities trading, lending and leasing and private wealth management.

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) delivers marketing and research and development services for Australia's cattle, sheep and goat producers. MLA creates opportunities for livestock supply chains from their combined investments to build demand and productivity.

OceanaGold is a significant multinational gold producer with four operating gold mines and a portfolio of development and exploration assets in the South Island of New Zealand and the northern Philippines.

QBE Group
QBE Insurance Group Limited is Australia's largest global insurer. It provides insurance services mainly to Australia, America, Europe and Asia Pacific region. As of 2014, it has over 16000 employees in 52 countries.

Site Skills Training
Site Skills Training, Philippines is part of Site Group International (ASX: SIT “Site”), an ASX listed company providing Australian accredited and non-accredited training programs that are specifically tailored to employer needs. Training is delivered through high quality facilities in the Philippines (Clark Freeport Zone) and in Australia. Our experienced team assesses, up-skills and trains industry experienced candidates in the mining & processing, oil & gas, construction, camp services, hospitality and logistic sectors.

Telstra is a leading telecommunications and Information services company headquartered in Australia with international operations based out of Hong Kong. Our success story comes from our deep understanding and experience in the Asian market for over 30 years. We consider Asia to be a key growth market – both for Telstra as well as our customers – due to the region’s vast economic potential.

Within the Philippines, Telstra has the flexibility, agility and expertise to serve customers operating within the region as well as businesses from Europe, the Americas and other global companies looking to expand into the country and wider Asia. Our operations in the Philippines serve both global enterprises and wholesale carrier businesses.

BYS Cosmetics is a fun, fashionable, luxurious and affordable cosmetics brand from Australia with innovative products that appeal to all ages. With a strong emphasis on fun and fashion, as well as sophisticated black styling, BYS continues to fill the void for innovative, good quality and great value cosmetics that everyone can afford.

BYS Cosmetics has one of the largest ranges of products in the Philippines, with more than 1,000 products available in all 128 Watson stores nationwide.

Cotton On strives to deliver the right product at the right price, ensuring it never fails to surprise and delight its customers. It is a focused, passionate and hand-on brand, with a goal to deliver on –trend basics, fast and fun fashion, while making sure some fun is had while doing it. Cotton On products are authentic, relaxed, on-trend, versatile and wearable.
Since opening in September 2012, there are now 21 Cotton On and six Cotton On Kids stores nationwide.

Ever New, the exciting women’s fashion brand from Melbourne, Australia, is your premier dress destination. Ever New celebrates the feminine beauty of women, a signature style flowing through every creative element and inspired by global trends in art, film, theatre and international haute couture runway shows.

Ever New currently has four retail boutique in Manila and one in Cebu
holster® is Australia’s leading jellies footwear brand, based in beautiful Noosa Beach, Australia. The company designs innovative women’s and children’s footwear covering for the beach and beyond.

The holster® shoe is of superior quality – embellished utilising striking A-grade jewels, studs and Swarovski® elements, whilst constructed with a unique focus on detail.

The holster® woman is an ethereal mix of down-to-earth glamour, beach-side romanticism and someone who smiles with the world; never taking life too seriously.
In the Philippines, holster® is available in all Shoe Salon outlets in Metro Manila and Pampanga.