Electropar is a multi-disciplined engineering company operating predominantly in the industrial electrical area. They contested and won a contract to supply for complex electrical equipment which had to be manufactured to meet very demanding standards for shock and vibration; protection against radio frequency interference (RFI) and electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Their equipment was fitted to the 8 ANZAC ships built in Australia and New Zealand. A key motivation in using a competitive local supplier was to reduce whole of life cost.
They completed the contract successfully and subsequently won more Defence contracts and they continue to supply spares and maintenance for ANZAC ships to this day.
Beca Applied Technologies Ltd
When the NZDF committed to upgrade the Orion fleet of aircraft they recognised that effective management of software maintenance costs through life was critical. They therefore encouraged bidders to identify local companies who could maintain and upgrade the system through life.
The winning contractor – L3 Communications Ð ran a competition amongst NZ companies top select an organisation to work with them (L3) during the design of the system and outfitting the first aircraft.
Beca Applied Technologies Ltd was the successful company and they sent a team of 7 people to work with L3 in Texas during the design phase of the project.
Beca Applied Technologies has subsequently signed a support contract with the RNZAF and has established a team on RNZAF base Whenuapai to support the Orion fleet. (The size of this group has almost doubled since the inception of the contract.)
The experience gained has been the kernel of significant growth in capability such that they have now delivered two simulators designed from scratch; recovered the Flight Training Device (simulator) for the P3 Orion delivered from another US based manufacturer which did not meet requirements and support the A109 helicopter simulator for the RNZAF – once more reducing through life cost.
Lights on police cars
NZ Police entered a long-term collaborative relationship with Nautech Electronics Ltd, initially directly and then continuing as a component of a turn-key solution agreement through Holden NZ which have resulted in Nautech Electronics Ltd installing emergency warning equipment into NZ Police vehicles since 1995.
In the beginning, NZ Police predominantly purchased imported equipment for Nautech Electronics Ltd to install. It soon became obvious that Nautech had the requisite skills and facilities to design and build a competitive product at a very competitive price, right here in New Zealand that was more suitable to frontline policing requirements than the imported components. During this time, NZ Police,
Nautech Electronic Ltd and Holden NZ have collaborated to continually improve the equipment design and installation for NZ Police vehicles to the point that the new systems are regarded as some of the best and most advanced in the world. The NZ Police vehicle fit out innovation is now often seen to be 2-5years ahead of other jurisdictions whilst achieving considerable cost savings to the government.
This long-term collaborative approach has enabled not only the development of world class emergency equipment and fit out solutions for NZ Police but it has enabled Nautech Electronics Ltd to now export their solutions into Australia with the establishment of an operation in Queensland to install their solutions for the Queensland Police.
Origin Energy Kupe Project
The Kupe project is the largest Oil & Gas project and most successful undertaken by ICN NZ with a value of $1.3 Billion, which involved the ICN facilitating opportunities for local manufactures.
* The local companies had to compete with international companies and the local companies won work offering quality products and services.
* Origin understood the longer term benefits of involving content early in to develop local capability for longer term sustainable relationships and the strategic advantage of key suppliers and contractors being retained and used locally.
* In this project procurement decisions were not just in terms of initial acquisition cost but in the context of whole life cycle cost, operability and future support requirements.
* It also supported the development of an adequate base of skills and labour pool. This is good for a project delivery, asset operation and future growth opportunity perspective.