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Methven

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We helped Methven tap into the world's best manufacturing talent.

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Methven is a marketleading designer and manufacturer of showers, taps and valves. They are an international business operating in New Zealand, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.

Methven celebrates 130 years of innovation in 2016 and has recently set out plans to grow the business to $130 million revenue by June 2018.

In November 2015 Methven approached Callaghan Innovation for assistance with a project: they were investigating new technology to be used in anufacturing their products and engaged Callaghan Innovation’s Global Expert programme which enabled them to speed up their development cycle and get to market faster.

Callaghan Innovation, through its international networks, was able to find a technology expert who was the perfect fit: someone with the right balance of technical knowledge and industry experience who was able to recommend the best options to Methven.

The Global Expert service allowed us to access specialist technical expertise quickly and effectively with minimal time and resources expended.

Methven Senior Technology Development Engineer, Stephen McCutcheon

This enabled Methven to make informed decisions about future manufacturing processes which can be applied to many different processes, ensuring that Methven remains at the forefront of innovation in their industry.

Methven’s Senior Technology Development Engineer Stephen McCutcheon says, “The Global Expert service allowed us to access specialist technical expertise quickly and effectively with minimal time and resources expended. Engaging with this expert gave us answers to our questions, led to a far greater knowledge of the topic at hand, and brought out valuable new knowledge in other associated areas. The value for us lies in both the quality and the speed of knowledge gained without allocating any significant internal resources. This has saved us 2-3 months by greatly reducing the need for in-house research and identifying technical risks early on."

Methven was awarded a Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant, co-funding the company $3 million to $5 million over a maximum period of five years to increase its investment in R&D. According to Methven Group CEO David Banfield, investment in R&D is critical for Methven to deliver more ground-breaking products that drive value for the business and its shareholders.

Updated: 14 March 2017