Better Exporting Meetup – Manufacturing

Better Exporting Meetup – Manufacturing

Better Exporting Meetup – Manufacturing

ExportNZ is a community of exporters providing each other with the inspiration, collegial support and advice to allow their business to prosper.  We see incredible power in what we call peer-to-peer engagement – that’s companies learning from and listening to other companies’ experiences in different markets and sectors.

In light of the COVID-19 crisis we are holding weekly virtual meetups to keep you informed on how other export companies are managing their business through these unknown or difficult times.  Each week we will cover a different industry sector where three presenters will cover their business post Covid-19 and how they have previously and are currently succeeding globally through the application of best practice across all elements of their international growth strategy.

When heading overseas and entering new markets you are entering unchartered territory – you don’t know what you need to know until you need to know it – that’s the danger.

In order to maximise the opportunity and mitigate the risk you need access to good advice

Exporters sharing real world experience – real world help going off-shore.

This session will cover the Manufacturing sector.

To help facilitate the valuable exchange of ideas amongst the group, we run these events in a boardroom style format – relaxed, less structured, and highly interactive.

Highlights of roundtable ‘peer review’ conversations:

  • You receive unexpected valuable information.
  • You will likely hear about problems that you haven’t faced yet, but will in the future.
  • Although you may not be aware of the issue yet, hearing solutions from other professionals will help you plan accordingly
  • Input from many experts with varying perspectives which produces new thinking that challenges existing best practices

As seats for this event are quite limited, we are accepting registrations from Exporting businesses only. This is a great chance to join this round-table with a wide range of exporters!


Greg Jarvis, CEO, Bluelab Corporation Ltd

Bluelab Corporation Ltd designs, manufactures and markets a range of metering and control equipment for measuring and controlling parameters such as pH, conductivity and temperature. The products are sold mainly through global distribution partners, although a small percentage of product is sold directly to customers via our buy on line website. The company exports its product range to USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Greg has been the CEO and major shareholder in Bluelab (and its predecessors) since 2000, in which time he has developed significant experience in all aspects of international business development. Recent activities include the formation of the Bluelab USA office based in California to enable a stronger in-market presence for the company in North America.

Dion Orbell, Chief People Officer, Buckley Systems LTD

Sam Watson, Group CEO, Southern Spas

Sam Watson is the CEO of the two arms of the private equity backed North Technology Group. The first is the Southern Spars Group, the world’s largest carbon fibre yacht mast business, building the engine above the deck for the most demanding Grand Prix race boats and luxury Super Yachts under the Southern Spars, Hall Spars and Future Fibres brands. In addition Sam is the CEO of the recently acquired North Actionsports Group, a business focused on the kiteboarding and windsurfing markets under the market leading North Kiteboarding and Mystic Waterwear brands. Combined Sam is responsible for US$100m of revenue with 700 staff based in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sri Lanka, the UK and the US. Having grown up in NZ Sam now manages the businesses from his dual home bases of Amsterdam, NL and Newport, Rhode Island.

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