Our mission is to
- Connect NZ Industries with the best science and technology teams from across our network.
- Assist companies with new product development, problem-solving, and embedding technology innovation
- Provide the “missing science” in the NZ research and development ecosystem
We have broad capabilities from practical business skills and technology development and application, as well as deep capability in materials and manufacturing areas. Our technological capability is centered in six portfolios: Materials & Surfaces; Manufacturing Systems; Bioprocessing & Recycling; Design Innovation; Energy & Emissions; Sensing, Monitoring & Automation. Our Business Development team is the most experienced and connected in New Zealand. We invite you to connect with us (use it as part of our service).
Materials & Surfaces
Energy & Emissions
Soft Materials, Bioprocessing & Recycling
Sensing & Automation
Our Research Partners
Consisting of New Zealand and international companies, more than 100 researchers and practitioners from 9 research organisations and several government organisations.
EPI Group 2020 Limited
Product Accelerator helped us to build strong relationships through a well-established manufacturing facility overseas to manufacture high-performing products in Australia and New Zealand.
“It is through NZPA that this is even possible and we therefore all share a vote of gratitude for what the NZPA funding has enabled here in NZ. This long-term funding has kept companies such as us ahead of the market and arguably playing along the front edge of industry advancements – meaning we stay relevant, cost competitive, and acknowledged by our peers and industry leaders alike.”
Sir Richard Taylor- CEO and co-founder of Wētā Workshop
CaSil Technologies Ltd
The world-first CaSil technology and Casil product applications will make a positive impact in addressing Climate Change mitigation and Clean Water preservation and protection. Jim is a Founding Principal Investigator of the NZ Product Accelerator which has recognised the substantial economic and environmental benefits of the technology and the CaSil products and applications, and has opened up particular industry linkages.
Raechel Laing (Product Accelerator’s Research Leader) was able to help Wisewool, a wool industry company, solve issues with their engineered 100% wool by comparing it to the performance of synthetic materials typical of the upholstery industry.
“The NZPA team has contributed market knowledge, innovation, industry leading technologies and research capacity, giving Bremworth confidence in the rigorous science backing of the program.”
Kirstine Hulse – GM Health & Safety, People and Sustainability
Inhibit Coatings Ltd
Inhibit Coatings has developed a high-performance, long-lasting, cost-effective, and sustainable solution that works to safeguard our communities and environment.im is a Founding Principal Investigator of the NZ Product Accelerator which provided financial support for Eldon Tate in his PhD research programme that Jim supervised.
“Sanford’s investment in innovation has culminated in a $20m+ investment in 2022 in a marine extracts and innovation centre in Marlborough, building on a foundation of collaboration that involves strong relationships with partners such as the Product Accelerator.”
Andrew Stanley Sanford General Manager, Innovation
“The continued support, advice and connections from the Product Accelerator team have supported the success of Boxfish in NZ and provide us with a strong platform from which to export our great NZ products. “
Ben King – co-founder Boxfish Research
“Geo40’s research agreement with Product Accelerator has been highly valued in progressing our sustainability aspiration of being impactful in environmentally motivated markets around the world. Their industry specific expertise and networks, along with their resounding collaborative approach to innovation has been greatly welcomed.”
– Steve Urquhart, Product & Market Development Manager
The Comfort Group
– Dean Rope, Group Product Development Manager
Chris Baird -Managing Director Propspeed International Ltd
NZ Prosthetic Eye Services
Our new material has the potential to improve the quality of life of prosthetic eye wearers globally and the breakthrough could not have been achieved without the knowledge, enthusiasm and support provided by NZ Product Accelerator.”
– Keith Pine, Ocular Prosthetist NZPES
“I believe Inhibit Coatings is an excellent example of how leading edge science and technology that is developed in the collaborative and well connected research and industry environment, such as the one provided by the NZPA, can lead to the successful establishment of a new start-up company with employment and business opportunities both in NZ and internationally.”
– Eldon Tate, CEO
–Dain Guttenbeil, CEO Lifestone
Excited to share our first newsletter
We’re excited to introduce our very first newsletter !
In this newsletter, you’ll find an inside look at the incredible projects, collaborations, and milestones that we’ve reached together as a network. We’re also extending a warm and heartfelt welcome to all our new network members.
"A New Manufacturing Industry for NZ" Potential Value of Bio-Products from Forests Report Release🌿📢"
The report has been just released, which shows Bio-Forest Products can be a new Manufacturing and Processing industry, almost the same size as the dairy industry. Product Accelerator was the catalyst that enabled the working group to collaborate by also bringing to the table Scion, NZTE, NZ Forest Service, and the Forest Growers and related parties.
Collaboration with CIRCUIT - Circular Innovations Research Centre at University of Auckland
NZ Bio Forestry and their Taiwan R&D Partner Make it to the Top 100 Worldwide Innovations! 🌱🌍
Congratulations Wayne Mulligan and team!
We are thrilled to share the fantastic news that NZ Bio Forestry groundbreaking efforts have been acknowledged on a global stage! This remarkable achievement comes under the distinguished category of FixCarbon Technology: Carbon-Negative Bioplastics from Afforestation.
Congratulations to Product Accelerator’s Key Research Leader- Dr. Khalid Arif
Big Congratulations to Dr. Khalid Arif and Leon Ripa for the 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 – 𝐌2𝐕𝐈𝐏. Paper titled “Orchard Yield Estimation Using Multi-Angle Image Processing”, authored by Leon Ripa and Khalid Arif has received the best paper award at the IEEE 28th International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice (M2VIP 2022).
Inhibit Coatings wins prestigious Trans-Tasman award
The team at Inhibit Coatings has won the Trans-Tasman Innovation & Growth Award at the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum 2022 (ANZLF). The award was presented during Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Ministerial delegation to the forum in Sydney.The ANZLF theme of “Great Acceleration: Emerging Stronger Together” reflects the dynamic start-up from Victoria University of Wellington’s track record of bringing high value science out of academia. Professor Jim Johnston (founder) and his prior students Dr Eldon Tate (CEO & founder) and Dr Emma Wrigglesworth (technical lead) have been supported for many years by the New Zealand Product Accelerator.
Big win for Bremworth team
We were pleased to share that Bremworth won the Innovation & Collaboration Project Award at the Primary Industries NZ Awards. This award is recognition of their science-based and research-led sustainability programme in collaboration with Product Accelerator, The University of Auckland and AgResearch.
Product Acclerator's updated National Testing Register is now live!
Our vision for the National Testing Register is as a streamlined engagement pathway for both companies and researchers; we will thus continue to support its development to maximize its value to the wider R&D ecosystem.
Product Accelerator welcomes Sir Ian Taylor as a new Advisory Board Chair
We are delighted to announce that Sir Ian Taylor is to be the new Chair of the Product Accelerator Advisory Board. Sir Ian has a distinguished list of honours including being appointed Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to television and business in the 2012 New Year Honours, and promotion to Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2021 New Year Honours.
Outstanding Achievement by Product Accelerator's core team member Dr. Jingjing Liu- Marsden Fast Start Funding 2021
Product Accelerator researcher Dr. Jingjing Liu and the team at the University of Auckland have been awarded Marsden Fast Start funding 2021. This research will crucially inform strategies for eliminating the thermal strain of water electrolyser, substantially extending the lifespan of electrolyser components and their capability for continuous operation. This will improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of electrolytic hydrogen production.
Big Success for students supported by Product Accelerator- Winners of Best Design Awards
Students from Victoria University of Wellington School of Design won the Best Design Awards hosted by the Designers Institute of New Zealand in different categories.
Product Accelerator is excited to announce hub for Palmerston North partnered with Massey University’s AgriFood Digital Lab (MAFDL)
The Product Accelerator Agritech Hub, located within “The Engine” on the AgResearch campus in Palmerston North will support companies and research to accelerate commercial opportunities into local and international markets.
Product Accelerator supported design students runner-up in 2021 James Dyson Awards
Courtney Naismith and Matthew O’Hagan, who carried out their Masters projects at the VUW School of Design Innovation supported by Product Accelerator, have been named runner-up in the 2021 James Dyson Awards for their work on 3D printed artefacts made using recycled plastic waste.
Product Accelerator and MedTech Core sponsored entry selected as one of the 35 international finalists for the Purmundus Challenge 2021
Visible Women (by Ana Morris) has been selected as one of the 35 international finalists for the Purmundus Challenge 2021. The entry has been sponsored by Product Accelerator and MedTech Core.
Product Accelerator supported design students nominated for NZ Best Design Awards
Four Product Accelerator supported students from the School of Design Innovation at Victoria University of Wellington have been nominated for the 2021 NZ Best Design Awards
Product Accelerator's key research leader Prof. Johan Potgieter nominated for the 2021 KiwiNet Awards
Following the success of Prof Jim Johnston and Dr. Eldon Tate at the 2020 Kiwinet awards, Professor Johan Potgieter (Product Accelerator Research Leader for Sensing and Automation portfolio) is recognised as one of sixteen finalists in the 2021 Kiwinet Awards under the ‘Researcher Entrepreneur’ category.
Product Accelerator interaction with FireTS Lab
Prof. Mark Taylor (Director Product Accelerator) had an amazing interview with Fire TS Laboratory. Mark provided an insight about our pull science model and how Product Accelerator can help with the development of a new product/technology IP in New Zealand. Professor Mark Taylor is a Fellow of IChemE and has spent 30 years in technology and line management in metals, and high value manufacturing, working at the interface between research and application.
Big win for Product Accelerator team
The Product Accelerator team won the Velocity Innovation Challenge 2021 for the UN Sustainable Development category, ‘To make the world a better place’.
Let’s turn those buoys into real-time mussel sensors
A collaborative research project to improve monitoring of offshore mussel farms has moved to its next phase with sensor-laden smart buoys undergoing testing in the Marlborough Sounds.
Inhibit Coatings – a rapid journey from PhD to Start Up Company
In response to a number of company’s market pull, the Product Accelerator funded a PhD scholarship for Eldon Tate at Victoria University of Wellington to research how silver entities could be incorporated and bonded to a variety of materials to develop new antimicrobial coatings and surface treatments.
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