Riding high on success

FrameCad, a construction technology company, founded by chief executive Mark Taylor more than 20 years ago, found the recession obliterating construction technology sales in the United States.

It could have been devastating for the Auckland-based company, except that FrameCad had recently set up a Middle East office with the assistance of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s Beachheads programme.
Just two and a half years after opening, the Dubai office now accounts for 50 per cent of FrameCad’s revenue. A great turnaround story!

Able-X, a computer game-based arm rehabilitation device developed by IRL’s Assistive Devices Team in Christchurch, recently won first prize in the prototype category of the 2010 Engineers Australia, College of Biomedical Engineering Better Technology Awards.

The device is suitable across a range of disabilities, from severely paralysed to almost able-bodied. Another terrific story!

These are but two examples of success through innovation which is keeping New Zealand expertise prominent on the world stage.

We also take a look at the finalists in the 2010 New Zealand International Business Awards, which recognise new approaches that businesses are taking to achieve internationally. And there is a sneak Preview of FoodTech Packtech being held at ASB Showgrounds, Ellerslie in October.

So once again, we’re getting high on the positive; developments in  manufacturing presented to  you as case studies, company profiles and as a smorgasbord of articles for you to read.  Rich in content to inspire your future success.
-Doug Green

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