7 Oct 2010

Govt grant to develop cherry sorting machine

1:03 pm on 7 October 2010

An Auckland-based horticulture manufacturer says it will use a Government technology grant to develop a new high-speed sorting and grading machine for cherries.

Compac Sorting Equipment has received more than $3.5 million from the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology's business assistance programme, TechNZ.

Compac says it will match the grant, dollar for dollar.

The company manufactures fruit and vegetable packing technology, machinery, software and electronic products, used in more than 30 countries.

General manager Bob Shaw says the grant will fast-track development work for delicate and irregularly-shaped produce.