Lexel wins The Minister of Defence Award of Excellence to Industry
Auckland, 29 October, 2007
Lexel Chris Simpson and Nick Franzten accepting the award from the New Zealand Secretary of Defence John McKinnon.
Auckland technology integrator Lexel has taken top honours in The Minister of Defence Award of Excellence to Industry, for its work with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).
Earlier this month Lexel took home the service excellence award for the supply of equipment and services for Category B - contracts below $7 million. Lexel won the award ahead of five other nominated companies in Category B.
The integrator has worked with RNZN for the past 12 years, including contracts to supply IT infrastructure and services to Navy’s new $500 million seven-strong fleet – a competitive tender it won last year from prime contractor Australian firm Tenix Defence Pty.
Noel Simpson, Lexel general manager, says it was satisfying to beat mostly large competitors to win the award. “We’re big enough to do this sort of business – extremely well it seems – but not so big that we lose sight of the customer and our service sweet spot.”
RNZN Captain John Tucker, who nominated Lexel for the award, says the integrator stood out for its willingness to go the extra mile, skilled vendor negotiation and ability to integrate multiple manufacturers products into a single workable solution.
Simpson says his company’s service ethos was a factor in being recently awarded the ‘through-life’ support contract for IT services on all Navy vessels.
The company recently collected another supplier excellence award from client and retailer Stevens. “We bring the same level of care and attention to all our clients, across the board,” Simpson says.