Callaghan Innovation is NZ’s innovation agency. The government agency activates innovation and helps businesses grow faster for a better NZ. Supporting the HighTech Products sector is a key focus for Callaghan Innovation. In fact, of the total 2866 businesses it supported in the year ending 30 June 2020, 13% of those businesses were from the manufacturing sector. This is despite the manufacturing and digital industries being heavily impacted by COVID-19, due to their reliance on access to international markets. A key priority for Callaghan Innovation is enabling businesses to adapt to growing areas of potential such as Industry 4.0 – the fusion of technologies that’s blurring the lines between the physical, digital and cyber-physical. Digital advancements are revolutionising the way manufacturing ecosystems work – from product design, to production, to how customers engage with these products. Sensors now capture information along the value chain, providing the basis for businesses to increase quality, reliability and productivity, to predict maintenance, reduce downtime, save costs and to introduce entirely new business models. Callaghan Innovation aims to inspire HighTech Products businesses, and connect them
to emerging and disruptive technologies, and the networks, capability and funding they need to succeed. Our experts deliver a range of relevant services, co-funding and programmes that enable businesses to make the most out of the opportunities Industry 4.0 offers.