Former Scott Technology Ltd electrical engineer Andy Burt
(left) chats with company chief executive Chris Hopkins
about the changes at the company since he left for
Australia about 10 years ago. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A century ago, it would have been hard for John Scott to
imagine his small family motor repair business turning into a
large publicly listed engineering company with offices all
around the world.
It was one of the things staff at Scott Technology Ltd tried
to fathom during 100th anniversary celebrations at the
Kaikorai Valley-based headquarters on Saturday.
''It's hard to imagine they thought their business would
stretch across New Zealand and into the northern
hemisphere,'' chief executive Chris Hopkins said.
The business was formed by engineer John Scott, a Scottish
immigrant, and his sons on Leith St in April 1913.
J. and A. P. Scott specialised in general repairs to gas,
oil, and petrol motors and their high standard of workmanship
and the motoring craze of the next 10 years saw the business
These days, Scott Technology Ltd is a publicly listed
engineering company specialising in the design and
manufacture of automated production and process machinery.
The company's headquarters are now located in Dunedin, and it
has offices in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, with
permanent sales and service offices located in Dallas (US),
Bergamo (Italy), Shanghai and Qingdao (China), and Sydney
Mr Hopkins said one of the challenges New Zealand companies
had was they did not dream big enough.
''I would like to think our business will continue to grow
across the world and have a wider global presence in
international markets than we do at the moment.
''We continue to work towards that.''
About 250 present and former staff of the company gathered at
the Kaikorai Valley headquarters on Saturday for an open day,
and about 280 people attended the company's official
centennial celebration dinner on Saturday night.