Company takes a tilt at award
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.
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.