​Smart kiwi tech catches Japanese eyes as export potential increases

Smart New Zealand technology has caught the eye of one of Japan’s most powerful companies.

Smart New Zealand technology has caught the eye of one of Japan’s most powerful companies - Daifuku - with the visit of its President and CEO Masaki Hojo likely to open new export doors for local businesses.

Late last year Daifuku bought into airports and logistics technology company BCS, citing the company’s advanced technology and innovation as a major reason for the decision.

During the visit to New Zealand, Daifuku will also meet with Associate Minister of Trade Todd McClay at BCS during their visit to BCS in Auckland’s North Shore.

Earlier this year Hojo was appointed to the Japan committee of the influential Japan-New Zealand Business Council, which aims to secure a competitive edge for New Zealand trade in the 130 million strong affluent consumer market.

In addition, it also provides a forum for a high level of interchange of views between business leaders in both countries.

Hojo believes the association with BCS had “clearly demonstrates” New Zealand companies could “significantly expand” their markets and capabilities through partnerships with “carefully chosen” Japanese counterparts.

“The unique ability of New Zealand companies to be agile and move quickly, and put innovative answers to problems, is very attractive,” he adds.

“I believe there will be more investment into New Zealand that will bring considerable benefits to help local companies expand and grow.”

BCS CEO, Patrick Teo recognised the potential to be the software centre of excellence for the Daifuku Group.

“We have the right environment with a lot of very clever software developers, and the potential could also be expanded to other New Zealand companies to supply innovative Kiwi software into the huge Daifuku group of products,” he adds.

“The Daifuku association has opened doors for BCS globally, far faster than we could ever have done on our own.

“Through Daifuku we have already accelerated our growth plans and are now in a position to win very large $100 million + contracts, catapulting our growth to the next level.”

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