Waikato companies feature in Export finals

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CAPTION: From left, Mark Evans, Endace Technology, Sneha Tiwary and Sandy Mathur from Helix Flight Manufacturing Machines Ltd, Chris Gardener, David Hallett and Jeremy Hughes from Company-X, Sharon Robertson, ExportNZ Waikato executive officer, Carey West from Loadscan, Angela and Rodney Sharp from Progress Equipment Ltd and Niall Fuller from Hunter Filling Systems. A Gallagher Group representative was not in the photo.


Seven Waikato companies are finalists at the 2018 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards in Auckland in June.

The Waikato finalists include heavyweights Gallagher Group (Westpac Best Large Business for Goods category) and Company-X (BDO Best Medium Business for Services). Others are Helix Flight Manufacturing Machines, Progressive Hydraulics and Loadscan (DHL Best Emerging Business for Goods) and Hunter Filling Systems and (Ports of Auckland Best Medium Business for Goods) and Endace Technology Limited (Baldwins Intellectual Property Excellence in Innovation).

Helix Flight Manufacturing Machines Limited specialises in producing machines to manufacture sectional helix forming machines. These are used in the production of augers, screw conveyors, agitators, and many other screw flighted products. Its world leading technology “Manufacturing Machinery” and “Design Software” enables the flexible design and manufacture of highly accurate flights.

Gallagher Group Limited is a global leader in designing ground-breaking animal management, security and fuel systems solutions. As a successful private company in New Zealand, Gallagher employs more than 1000 staff worldwide throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand Bloodstock is a leading thoroughbred bloodstock company servicing an international customer base through its auction house, airfreight, insurance, and finance operations. New Zealand thoroughbreds perform at the highest levels in all major racing jurisdictions and NZB’s Karaka Sales Centre is renowned as the primary source of these champion racehorses.

Loadscan Limited enables industry to accurately manage loads instead of relying on weight or guesswork. Its system delivers insightful data including 3D load profiles, from a single drive-through scan.

Progressive Hydraulics Limited specialises in design, manufacture and installation of simple to complex hydraulic industrial and mobile systems. The Hamilton-based company claims its patented SharpGrade, ScapeRake and Katipo are simple, easy to use with low operating costs and exported worldwide.

Company-X is a fast-growing software specialist company which designs and develops bespoke software solutions. Clients include large, multi-national, businesses headquartered overseas. It is ranked on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2017 index of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in the region. Hunter Filling Systems Limited has been designing and manufacturing liquid and powder filling systems for more than 55 years. It also provides heat sealing, lidding, cap tightening and container handling equipment. Hunter Fillers are simple to operate, easy to clean, fast and accurate. It prides itself on its after sales service, maintenance and reconditioning.

Overall, there are 27 finalists in seven categories (see below) from 25 companies headquartered in Auckland and Waikato. Seven of the finalist companies are from Waikato.

“I’m delighted with the diverse range of finalists we have in this year’s awards. It’s important we take time to celebrate and acknowledge the success of our exporters,” says Catherine Lye, ExportNZ Auckland manager.

“Our awards showcase a cross-section of some of our most ingenious and innovative businesses in the export sector,” says Sharon Robertson, ExportNZ Waikato manager.

The variety of companies named as finalists demonstrate the vibrancy of the export sector.

From primary industry to tourism, manufacturing and high-tech services, judges were impressed with the calibre and range of companies which made it through to be finalists.

This year, the category winners from the respective ExportNZ regional awards programmes automatically qualify for entry into the New Zealand International Business Awards (NZIBA), run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).

The collaboration between NZTE and ExportNZ will create a cohesive and exciting programme of awards for 2018, culminating in the NZIBA at the end of the year.

ExportNZ Auckland and ExportNZ Waikato are divisions of the Employers and Manufacturers Association. The 2018 awards will be presented at a black-tie gala dinner on Thursday, June 28 in Auckland.

The other two categories are the Air New Zealand Cargo Supreme Winner (selected from the winners of award categories 1-6) and the Auckland International Airport Exporters Champion (for exemplary services to export), which are announced at the awards evening in June.

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