With its innovative ignition system for water heaters, Towngas won the Grand Award in the Innovation and Creativity category at this year’s Hong Kong Awards for Industries.
Towngas, formally known as The Hong Kong and China Gas Company, was awarded at a ceremony on 2 December along with eight other companies in recognition of their exceptional achievements in the Innovation and Creativity category.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Salina Yan, Director-General of Trade and Industry at the Trade and Industry Department, congratulated winners across the Award’s seven categories. She expressed her admiration for their tenacity and resolve in pursuing excellence.
“I am delighted that these companies have continued to make innovation and technology a cornerstone in their corporate strategy to enhance their competitiveness,” Yan said.
“This is exemplified in the rise of smart factories where cutting-edge technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence are increasingly applied to the shop floor.
“At the same time, innovative and creative approaches are being developed to sustain and grow corporate brands. Such achievements are emblematic of the enterprising and resourceful spirit that Hong Kong businesses are renowned for.”
The Chamber organizes the Innovation and Creativity category of the Awards. This year’s nine winners were selected by the HKGCC Judging Panel and Assessment Team after carefully going through 34 entries received in this category. The nine companies were then submitted for endorsement by the Final Judging Panel, chaired by Professor Way Kuo, President of City University of Hong Kong.
The nine winners comprised businesses from diverse industries such as public utility, banking, printing, technology and telecommunications, reflecting how innovation and creativity are key for growth and success across all sectors.
Chamber Chairman Aron Harilela congratulated all the winners.
“Hong Kong has shown time and time again that it has the will and capability to develop innovative solutions to address emerging markets and capture new opportunities,” he said.
“This is evident from this year’s Award entrants, who have displayed a range of ideas and concepts that are simultaneously unique, interesting and inspiring. More importantly, these are market-proven and commercially viable. I applaud the winners for their vision, courage and efforts to bring their ideas to life.”
The Hong Kong Awards for Industries is the city’s premier business awards scheme and is championed by the HKSAR Government. This year, 73 winners were selected from a total of 231 entries received under the seven categories of Consumer Product Design, Equipment and Machinery Design, Customer Service, Innovation and Creativity, Smart Productivity, Technological Achievement, and Upgrading and Transformation.