In­ven­tion tar­gets quad bikes

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

A team of young en­trepreneurs be­lieves their in­ven­tion may help to re­duce quad bike ac­ci­dents and pro­vide farm­ers with an in­no­va­tive stor­age so­lu­tion.

‘‘There are pretty shock­ing statis­tics on quad bike deaths and one of the lead­ing rea­sons is in­ad­e­quate stor­age so­lu­tions when farm­ers are trav­el­ling with equip­ment,’’ Flat­pak chief ex­ec­u­tive Anika Bayly said.

The Flat­pak, de­vel­oped by four Christchurch stu­dents over the last three years, sits above the rack at the rear of a quad bike.

The pro­to­type has been man­u­fac­tured by Pe­tone com­pany MB Can­vas, who had been ‘‘ in­cred­i­bly help­ful’’ with de­sign ideas, Bayly said.

Price of the pack will be ‘‘be­tween $400 and $500’’, Bayly said.

Made of non-rip, wa­ter-re­sis­tant PVC on the in­side and out­side, with close cell foam in be­tween, the pack’s flex­i­ble de­sign al­lows it to be used like a stor­age box, or flat­tened down so large posts or hay bales can be car­ried on top. to at­tach the pack to the quad bike.

‘‘We started it off at school through the young en­ter­prise scheme. The stu­dents have just launched a Pledge Me cam­paign to raise $40,000 to man­u­fac­ture their first 100 Flat­paks.Bayly said at present farm­ers had the op­tion of trans­port­ing ma­te­ri­als on a trailer, in a metal or a plas­tic box.

Each of th­ese meth­ods had their prob­lems.

‘‘Things fall out of trail­ers, metal boxes jam and plas­tic dis­in­te­grates. The first pro­to­type was built in 2012, but only now does the team – Bayly, Emily Tasker, Alysha Ter­rizzi and Kry­ten Vlug – feel the de­sign is good enough to go into pro­duc­tion.

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