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Old June 22nd, 2013, 01:15 AM   #1
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 01:16 AM   #2
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Waikato Innovation Park is targeting multinational and large New Zealand companies as flagship tenants as it moves further from its roots of being a science incubator.

At the opening of its second building yesterday, which has Tetra Pak as its key tenant, chief executive Derek Fairweather said the opening was a "steep change" for the business.

It's an important milestone for us. It signals our changing into the arena of multinationals and having global significance.

Mr Fairweather defended the move away from being a park for start-ups, saying that was never the long-term plan.

How were we ever going to fill up 15 buildings with smaller companies? There's been no change in our strategy. What has happened is a lot of people have realised we are not an incubator. You've got to get the balance right between large companies and small companies, he said.

Innovation Park will begin work on the third building once it has signed its main tenant, likely to be a large New Zealand exporter. A total of 15 buildings are planned for the park.

The second building also houses Tandberg and the New Zealand Industry Training Organisation and there are contracts out on all the remaining space in the $8 million 3000 square metre building.

Former Hamilton mayor Russ Rimmington, who played a key role in starting the park five years ago, said the concept had changed dramatically since then.

"What it was sold to me on, and what captured my imagination, is that young scientists were threatening to depart for overseas opportunities where they would develop patents, which would be a loss for New Zealand.

It was a chance to share in our own destiny and make money."""

While he did not see it as attracting international companies, he said it was great and would still work as an incubator in many ways.

The Hamilton City Council has contributed $2m for the first building and $2.4m for the second, and has indicated it will support further buildings.

Another $2m has come from Wel Energy Trust for the first building and the Government's regional fund coughed up $2m for the development of both.

Hamilton City councillor Maria Westphal said having both start-ups and multinational companies was important to the park's success and for Hamilton's economic growth.

This is the collaboration part of the whole project. It's a win-win this is collaboration, commercial support, innovation, economic development and productivity.

Hamilton Mayor Bob Simcock called on the Government to recognise the expertise of the region.

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We simply believe that, on a whole, we have the capacity to do more and do it better.

However, despite the park focusing on attracting larger companies, he said it was the smaller companies that would drive innovation.

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An $11 million product development spray dryer facility is nearing project completion (scheduled for mid-May).





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The group which runs Innovation Park in Hamilton reports that both existing office buildings are fully tenanted and work on a third office building will start next year.


Innovation Waikato has previously estimated it would need $142 million to transform the campus into a 19-building park. The last building cost $9 million and opened in mid-2009.
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New Zealand Food Innovation construction project completed




New Zealand’s first and only independent product development spray dryer – known as NZ Food Innovation Waikato - is open for business.

The $11 million product development spray dryer facility, primarily funded by Innovation Waikato Ltd, is the Waikato component of the Government-sponsored New Zealand Food Innovation Network.

Construction of the facility was completed in late April 2012 and took just eight months to take it from a bare paddock to a fully operational plant. “We believe this is the fastest build of its type in the world,” says Plant Manager, Dave Shute.

Mr Shute and his team have spent the past month commissioning and testing. The first fresh milk was converted to powder on 25 May.

Mr Shute says the commissioning has gone very smoothly.

“I’ve been working in dairy factories for 20 years and I can say we’ve probably had the smoothest commissioning process of any factory in New Zealand. Of course, our small size had a bit to do with this.

“We will spend the next month ironing out any small glitches we’ve found and we’ll be ready to start processing our first product in July,” says Mr Shute.

Hamilton-based Dairy Goat Co-operative has committed to utilising the plant and up to eight new Dairy Goat Co-op staff will work on site. The company is using the dryer facility as extra capacity to meet expansion requirements.

“The Dairy Goat Co-operative’s commitment was a critical factor in creating the commercial case, and gaining government funding and approval to build the plant as a true Private Public Partnership,” explains Mr Shute.

CEO of the Dairy Goat Co-operative, Dave Stanley, says the project is a win-win-win for those involved.

“Not only did our backing help the Park get the project off the ground, but it also provides Dairy Goat Co-operative with valuable extra processing capacity when our milk flow is at its peak.

“And finally, there are many smaller producers out there – both in milk processing industries and others – who will also experience a win through this project. It gives them a place to do research and development as well as process smaller batches of products that just can’t be done in larger factories,” says Mr Stanley.

Dave Shute says the Co-operative’s commitment “gives NZ Food Innovation Waikato an excellent source of initial revenue while also allowing us the breathing space we need to get further customers on board.”


NZ Food Innovation Waikato is looking for commitments from companies that want to research and develop new spray dried food products in the pilot plant. Mr Shute says it is talking with specialty milk producers as well as companies looking to spray dry fruit and vegetable extracts.

NZ Food Innovation Waikato offers potential for specialty milk producers, in particular, to innovate. The facility creates opportunity for companies who are ready to scale up a new spray-dried product to commercial production.

Mr Shute says the long-term strategy for the plant is to expand the spray dryer’s capability to manufacture infant formula.

“We are currently receiving several calls each week from companies enquiring about our ability to process infant formula. Many of these companies are exporting into China, where demand for infant formula is exploding. This is definitely in our long term plans for NZ Food Innovation Waikato,” says Mr Shute.

Finance for the spray dryer came from Innovation Waikato Ltd debt and a Government grant of $3.95 million. Its capacity is one-half tonne/hour, making it one of the smallest commercial spray dryers in the world.
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AgResearch to Undertake Significant Capital Works Program in 2013



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It seems that AgResearch will be undertaking a building program next year.

With its Head Office in Hamilton and a large campus to build on I would imagine we will see more buildings built there.
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Innovation Park Preparing to Build Third Office Building


An existing office building in Waikato Innovation Park

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This park is so beautiful and leafy, it is a fantastic asset to the city, with the Waikato Expressway and Ring Road both being next to it, the location is great.

I know they have been offering existing tenants incentives to move in order to house new tenants, simply because there is no room in the various buildings. Will be great to see another building go up. In addition to the Innovation Park, Ruakura also houses the AgResearch's National Head Office and also Plant and Food Research.

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New Zealand's only science park is looking to expand in the new year with plans for a new building.
Waikato Innovation Park is the nationwide hub for ag-biotech business growth.
The 8 year old park, on nearly 17 hectares of land beside the Ruakura Research Centre, is home to 52 businesses and more than 350 staff. The site currently has three buildings.


They are the original Innovation Park structure where most of businesses are located , the Tetra Pak building which is largely occupied by the processing and packaging company and an $11 million spray dryer facility which was completed earlier this year. The occupancy rate has been an average 98 per cent over the last few years.


But the park's business incubation manager Peter Maxwell isn't content and would like to grow the park further over the next year.
He is looking for opportunities to expand and is hoping a new building will be under construction before 2013 is through.
''The master plan was for about 17 to 19 buildings eventually. We're a long way from that.''


But before any building plans can be approved Maxwell said an anchor tenant is needed and the hunt for one is on.Another big push for next year will be cementing relationships with business parks internationally, Maxwell said.


The Waikato park already has an established connection with an Edinburgh business park in Scotland and last month Maxwell went to China and signed a memorandum of understanding with a business park in the Shandong Province city of Jinan. Jinan's business park is extending its capacity by 250,000 square metres.
Maxwell is considering formal understandings with the United Kingdom Science Park Association and the British Foreign Commonwealth Office to promote the Waikato Innovation Park and it's capabilities abroad.
''What I'd like to do is use the Chinese connection.


The Chinese are interested in the UK and Europe because of the size of the market and we could be a big stepping stone,'' he said.
''We have the free trade agreement between China and New Zealand and we also have a special relationship with the United Kingdom so we're trying to work out ways to use that to everybody's benefit.'
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Innovation Park - New Building To be Completed 2014

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Innovation Park - Expansion Plans

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Building of Innovation Park contributes $100 million to Hamilton economy over last decade

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Waikato Innovation Park has brought $16 million of establishment funding into the region in the past 10 years, says a new report.

Employee-related benefits from those working at the park had contributed more than $100m to the regional economy in the period 2002 to 2012, said the report by the Institute for Business Research at the Waikato Management School, which tracked the park's direct and indirect contributions to the regional economy.

The report also estimates the park's future contributions.
It said one of the most significant would be from the park's milk powder dryer, commissioned last year to help food companies with new product development.

The report estimates the dryer will contribute an additional $63 million in milk powder exports to the region.

The dryer is currently used by the burgeoning Waikato export company Dairy Goat Cooperative, which is building a second dryer on its own Hamilton site.

Asked how the loss of this contract would affect park dryer income, Waikato Management School professor Frank Scrimgeour said a range of companies had expressed interest in using the dryer facilities or drying production.

The forecast is based on a level of utilisation knowing there is a range of clients in the market.

The report also forecasts that the park's operating revenue is set to increase from $4m to $5m by 2015.

Assets are projected to nearly double to $61.4m by 2015.

Current and projected employee benefits, which have been based on an average remuneration package of $100,000 and a multiplier of 2.4, are forecast to contribute a further $20m over the next three years, the report said.

Employee numbers were expected to almost double to 800.
Park chief executive Stuart Gordon said the site had grown from being an idea with no staff and no physical assets in 2002 to an economic entity with a balance sheet of total non-current assets of $22.6m last year.

Gordon is a former chief executive of Livestock Improvement Corporation.
Today the park hosts 54 companies employing 420 people.

Its shareholders include Hamilton City Council and the Katolyst Group. The park was established in 2002 with contributions from the council and the Government's former major regional initiative scheme.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 11:25 PM   #3
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Retaining primary sector research and development to maintain competitiveness while at the same time diversifying into other key areas is important, says industry body DairyNZ.

Commenting on yesterday’s launch of a new book, Get Off the Grass: Kickstarting New Zealand’s Innovation Economy, by Shaun Hendy and Paul Callaghan, DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says dairying in New Zealand has not been ‘backed’ at the expense of other sectors.

"Its export value has grown by 83 percent in the last 10 years because our industry is innovative, resilient and highly competitive," he says. "And I agree that diversifying our economic base is important," says Tim.

"Some of the research I’ve seen points to the importance of cities and regions being powerful drivers of knowledge economies. They are associated with significant productivity gains and innovation and high densities of businesses in related industries. The new Lincoln Agri Hub that DairyNZ is a part of is an agricultural response to that for Christchurch and Canterbury. There is a food one in Palmerston North and we are looking to develop a hub in the Waikato too," he says.

"DairyNZ has also co-operated with Auckland University in a partnership to drive the connections between the highly-skilled and globally mobile workforces in our largest city with the agricultural economy. It’s about leveraging off each other - not getting out of one and into another to kickstart innovation as the title of this new book suggests.

"Economically-successful cities and regions are clear and focused about their competitive advantages. Policy and its delivery are aligned with these advantages. Taranaki’s regional economic success is an example of that and so is the Waikato. Canterbury is also seeing dairy as part of its current and future strength," says Tim.

"We need better collaboration between business, industry, education and research organisations. We also need co-ordinated planning and investment to address the growth needs in areas of competitive advantage. DairyNZ is working very hard in that area by aligning our industry much closer to the Crown Research Institutes, universities and other educational facilities.

"I think we can use the strength of the dairy sector to really drive better connections and diversification between regional and city economies.

Hamilton for example is an important centre for commercialising innovations because of its private and public research and development, particularly in areas such as agri-bio and science technology. "Local firms have also built expertise in steel manufacturing for the dairy industry that they are now transferring to aviation and other sectors," says Tim.

"Through the strength and growth of the dairy sector, metals manufacturing activity in the Waikato is now serving both the national and international market having developed from support activities serving dairying and milk production."
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Old August 21st, 2013, 11:32 PM   #4
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Plans Progress for the Waikato Agricultural Research Hub

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It's great to see the crown, local government and the universities getting together to build up the strength of Ruakura. Although some roles are moving with the AgResearch reshuffle, I suspect, in a short time, more roles will end up being created locally in the areas of - environmental sustainability, agritechnology industries and agribusiness education.

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Leaders in the science, education and agriculture sector met to progress plans for the Waikato Agricultural Research Hub.

Representatives from a range of Crown Research Institutes, universities and the agricultural sector met with Hamilton City Mayor, Julie Hardaker, to discuss the challenges that the country and the region face in the future development of agriculture.

Ensuring we have both clean water and productive land is a particular innovation challenge that we are up for and ideally positioned to address in the Waikato,’ says Dr Bryce Cooper, General Manager Strategy for NIWA.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Roy Crawford says the University of Waikato welcomes the initiative. “We are well placed to add social, environmental and economic value to the region.”

Currently 70% of New Zealand export goods by value are primary products. Over the last 8 years most of the country’s export growth has come from primary products. For the country to stay competitive in a global economy the government has identified the need for New Zealand to double the value of our exports to $64 billion.

Michael Spaans, CEO of Innovation Waikato comments that “The mix of educational, scientific and commercial capability in Hamilton and the Waikato will deliver increased agricultural productivity. We want to add value from farming, product design and supply chains and, crucially, better, more sustainable farming systems.”




The parties agreed that Waikato was in a unique position to contribute to research, innovation and education to achieve achieving the government’s goals for growth in export earnings and better environmental performance.
“Driving the doubling of exports through strong regional clusters is a core strategy for AgResearch. As the country’s largest Crown Research Institute we’ve got a key role to play in supporting the national aims.

Agriculture is critical to Waikato’s economy, and having a strong regional innovation cluster here will help us deliver the science needed to create growth.” Dr Tom Richardson, AgResearch Chief Executive.

The parties worked on a concept document, outlining a vision and operating regime for the Waikato Agricultural Hub, with the parties meeting again in a month to finalise the document.

Hon John Luxton, Chair of Dairy NZsays “It is really important that various stakeholders, including our community, government and commercial organisations, are able to see the prize from this concept, and we look forward to discussions and feedback in the near future.”

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The meeting was attended by senior representatives of:

• AgResearch
• NIWA
• Landcare Research
• University of Waikato
• Lincoln University
• DairyNZ
• Waikato Innovation Park
• Hamilton City Council

Wintec will join the group at future meetings.
It is intended that the Waikato Hub will focus on environmental sustainability, agritechnology industries and agribusiness education.
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Piazza Building Next In Line For Construction At Innovation Park

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Hopefully this one gets underway soon. I think there is a real market for smaller tenancy new builds.

As an aside, I also think this applies to the CBD. Unfortuantely developers are more interested in building large floor plates for larger tenants, but I can't help but wonder if there is a market for smaller floor plates, higher A grade buildings.





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Science Park to Expand



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This building will fit in nicely at Innovation Park. I do like how Ruakura is just getting on with the job of growing rather than worrying about government departments being located there. This park could be huge in 10 years time. Innovative companies feeding of each other.

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Chief executive Stuart Gordon says the park consistently runs at 98 per cent tenancy, and needs to expand.

"Our biggest problem at the moment is the growth of our tenants, giving them room to grow."

The park has lost some clients because they outgrew the space they had.

"We've been frustrated, to tell you the truth."

Plans are in the works for a three-storey building called the Piazza Building, but construction will not begin until a cornerstone tenant has been secured. The cornerstone tenant for one of the existing buildings is Tetra Pak, which closed its Hamilton and Auckland offices and consolidated into the park in 2009.

Gordon said construction could go ahead before all of the tenancies are full, but the bank insisted on having one big company signed on.

"We will go without being 100 per cent full, for sure."

The tenant would have a say in the design and capabilities of the building.

"We've got some conceptual plans that have been sitting there for quite some time, but you've got to adapt the plans to the customer's needs."

Current plans for the Piazza Building include a conference centre and board rooms. It will be built in two stages and will have around 9000 square metres of tenant space as well as shared areas, such as cafes and meeting rooms.

The plan is for the building to house between two and four large tenants (1500 to 2000sqm each) and three or four smaller tenants (with about 60sqm each).

Waikato Innovation Park is picky about tenants.

"We don't take [just] anyone here," Gordon said. "We're in the business of helping people take technologies to market."

There are currently 40 companies in the innovation park off Ruakura Rd in Hamilton East, employing 413 people on-site. Gross turnover for businesses in the park is $160 million.

Gordon said that, generally speaking, the companies are high growth.

"Everyone wants more space."

Some existing tenants are expected to relocate into the new building when it is completed.

Gordon declined to reveal the budget for the building, but said funding would be sought from investment funds and other companies.

The Piazza Building will take around a year to build once a tenant is found.
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WaikatoOne DataCentre - Construction Completed 2015

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A new data centre is planned for Hamilton. There aren't many details but it looks like it will be built at Innovation Park.

We are becoming a real hub for data centres, which is great, these are important, expensive developments that need highly skilled staff.

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Architecture Bureau has been working on the design for a purpose built data centre for LayerX Group subsidiary; Waikato One, at Innovation Park near Hamilton.

LayerX Group's goal is to deliver fully automated, self-service, cost effective information technology hosting services for New Zealand businesses. Waikato One is developing the proposed facility to strict international specifications for high availability Tier 3+ data centres. The proposed data centre will house 264 server racks located in six secure server rooms, including compartmentalised security zones controlled by radio frequency identification and biometric access control, fully redundant sub-systems for uninterrupted power supply, temperature control and fire protection to protect critical computer systems and electronic data.
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I love the start ups / incubators - taking new innovations from "Concept to cash"
Keen to know more about this development. Thanks
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New build to start shortly at Innovation Park - 2900sqm and housing 6 businesses

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