Oritain opening up in Singapore

Oritain chief executive Grant Cochrane (right) meets Singapore’s outgoing Prime Minister Lee...
Oritain chief executive Grant Cochrane (right) meets Singapore’s outgoing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a delegation with New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Dunedin-founded global success story Oritain is expanding its international reach, opening an office in Singapore later this year.

The forensic and data science firm, founded in 2008, already has offices in New Zealand, England, Australia and the United States, and employs more than 200 staff.

Chief executive Grant Cochrane made the announcement while in Singapore with Prime Minister Christopher Luxon’s delegation, which is representing New Zealand businesses’ interests in priority South East Asian markets.

In a statement, Mr Cochrane said Oritain worked with some of the world’s largest brands to underpin their sustainability and environmental, social and governance commitments, and South East Asia was a global centre for innovation and supply chain leadership.

"Establishing a Singapore operation will mean Oritain can further empower partner companies around the world to make changes across their supply chain and operate more sustainably," he said.

Oritain applied forensic and data science to determine product provenance of food, beverages, fibres and pharmaceuticals.

Its science could pinpoint the exact area a product or raw material came from, within metres.

Singapore was the first stop in Southeast Asia this week for Mr Luxon and a senior business delegation, followed by Thailand and the Philippines. Climate Change and Revenue Minister Simon Watts and Paulo Garcia, New Zealand’s first Filipino MP, were also in the group.