What we do

Services

We assist our clients to become more competitive.  Click on the boxes below to find out more about our unique approach to problem solving.  Or better yet, give us a call on +64 3 363 2180.

Research

Market Research

Effective research provides greater commercial value.  We work with you to complete research specific to your market, identifying key opportunities to ensure your product is a success. 

Our expertise is in developing products with a strong technical challenge.   This requires an in-depth understanding of many industries, the products available, and the various needs of the respective markets.  We use this broad knowledge to explore potential and identify possibilities for extraordinary products.

Our services include:

  • Detailed competitor analysis
  • Market needs analysis
  • Funding opportunities
  • Market expansion or diversification
  • Patent review

Product Review

Your product's success is determined early in its life.  We use a proven process to identify and define the fundamental attributes of your product, new or existing.  This needs-led approach ensures your product is best suited to the market’s demands.

Through breadth of knowledge, skill and experience, we can complete a review of your new or existing products.  Alternatively, we can help you create the specification for a new concept.  Either way we will be focussed on enabling your commercial success. 

Our services include:

  • Technical review of new concepts or existing product design
  • Specification development - new + existing products
  • Alternative technology investigation
  • Manufacturing process review - new + existing
  • Reverse engineering of existing products
  • Compliance requirements + planning
  • Freedom to operate (FTO) review - existing + competing intellectual property and prior art

Development

Conceptual Design

Concept design can be a tricky process. Often known as the “fuzzy front end”, concept design is the delicate stage where you need to begin converting your knowledge of what you want to what will actually be. Navigating this process with a reliable partner makes it all seem easy.

We gather, analyse, and prioritise the research information in relation to your core objectives. We look for complements and conflicts to develop a reasoned understanding of what is possible. We then draw upon our knowledge, skills and expertise to identify an appropriate solution that exceeds your needs and that will delight the market.

Detailed Design

The clue is in the name - this stage is all about detail and where your concept starts becoming a reality. Detailed design is where decisions regarding the cost and complexity of your product are locked in. Therefore, the purpose of this stage is to reduce cost and maximise simplicity.

We bring a universal view to detailed design, understanding how the product will be manufactured and assembled. We also work with your team to understand supply, procurement, and estimated sales forecasts. This all-inclusive approach allows us to minimise the risk of unwanted and costly surprises. 

Detailed design is a comprehensive process. The following is just a small list of the areas we typically consider:

  • Operating parameters
  • Test requirements
  • Manufacture, assembly + transport
  • External dimensions
  • Reliability + maintenance
  • Materials + Packaging
  • External marking

Prototype

Physical models are essential tools in the development process. Exploring your product with prototypes accelerates progress. They provide deep product understanding and allow rapid assessment of options. 

We have an in-house team of craftsmen and technicians toiling away in our workshop to provide prototypes that breathe life into your product. Virtual 3D models and blueprints are simply no match for something you can manufacture, assemble, test, analyse and improve.

Design for Manufacture

The path from concept to manufacturing can be full of pitfalls. Early decisions have a consequential impact on how the product is made, assembled and transported. 

Often these considerations are treated as an afterthought; design for manufacture makes sure that these elements are placed at the heart of the process. We work closely with you to understand your manufacturing preferences and then tailor our design to suit. If you are not sure, we will use our wealth of experience to recommend techniques and systems that match your needs. 

This thoughtful, up-front approach has proven to save time, improve quality and reduce cost. It is part of our philosophy and embedded in our process.

Testing

Capabilities

A well-structured test programme can provide rapid advancements in product understanding and an unreasonably good return on investment.  From prototype through to compliance we tailor our approach to meet your needs.  Using our internationally accredited facilities and in-house experts we can deliver irrefutable results and a market ready product.

We have the knowledge and horsepower to test just about anything - our diverse portfolio of case studies is proof.  However if you want a bit more insight here is a shortlist of our capabilities:

  • Structural systems
  • Mechanical systems
  • Seismic performance
  • Material properties
  • Fire resistance + performance
  • Roadside hardware + security systems
  • Dynamics + vibration
  • Endurance + fatigue
  • Forensics + investigations
  • Shake table seismic qualification
  • Onsite + in-situ

Compliance

We understand compliance.  For some businesses it is a useful barrier to stop competitors, for others it is unavoidable.  We work with you to understand your needs and tailor a compliance programme that will allow you to meet your commercial objectives.   Our team appreciates that an early focus on compliance will lead to a successful product release.

Our activities span identification of key requirements and standards, through to providing technical support and assistance, and if required taking the lead in communicating with the compliance body. We have a proud history of achieving compliance for our client’s products in global markets.

Our services include:

  • Standards review
  • Identification of regulatory requirements
  • Development of compliance documentation
  • Completing compliance testing + documentation
  • Liaising with regulatory bodies

Accreditation

We have withstood scrutiny by some of the globe’s most rigorous accreditation bodies and passed with flying colours.  We adapt our service to meet your needs. If standards accreditation is required, we will make sure it is part of the service.

We will happily provide you with a list of our current accreditations and endorsements at your request.  

Commercialisation

Intellectual Property

We understand that an intellectual strategy may take many forms, depending on your desired outcome and the value that may be achieved.  Our unique technical and business experience allows us to provide impartial advice about how the best value of your intellectual property may be achieved.

Our team has considerable experience in creating and protecting intellectual property, as well as identifying and reviewing existing patented technology.  We understand securing intellectual property is critical to maximising the value of the development investment and we will work with you in developing unique, novel, and patentable solutions.

Licensing & Partnering

We have a successful history of licencing technologies and products in diverse industries globally.   We create a value proposition based around the core technology or product positioning that significantly enhances the commercial value. 

Our services include:

  • Creating and implementing commercialisation strategies
  • Establishing licensing and distribution relationships
  • Establishing manufacturing contracts and partnerships

Case Studies

Every ounce of our knowledge and experience is dedicated to creating commercial advantage for our clients. Our proud project history proves the point. If you want to find out more just pick up the phone and call us on +64 3 363 2180.

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Do you have a complex problem?

Bully Boy Bollard System

We love a good challenge - the Bully Boy High Security Bollard needed to prove that it could stop a 6,800 kg truck travelling at 80 km/h. Our kind of project!

Bully Boy Bollard System

Smooth Air PanelDuct Seismic Testing

The seismic performance of building services is vital to ensuring operational continuity after a significant seismic event. Smooth Air recognised the importance and put their PanelDuct through a series of tests to evaluate its performance.

Smooth Air PanelDuct Seismic Testing

Martin Aircraft Company Six Degrees of Freedom Test Programme

The Martin Aircraft UTV is a revolutionary new aircraft, and our team were needed to help put the system safely through its paces during flight testing.

Martin Aircraft Company Six Degrees of Freedom Test Programme
More Case Studies

Markets

Our track record is proof that we can help engineer solutions for any industry. Below is a snapshot of where we have been needed most. Give us a call if you don’t fit into a box, we know we can work something out. 

Clients

Our client’s success defines us and we have worked with some of the world’s most successful firms. We will be proud to add your success to the list.

 

Hill & Smith

Hill & Smith

Global

United States Department of Transport

United States Department of Transport

United States of America

Pacific Steel Group

Pacific Steel Group

New Zealand

Gregory Industries, Inc.

Gregory Industries, Inc.

United States of America

ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal

Luxembourg

Martin Aircraft

Martin Aircraft

New Zealand

AJ Hackett Bungy

AJ Hackett Bungy

New Zealand

Spanbild Holdings Ltd

Spanbild Holdings Ltd

New Zealand

VicRoads

VicRoads

Australia

Euro Corporation

Euro Corporation

New Zealand

Fletcher Building Limited

Fletcher Building Limited

New Zealand

Lindsay Corporation

Lindsay Corporation

United States of America

Valmont Industries Inc.

Valmont Industries Inc.

Global

Ingal Civil Products

Ingal Civil Products

Australia and New Zealand

Australian Construction Products

Australian Construction Products

Australia

Kiwirail

Kiwirail

New Zealand