A showcase of Dunedin companies at the weekend went a long
way to giving the rest of the country a better understanding
of what was available in the city, Institute of Directors
national president Stuart McLauchlan said yesterday.
The institute hosted visitors on Saturday before the rugby
test between New Zealand and Australia.
Mr McLauchlan said Dunedin's economic development strategy
document was an ''excellent base'' for determining the city's
future direction but it was just as vital for business.
''Strong leadership is important to ensure the strategy is
effectively executed. The execution is just as important as
the strategy itself to ensure the vision for this great city
The reaction to the four companies on show was overwhelming,
Visitors understood a business did not have to be based in
Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland to be successful
overseas. The city had secure business infrastructure and
good staff were available. Locals had heard about the
companies but many did not understand how successful they
were, Mr McLauchlan said.
''A lot of them just get on with it, but the showcase was an
opportunity to explain what they did.''
The presentation also included one from Otago Innovation,
which is based at the University of Otago Dunedin campus. The
work being carried out at the purpose-built biotechnology
centre was well-received.
Mr McLauchlan, who is from Dunedin, said he had been
following closely the battle to retain Invermay as a centre
of excellence with its current staff levels.
The showcase could be the impetus for the region to get a
better understanding of what was available in the region and
what was at risk.
''Often, when people hear about the changes, the decisions
have been made. If we have a better understanding of what is
needed, we can get involved sooner,'' he said.
ADInstruments: The company is a provider of
computer-based data acquisition and analysis systems for life
science. From its 11 offices around the world, ADI delivers
innovative solutions for applications in academic research
and higher education to clients such as Roche Bioscience,
Toyota, Shiseido, Mayo Clinic, Human Genome Project, Pfizer
and Lockheed Martin.
Oritain Global: Oritain has pioneered commercial food
origin systems, fingerprinting the world's food supply to
provide certainty of origin and restore trust in food.
Scott Technology: The publicly-listed company designs
and manufactures automated production and process machinery,
including robotic milking and automated meat processing.
Otago Innovation: Based in New Zealand's first
purpose-built centre at the University of Otago's Dunedin
campus, Otago Innovation screens technologies and maps their
path out to market. The company has concluded a range of
licensing and start-up transactions in New Zealand,
Australia, Europe, Asia and the United States.