Com­pany takes a tilt at award

Central Leader - - NEWS - By POPPY WORTMAN

A Kiwi com­pany has won a pres­ti­gious in­no­va­tion award in France af­ter dis­play­ing their prod­uct in a new in­dus­try sec­tor in Europe.

A-Ward At­tach­ments’ con­tainer tilter was recog­nised as be­ing an in­no­va­tive prod­uct or so­lu­tion that op­ti­mises pro­cesses of stor­age and ware­hous­ing at the French Lo­gis­tics In­no­va­tions Awards last month.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Si­mon Ward says the One­hungabased com­pany was not ex­pect­ing to win.

‘‘This is the sec­ond award we’ve en­tered in Europe in the past six months and we won both with two dif­fer­ent prod­ucts.’’

The 20-foot con­tainer tilter was de­vel­oped in 2007 and Mr Ward says there are now al­most 400 world­wide.

The ma­chine works by tak­ing a con­tainer off a truck, tilt­ing it up in the air and load­ing or un­load­ing the bulk-loaded ma­te­rial.

Mr Ward says it uses ‘‘ev­ery last lit­tle bit’’ of area in­side the con­tainer to get max­i­mum weight ca­pac­ity, all con­trolled by a hand­held re­mote con­trol.

In re­cent months the com­pany has re­ceived or­ders from Coca-Cola in the United States, Bor­ouge Plas­tic in Abu Dhabi, and hope­fully will have Heineken in China.

‘‘The tilter it­self we de­signed for the scrap me­tal in­dus­try, and it’s al­lowed a lot of smaller com­pa­nies to ex­port and not have to rely on sell­ing to big­ger com­pa­nies.’’

This year marked the 13th Lo­gis­tics In­no­va­tions Awards in Paris.

Busi­nesses en­ter a prod­uct, or­gan­i­sa­tion or ser­vice, and a jury of pro­fes­sion­als goes through the en­tries to de­cide on a win­ner for each of the seven cat­e­gories.

A-Ward’s Euro­pean busi­ness man­ager Edgar Root says win­ning cre­ated a ‘‘ gen­eral buzz’’ around their prod­uct at the March 26 to 28 trade show, and had many lo­gis­tics man­agers think­ing how they could use the tilter in their own non-scrap me­tal fac­to­ries.

‘‘[The trade show] has been run­ning for 30 years and boasts hun­dreds of ex­hibitors and thou­sands of par­tic­i­pants, so be­ing just nom­i­nated as a fi­nal­ist in our first year was fan­tas­tic – to ac­tu­ally win out­right was just phe­nom­e­nal,’’ Mr Root says.

A-Ward’s French rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lau­rent Zin­sch was pleased to ac­cept the award on the com­pany’s be­half.

The win in France fol­lows A-Ward’s 2012 win of the Swedish Steel Prize, which re­wards creative, in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions or prod­ucts that utilise high-strength steel.

The first Kiwi com­pany to ever be a re­cip­i­ent of the award, it was won for their MiSlide hor­i­zon­tal scraploader.

Photo: DEB­O­RAH WARD

In­no­va­tive: One­hunga-based A-Ward At­tach­ments has won a pres­ti­gious in­no­va­tion award in France for its con­tainer tilter. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Si­mon Ward is pic­tured with the ma­chine.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see A-Ward At­tach­ments’ con­tainer tilter in ac­tion.

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