MilkTechNZ Brings Company-X Innovation Award Home

Waikato’s tech sector is in growth mode and emerging agri-tech MilkTechNZ just proved it.

Te Rapa, Hamilton, invented cordless milking cup extractors last year, earning it a double whammy at the Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Awards on November 4.

MilkTechNZ Managing Director Gustavo Garza received the Managing Director of the Year award after receiving the Company-X Innovation Award from Company-X Co-Founder and Director Jeremy Hughes.

“It’s great to see MilkTechNZ win the Company-X Innovation Award with digital technology innovation,” said Hughes.

MilkTechNZ’s CR-1 electronic milking cup extractors can be fully customized and programmed from any Wi-Fi enabled device and include a built-in diagnostic system that alerts dairy farmers to any problems occurring during the milking cycle. treaty.

“Digital technology innovation is what Company-X works in and MilkTechNZ’s innovation and export success is another strong affirmation that New Zealand has the capacity to produce cutting-edge digital technology” , said Hughes.

“It’s great to see more innovation companies locating here in the Mighty Waikato,” said David Hallett, co-founder and director of Company-X.

“The Waikato tech sector’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is approximately $1.1 billion and continues to grow. Innovative new companies like MilkTechNZ are showing that this will continue to grow as they bring new products to market. new innovation.”

Cultivate Trust chair Erin Wansbrough said it was great to see an emerging Hamilton agri-tech company win such a prestigious award for an innovative product sold at home and abroad.

“The fact that MilkTechNZ was able to design and deliver an award-winning product during such a disruptive time shows how resilient the tech sector is, especially here in Waikato,” Wansbrough said.

“The future is bright.”

The trust recently launched the Tech in the Tron initiative to attract 500 skilled workers and their families to New Zealand’s Waikato and overseas to grow the region’s tech sector.

The judges for Waikato Chamber of Commerce CEO of the Year were inspired by Garza’s entrepreneurial spirit, energy and passion for his business.

“Gustavo sets ambitious goals and high standards. He shows a warmth and care for his team that is genuine, and a satisfaction in growing and empowering others that is humbling,” the judges said.

“It was crazy, it wasn’t planned,” Garza said of the GM of the Year award.

Although he had his company at heart, founded in 2018, winning the Company-X Innovation Award.

“Innovation is the company’s DNA,” he said. “The reason we’ve been so successful is that we’re doing something completely different.”

The Company-X Innovation Award judges said that Garza and the MilkTechNZ team had gained in-depth industry knowledge and created a company that provided innovative solutions to respond to the market.

“These solutions have been made in quick succession over the past 12 months in a difficult economic environment,” the judges said. “Despite this, MilkTechNZ has managed to generate exceptional growth rates, their scalable product development process, while continuing to grow, is to be recognized and commended.”

The judges said they looked forward to seeing MilkTechNZ continue to evolve and grow.

Previous Company-X Innovation Award winners include Yardmaster Effluent Pumps, Montana Group and Spring Sheep Milk Co.

Company-X has won numerous awards:

  • Company-X won Best Professional Service Innovation in the Hamilton Central Business Association’s 2021 Central Business District Awards
  • Company-X software quality assurance tester Jes Elliott won the Reseller News Women in ICT 2021 Rising Star Award.
  • The Independent Software Vendor Award at the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards for cutting-edge software that turns text into human-like audio files at a fraction of the cost of booking a voice artist, recording studio, and of a sound engineer.
  • The Independent Software Vendor Award at the 2019 Reseller News Innovation Awards for a hands-free audit application developed for AsureQuality.
  • The Service Excellence and Global Operator awards at the Westpac Waikato Business Awards in 2018.
  • The Service Exporter of the Year category at the 2017 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards.
  • The Homegrown Innovators ISV award at the 2017 Reseller News ICT Industry Awards.
  • The Roading Asset Management Innovation Award at the Road Infrastructure Management Forum in 2017 for the One Network Road Classification Performance Measures Reporting Tool designed for the transport sector in New Zealand.

About MilkTechNZ

MilkTechNZ is a leader in the design of CR-1 electronic cup removers with the latest in cordless technology and accessories for rafter and rotary barns.

MilkTechNZ’s goal is to build long-term relationships with dairy farmers by exceeding their expectations and earning their trust through integrity, technology, innovation, performance, added value and customer satisfaction. producers.

Based in Hamilton, New Zealand, MilkTechNZ sells its products throughout New Zealand and through its global network of resellers. Business partners Gustavo Garza, Jeff Sharp and Alan Morris founded MilkTechNZ Ltd in 2018.

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