It is always great to see an innovative West Coast business being recognised on the national stage, and Vertigo Technologies did just that at the EMEX Tech Show earlier this month.

EMEX is the largest manufacturing tech show in New Zealand with over 150 exhibitors. Vertigo Technologies was selected along with 12 other companies to be part of the event’s Innovation Lab sponsored by Callaghan Innovation and Locus Research. Vertigo took out the top innovation prize, winning $7,500 of professional development services from Callaghan Innovation.

“This will allow us to start work on our Intellectual Property Strategy,” says Brett Cottle from Vertigo Technologies.

Vertigo is a Westport based start-up that makes desktop computer numerical control (CNC) machines. They cater to the growing market of hobbyists and small businesses who are wanting to automate their processes. Schools and tertiary providers have also been purchasing the Vertigo CNCs.

“Starting up on the West Coast has been a real positive for Vertigo Technologies. Westport and the West Coast have been super supportive. Our customers love our story that we design and make our machines in Westport,” Brett says.

“The support we have had from Development West Coast, NZTE and Callaghan Innovation has been excellent, and we feel it is because the people working in those roles here on the Coast have the ability to really get to know our business.”

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