The High-Value Manufacturing Sector in New Zealand continues to increase its size and importance to the New Zealand economy.
Our goals and mission are aligned to the Government’s Business Growth Agenda, with our specific aims contributing to a doubling of business investment in research and development (R&D) by 2018 and solid growth in high-value manufactured exports by 2025.
We are proud of the part we have played in the last 12 months in supporting some of New Zealand’s most exciting and fastest growing companies in this sector. We seek feedback from our customers on how we have helped them. They report that with Callaghan Innovation’s assistance, they have developed and commercialised their technology faster and with less risk through our support with technical and scientific expertise, innovation programmes, and funding.
Our services have helped to support our customers in creating efficiencies and helped them focus on what is most important to their business.
This Annual Report documents many of the highlights from our engagement with our customers and tells the stories and the successes of our customers. In this report you will hear about Matariki X, a Māori Inspire event that saw speakers give rapid-fire presentations on their business journeys to more than 300 ambitious Māori entrepreneurs from across the country, and our inaugural C-Prize, which encouraged dozens of innovators to develop cutting- edge UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology for the screen industry.
In the past year we have worked with 1,470 customers, with 298 of those engaging the expertise of Research and Technical Services (RTS), 229 undertaking our innovation skills programmes, and 1,068 have worked with us on R&D grant applications. In addition our RTS Domestic Commercial revenue was at a 10 year high of $8.1 million for the 2015/16 year. This was an increase of 42% from the previous year.
“This Annual Report documents many of the highlights from our engagement with our customers.”
To help us improve the value we can deliver for our customers, in 2016 we have invested in looking at how we can improve our performance including listening to our customers and stakeholders, and developing a greater understanding of the impact we are having and can have, and undertaking a wide-reaching operational review.
We regularly partner with other organisations — universities, Crown research institutes and government agencies, in particular New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), to deliver programmes, run events and broaden our reach domestically and internationally. In 2016 we collaborated with NZTE on several international missions, including New Zealand AgriTech, through which a cluster of New Zealand agriculture businesses travelled to Silicon Valley to create connections, validate their technologies and source investment.
This year Dr Mary Quin, Callaghan Innovation’s inaugural Chief Executive, announced her resignation after three and a half years at the helm. Dr Quin provided the leadership and vision we needed during the establishment of Callaghan Innovation and has established an enduring foundation for its future.
Hēmi Rolleston has been appointed Interim Chief Executive from the Executive Leadership team at Callaghan Innovation. This gives the organisation continuity and leaves it well placed to keep up the momentum gained in delivering better results while we work through the process of making a permanent appointment. As we move into this next phase of our organisation, we are in a solid position to build on our existing foundations and help even more New Zealand businesses to succeed.
Sue Suckling, Chair
Hēmi Rolleston, Interim Chief Executive
Updated: 18 October 2017