HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 25, 2008 – Intergraph® has been selected by the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) to receive its prestigious Global Trade Award for 2008. The annual NAITA Global Trade Award honors a North Alabama company or organization for dedication to international trade development.
“The people of Intergraph are honored to be recognized by NAITA for their contribution to international trade,” said Intergraph President and CEO Halsey Wise. “We are proud to play a dynamic role here in Huntsville and around the world in continuing to grow and develop exceptional innovations to serve our customers globally.”
Since its founding in 1969, Intergraph has grown into an international corporation with 3,800 employees and the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Today more than 50 percent of Intergraph’s business is outside the U.S. Most of that international business is conducted through regional Intergraph offices, while some is performed in conjunction with an international network of distributors. Software developed by Intergraph in Madison County is currently being used on the largest industrial projects in the world, such as to design power plants in China and in shipbuilding in Korea, to protect borders, such as by the German Border Police, and to protect entire countries, such as fire and police protection in New Zealand.
Intergraph exports software and support services for incident management and emergency response; national security; plant design and engineering; geospatial data collection and analysis; life cycle management; marine design and engineering; and resource, infrastructure and facilities management.
Export compliance is an area that requires constant vigilance and employee training, and NAITA training opportunities have been very helpful in developing and maintaining the company’s proper processes, safeguards and employee awareness. With some technologies, import and re-export is a requirement. Intergraph imports hardware and software technology from the European Union that is then re-exported to Asia, for example. Compliance with both US and EU regulations is essential in such cases.
Another challenge is the increased global nature of competition, including not only competition for customers, but also for talent. Intergraph has been successful in attracting superior talent in key areas and managing that talent in a virtual 24x7 global teamwork environment. Intergraph is involved in several community and volunteer activities, as well as being involved in trade promotion, education and awareness.
Intergraph has been an active supporter of NAITA as a sustaining member and active participant – and through Board participation. Numerous Intergraph employees have graduated from Leadership Huntsville/Madison County’s leadership programs and have gone on to serve on several non-profit boards involved with community support and economic development, including NAITA. Intergraph also hosts an annual customer conference in the US that showcases its technology and attracts 2,500 individuals from around the globe.
About NAITA – Building a Globally Competitive Community
The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) is a business-driven organization committed to increasing knowledge, interest, and activity in international trade in North Alabama. NAITA’s mission is to promote economic growth through international trade education, training, and networking. Established in 1983 and incorporated as a non-profit membership organization in 1986, NAITA currently has more than 500 members. Further information on NAITA is available at www.naita.org.
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
Executive Director, Corporate Communications
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