1 December 2006

Opus International Chief Executive, Dr Kevin Thompson, speaking from Brisbane today said he was delighted that the company had won both the category Service Exporter Award and the overall Supreme Exporter Award - part of the suite of annual awards made by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

"As a company we have focussed the growth of our business on off-shore markets, and in particular the UK, Canada and Australia where we have increased our export revenue from $12million to $37 million in less than two years," said Dr Thompson.

"We have found a niche market particularly in transportation asset management in these countries and we are now expanding our capability through a phase of organic growth and through a series of acquisitions, seeking to further grow our business in these countries. One of our key strengths is our local office model, and based on our success in New Zealand we are now applying this model internationally, operating multiple, small, locally-focussed offices, which are supported by our larger offices in the main centres where we have specialist capabilities. Typically our competitors only have one or two main offices. By operating in this manner we are able to get close to our clients and really understand their needs."

"We see our future and our growth in these countries in addition to our strong position in New Zealand."

"Being recognised with these awards reflects I believe the efforts we have put in to our off-shore operations and in particular the efforts of our people who have done the hard yards. Together we have put a lot of effort into gaining new business. This has been achieved through the skills and experience of our people and is a particular strength, and the marketing point of difference of Opus."

"I commend NZ Trade and Enterprise and DHL for organising these awards - now in its fortieth year. We are proud to be the winner of the Supreme Award."

For further information please contact:

Dr Kevin Thompson
Chief Executive
Opus International Consultants
Tel: 021 669254

Or

James Phillis
General Manager, International Operations
Opus International Consultants
Tel: 021 400674

Or

Richard Silcock
Marketing Services & Corp Communications Manager
Opus International Consultants
Tel: +64 4 4717047