Crate innovation cuts freight costs

Rotaform Plastics

The Mangere plant of Rotaform Plastics is testament to the company’s innovative approach, including state-of-the-art robotic manufacturing processes.

Rotaform Plastics has been in the moulding business for 30 years, with products in four distinct markets: Rhino bins, crates and pallets; Forme Leisure spas; Pelican Marine; and NZ Tank Co.

The company’s latest breakthrough is a unique vented folding Rhino crate which cuts freight cost by up to 50 per cent – a boon for customers including produce giant Turners & Growers.

The new crate was developed and brought to market with a research and development (R&D) grant from the Government which was accessed with the help of specialists at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s (ATEED) South area office.

Rotaform Plastics general manager David Brumby says the R&D grant – which matched the company’s own investment – was crucial in developing and commercialising a product which has resulted in the largest Rhino order so far.

“ATEED’s team was excellent at advising us on the funding options available, and helping us to complete a successful application. The advisor’s experience was invaluable.

Yvette Hellyer, ATEED’s Manager Business Growth – South, says ATEED’s central government-funded R&D programme helps businesses turn clever ideas into reality.

“Our specialist R&D advisers can help clients access funding for everything from expert technology advice to protecting intellectual property.

“Many innovative companies such as Rotaform Plastics can develop great product concepts, but they aren’t familiar with R&D funding sources,” Yvette says.

“Our clients’ applications have a great success rate.”

ATEED’s free or low-cost programmes support businesses to grow and prosper. They include business advice, mentoring, specialist start-up skills, R&D funding, capability assessments, business awards, investment advice, and funding for training.


Speak to ATEED South area office about how R&D funding could help your business succeed. Phone (09) 354 0095.