Endace, a Kiwi network monitoring technology company, is bringing its $5.0 million manufacturing business home to New Zealand.
Launched 10 years ago from a research project at the University of Waikato, Endace produces a range of products that monitor, measure and secure high speed networks.
Today Prime Minister John Key took the first product (DAG network monitoring card) produced in New Zealand off the assembly line in Christchurch.
Endace Founder and Chairman Dr. Ian Graham says the move to manufacture in New Zealand made good commercial sense, following a thorough investigation of options throughout the Asia Pacific region.
“Bringing our manufacturing to New Zealand means that it’s closer to our Auckland headquarters and our Hamilton product development hub. For us, this means better quality control, greater production flexibility and vastly improved communications. We’re delighted to be manufacturing here and to help prove that New Zealand can be a competitive place to build high-tech products.”
“Christchurch has world-class technology companies and a skilled work-force so partnering with GPC Electronics for our contract manufacturing was a natural choice. In addition to having the latest production and test equipment, GPC complements Endace’s operations team with additional specialist management skills and experience in purchasing, planning and inventory management.”
“Having received a number of New Zealand Government grants over the years, including a FoRST grant earlier this year, it’s great to be able to continue to bring benefits back into the New Zealand economy,” says Dr. Graham.
Robert Wallis, General Manager of GPC Electronics says: "We are delighted to be partnering with a world leading company like Endace, and look forward to an enduring relationship. This contract provides a guaranteed volume of work through our Christchurch manufacturing facility and will result in additional employment opportunities at all levels, from production staff to professional engineers.
“Secondly, it supports a critical mass for the industry in Christchurch and New Zealand. This helps both GPC Electronics and the electronics manufacturing industry in New Zealand remain competitive by maintaining and developing the entire infrastructure required in a fast moving technology industry.”
Christchurch production involves highly technical manufacturing of circuit boards with as many as 1100 individual components in a board the size of your hand. These include high value ‘programmable silicon chips’ some with as many as 1152 contact points contained within a square package the size of a postage stamp requiring placement accuracy measured in micrometers.
Endace spends more than 20 per cent of its revenue on research and development and is one of New Zealand’s most highly awarded and successful high-tech companies.