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For the third year in a row Motueka’s Cop­pins Sea An­chors has won the Supreme Award at the Out­door Fab­ric Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand’s (OFPANZ) an­nual con­fer­ence.

This year’s win­ning prod­uct is a sea an­chor with an in­te­grated res­cue sys­tem, de­signed for the in­ter­na­tional su­pery­acht mar­ket.

“We’ve worked hard for years on our de­signs, ma­te­ri­als and qual­ity,” says man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Bill Cop­pins, “and our an­chors have been recog­nised as world lead­ers. Winnng doesn’t make us want to rest on our lau­rels though – it re­ally makes us work harder to get fur­ther ahead of any other prod­uct, any­where.”

Cop­pins Sea An­chors also won first place in the As­so­ci­a­tion’s Green Awards for en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness.

In 2015 the com­pany’s win­ning en­try was a res­cue sys­tem that could be de­liv­ered by he­li­copter to stricken ves­sels off the Scan­di­na­vian coast­line, to avert dis­as­ter and prevent dam­age from oil slicks. In 2016 it won awards for a steer­age sys­tem supplied to BP, for emergency use on a massive oil pro­duc­tion ves­sel be­ing towed from Korea to the North Sea.

Cop­pins started out mak­ing sea an­chors for the lo­cal fish­ing in­dus­try, an area still of great im­por­tance to the com­pany. “We now build an­chors that can pro­tect the big­gest ships in the world.” For more in­for­ma­tion on Cop­pins Sea An­chors visit:

ABOVE Bill Cop­pins (left) and op­er­a­tions man­ager Ryan Cop­pins with the Green Award.

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