In early March, over sixty bright innovative minds gathered in Mannheim (Germany) for the 2015 Aliaxis Innovation Days.
During a two-day session, they presented best practices, shared innovation success and discussed the approach to a group wide innovation strategy.
Aliaxis, parent company to RX Plastics, has over 100 companies in the group and employs more than 15,700 staff around the world.
A highlight of this gathering was the first ever Aliaxis Innovation Awards. Over 50 entries from around the world showcased some of the best thinking from a diverse range of businesses.
The Aliaxis Product Innovation Award 2014 was awarded to RX Plastics for the G-Set low maintenance irrigation system: a cost-effective, low maintenance and highly efficient irrigation system.
The team at RX Plastics here in New Zealand is proud to have achieved international recognition for a product that is only just beginning to be recognised for the innovative use of technology that it brings to New Zealand farmers.
RX marketing manager Phil Gatehouse was heavily involved in the development of the product, particularly the remote controller functionality, and he believes it is a solution that will prove to be a winner for many New Zealand farmers.
"What we are seeing is demand from South Island farmers in particular who really want to optimise pasture growth on large farms. Being able to use wifi controlled technology to exert a high level of control on application depth from one part of the farm to another brings a new dimension to growing pasture. Variable irrigation is a subject of much discussion at present in the farming community, and G-Set is the perfect example of this technology.
"As farmers are increasingly implementing technologies like GPS to control spread of fertiliser and UAV's to monitor stock and large pastoral properties, G-Set is a perfect fit in helping to reduce labour costs associated with irrigation and delivering a finely tuned water delivery system for almost any property."
G-Set will be on display at RX Plastics' booth at Mystery Creek Fieldays 2015, and the company expects a high level of interest from farmers who are already hearing about the product through word of mouth and on-line.
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