Pivoting from in person display homes to 3D walkthroughs during the pandemic has paid off for Victorian company, iBuild Kit Homes, which is now a finalist in the Australian Export Awards.

Managing director Jackson Yin explained that through necessity during the pandemic his company decided to expand its digital presence and introduce a series of virtual reality 3D showrooms.

“The online investment immediately bore fruit with a multi-million-dollar contract in Senegal contributing to a German foreign aid project,” Mr Yin said.

With annual revenue surging by 816 per cent, tapping into the African market in particular has proved a lucrative move, with the added selling point of “Australian-made” helping to boost interest.

“International clients know the rigours of Australian design and construction standards, they know how strict our consumer laws are and the quality of our manufacturing,” Mr Yin said. 

“We start every sentence saying ‘Australian Made’ because we know the power that claim has.

The company offers a range of modular and kit homes, designed to be cheap and super fast to construct, however Mr Yin says the growth would not have been possible without the recent push into developing online services.

iBuild Kit Homes will first compete against fellow finalists in the Small Business category, before an overall 2021 Australian Exporter of the Year is selected from each of the category winners. The overall winner will be announced on 25 November.

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