Dunedin company weighs in for Cup

Bison chief executive Greg Fahey (right) delivers a set of Bison C-Jacks to Emirates Team New...
Bison chief executive Greg Fahey (right) delivers a set of Bison C-Jacks to Emirates Team New Zealand logistics and base manager Andy Nottage (second from right) and ETNZ team members (from left) Chris Hornell, Tom Waterhouse and Paul O’Reilly. Photo: supplied.
Dunedin-based tech company Bison Group is weighing in on the America’s Cup.

The company has shipped a second set of container scales to Bermuda, for the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) which was responsible for logistics, shipping, imports, exports, container movements and support services for the event.

Emirates Team New Zealand had already adopted Bison technology to weigh more than 60 container loads of tools and equipment needed to support its campaign.

Bison was founded by brothers Mark and Greg Fahey in 2014 who developed what they believed to be a world-first portable container-weighing scale.

Major changes to international shipping rules introduced last year meant exporters were required to verify the weight of every container shipped. In a statement, Greg Fahey said there was a serious logistics operation in the background at the America’s Cup, as the racing syndicates and ACEA  moved equipment in and out of Bermuda.

With limited infrastructure available, Bison’s portable container scales had proven an ideal tool for checking  container weight, ensuring containers stayed under road and bridge weight limits and giving the shipper a verified container weight for vessel loading, he said.

The British and French syndicates had also indicated they might use ACEA’s set of Bison scales to weigh their containers as they prepared to leave Bermuda.

ACEA would organise the movement of about 120 container-loads of stands, equipment and other cargo out of Bermuda after the regatta.

Bison’s technology was now used in more than 25 countries with customers including Nasa, the United States military and Virgin Galactic.

Earlier this year, Southland private equity fund Invest South and numerous Dunedin investors provided a capital boost to Bison Group to be used in marketing, sales, inventory and research and development.

Two other Dunedin technology business, Igtimi and Animation Research Ltd, were also heavily involved in the America’s Cup.

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