(Sydney, 19 August 2015) For the second consecutive year Gratex International´s Australian branch has received two nominations at the Australian Insurance Awards, the most prestigious awards for Australian and New Zealand insurance industry.

Gratex has been nominated in two categories: Innovation of the Year and Service Provider to the Industry. “We are honored to be nominated again, to be recognized for our work and effort by the industry is a great achievement,” says Milan Neklapil, Managing Director of Gratex International Australia.

The nod for Innovation of the Year comes after the launch of UPM2, a comprehensive software solution suite. The end-to-end software solution for underwriting agencies is built on open source technology, which allowed Gratex to remove 3rd party licensing costs and make the software available to smaller agencies that could not previously afford ongoing license fees. According to Milan Neklapil, “After winning the Innovation of the Year Award last year it was pleasing to be nominated for the award again. I believe it shows that we are attentive to the needs of the industry and forward thinking in bringing new solutions and services to the market.”

Gratex received the nomination for Service Provider to the Insurance Industry for the second year running as recognition for the services it provides to customers and additional activities that benefit the industry. Customer satisfaction surveys, testimonials, staff development and training programs and activities demonstrating commitment to the Australian insurance industry such as industry surveys and free workshops performed by Gratex were all key considerations by the judges in selecting the finalists.

“To be recognized by the industry for the work we do is greatly appreciated. While customer satisfaction will always be our biggest motivator in providing the best service we can, the awards do play a role in driving us,” says Peter Dovhun, Managing Director & COO Gratex International.

On 2015 Australian Insurance Awards gala evening Gratex International sponsored the Insurance Leader of the Year category. Award to the winner Mike Wilkins (Insurance Australia Group) was handed over by Milan Neklapil, Managing Director of Gratex Australia. “Congratulations to the winner. We at Gratex are very pleased to be a part of such an amazing community,” Peter Dovhun said.

The awards, hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIF) and founding partner Asia Insurance Review (AIR), unite all sectors of the Australian and New Zealand insurance industry to celebrate the highest standards of excellence, practice and innovation achieved by companies, teams and individuals in the industry.