Award gives dental product producer something to smile about
IT WAS appropriate that Erik Leinius flashed his pearly whites at the Alstonville Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce Business and Community awards presentation.
Mr Leinius smiled as he was pleased the company he represented won the chamber's Business of the Year Award, and flashing his teeth gave some hint as to what the business does.
Mr Leinius said many people thought the business, which was established 31 years ago, was a dental practice, but that's not the case.
Based in the Russellton Industrial Estate, Troll Dental distributes and manufactures dental equipment and products for customers around Australia and in New Zealand.
"It's a total honour," Mr Leinius said after being presented with the award on Saturday night.
The business, which employs eight people at Alstonville, is a subsidiary of a Swedish company, but Mr Leinius said it operated in Australia with a high level of autonomy.
It was established by Swedish dentist Hans Ravik who had moved to Alstonville yet saw that Australian dentists were missing out on some high-tech dental equipment like that used in Sweden.
Mr Ravik saw an opportunity and set up the distribution and manufacturing business.
Much of the equipment Troll Dental manufactures is used by dentists, but they also make things like specialised toothbrushes for the public.
Troll Dental also is involved with a recycling program instigated by Finnish company LM Instruments.
The deal is dentists can recycle used equipment and receive 30% off new gear - 15% offered by LM Instruments and 15% offered by Troll Dental.
Mr Leinius said some of the equipment recycled was still able to be used so Troll Dental then handed it on to dentists working in places like outback Australia and others travelling to disadvantaged countries.
Ninety people attended the chamber of commerce's second annual awards night, held at the Alstonville Plateau Bowls and Sports Club.
Cafe/Restaurants and Hospitality: Orio Cafe Patisserie and Bar
Accommodation: Pines on the Plateau
Attractions: Amaze 'n' Place
Artist Business: Del Strong Art
Personal/Health and Beauty Services: Wollongbar Pharmacy
Professional Services: One Agency Manwarring Property Group
Manufacturing and Industry: Troll Dental
Retail: Duck Creek Mountain Travel
Trade Services: HNT Gordon and Co Classic Plane Makers
Home-based Business: Zest Magazine
Business Community: Ability Incorporated Advisory Service
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