28 | MANUFACTURING Howard Wright Ltd Innovative firm leads from the front Richard Loader to page 30 Laminex New Zealand is proud to supply Howard Wright with their compact laminate requirements for manufacturing medical beds & stretchers. COMPACT LAMINATE APPLICATIONS Hospitals Doctors Surgeries Laboratory Environments Laboratory Furniture Multi Award Winning Screen & Digital Printer AUCKLAND 103 Felton Mathew Ave Ph. 09 528 9192 firstname.lastname@example.org CHRISTCHURCH 49 Treffers Road, 8042 Ph. 03 379 2288 email@example.com Delighted to design and supply an unprecedented curved control panel to Howard Wright www.permark.co.nz www.electronicimaging.co.nz Full in house design with 50 years experience, to give customers a Custom Designed and Manufactured Solution of a variety of plastics, metals and speciality adhesives. We are a New Zealand owned Innovative company offering integrated wire technology solutions, wiring looms, sub-assembly and production solutions for manufacturers throughout the world. • Flexible solutions for manufacturers • Process improvement solutions • Assembly work • Cost-effective manufacturing in our Samoan facility • ISO 9001:2015 certified www.fero.co.nz T he Howard Wright story is one of those wonderful examples of kiwi ingenuity and innovation that has left its mark on the world stage and made a difference to human kind. In the early 1960s, Howard Wright, a clever engineer and motor mechanic by trade was approached by a nurse who had seen a hospi- tal bed that could be raised and lowered while on her overseas travels. When asked if he could build something similar, Howard accepted the challenge and from the basement of his New Plymouth home Howard Wright Ltd was born. Almost sixty years on, the tradition of innovation continues and Howard Wright Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of stretchers and medical beds. While Howard passed away in 2012, the New Plymouth based team at Howard Wright Ltd has retained his vision for innovative yet practical design under the leadership of CEO Bruce Moller, who has been part of the jour- ney for the last 29 years. In the mid 2000s the business went through the government’s Better by Design pro- gramme, progressing the way it designed and manufactured its products. During the same period, Howard Wright Ltd also developed its export business and this financial year over 80% of its product will head to hospitals off-shore. “Our main product range is hospital medical beds, and stretchers for emergency depart- ments which have radiolucent decks and are fully electric,” says Bruce “We also design and manufacture some specialty products like the shower bathing trolley. The M10 medical bed won the Gold Award at the Australian Good Design award and the Gold Design Award at Best Awards in New Zealand.