Local success story leads to new $14m centre of excellence

31 July 2020

A company that began on a farm in Ohaupo 20 years ago is now planning to establish a $14m centre of excellence in research and development in the Waikato to support its rapid growth.

BBC Technologies is the global leader in the development of turnkey lines, including sorting and packing machines, for small fruits such as blueberries and cherries.

With 99 per cent of their revenue from exports through 39 countries and a 60 per cent global market share, the company attracted the attention of Norwegian TOMRA Food, which acquired BBC Technologies in 2018.

With continued growth and outstanding performance, BBC Technologies has outgrown its current premises on Ingram Rd at Hamilton Airport and is planning to expand its operation to a larger site nearby.

BBC Technologies’ chief executive Geoff Furniss said the plan for new site would feature a 2500sqm research and development facility and 3000sqm manufacturing centre.

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