Northland’s business community came together to recognise the best at the 2018 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards at Forum North on Friday.
Businesses from throughout Northland submitted 46 unique entries across five business categories, seven ancillary categories and an overall supreme winner.
Extrutec Ltd took out the Northland Inc Innovation Award. Tankful and Kai Ora Honey were finalists.
The judges said:
Extrutec is a business that produces filaments for the agricultural industry, mainly hothouses and bailing twine. In the past the plastic twines have been impossible to recycle and, mixed with all plant material at the end of the seasons, had to be dumped. Extrutec has developed a new biodegradable twine enabling growers to repurpose both the plant material and the twine as compost. The applications for this technology are significant, and the increased worldwide market demand for these products will enable this Northland business to grow in a smart and truly sustainable way. Their expertise and commercial application through their innovative development process has resulted in a product that will make a positive contribution in the war on plastics.
This team did not “get tied up” with the status quo but challenged conventional processes to be able to be recognised as the most innovative business in Northland in 2018