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Ones to watch

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High performing firms that demonstrate the Kiwi way of doing business

Callaghan Innovation’s customers range in size from New Zealand’s largest businesses to a founder and a shared desk in a co-working space. They cover every conceivable sector and technology grouping.

Our customers are bolder and more ambitious than your average firm. That’s because they choose to work with us to leap into the unknown and invest in R&D. But even within this group, some businesses stand out. Be it through the brilliant minds they have on board, their connection to their market and its needs, or sheer good fortune, many of our customers progress from good to outstanding performance.

Here are five of our customers we think will continue going from strength to strength, becoming exemplars of the new Kiwi way of doing business.

We’ve left out some businesses whose talents have been given ample recognition elsewhere this year. Rocket Lab had, at the time of going to print, successfully sent a rocket to the edge of space from remote farmland, achieving a whole host of firsts in the process.

Our customers are bolder and more ambitious than your average firm. That’s because they choose to work with us to leap into the unknown and invest in R&D. But even within this group, some businesses stand out.

All the category winners at the 2017 Hi Tech Awards were Callaghan Innovation customers, including Pushpay, Biolytix, RedShield, Shotover and Adherium.

And of course, Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup-winning boat, as well as beaten defender Oracle, benefitted from technology developed in New Zealand through TNZ’s own R&D team, the Warkworth business Core Builders Composites and Dunedin-based Animation Research Ltd.

So putting aside those acknowledged heroes of innovation, here are five other ones to watch...

8i

8i

8i is a technology company on a mission to give people the best possible way to connect with each other and express themselves through holograms. Its proprietary technology transforms video from multiple cameras into photo-realistic human holograms with true volume and depth.

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Goodnature

Goodnature

Goodnature has created a light and easy-to-use trap that kills humanely without the need for poisons. The automatic traps, which instantaneously kill pest animals and then reset themselves, can be used everywhere from suburban backyards to national parks. 

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Production Machinery Limited

Production Machinery Limited

Production Machinery Ltd (PML) is a supplier of “smart factory” solutions, primarily to the appliance manufacturing industry. It’s part of the Haier Group, which includes Fisher & Paykel Appliances.

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StretchSense

StretchSense

StretchSense is helping to enable the "third generation" of wearables, in which the garment is the sensor. It develops customised sensing systems that seamlessly integrate soft sensors and electronics into textiles to meet clients’ specific requirements. The sensing systems are used around the world to create wearable technology products for industries that include sports and fitness, health and virtual reality.

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Wakatū

Wakatū Incorporation

Wakatū is a Māori family-owned business based in Te Tau Ihu (the top of the South Island). A business of land and sea, Wakatū has three parts: Manaaki (people and culture), Whenua (land and water space) and Kono (an award-winning food and drinks producer and exporter). 

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Updated: 25 July 2017