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French Connection For NZ Technology

Media Release

19 June 2003

FRENCH CONNECTION FOR NZ TECHNOLOGY

Technology originating in the New Zealand kiwifruit industry is helping French stone fruit packers sort, grade and pack their product off to market in better time and condition.

Compac Sorting Equipment has appointed Caustier, as its agent in France. Caustier will utilise key Compac technology including carriers for singulation and transporting, weighing, grading and sorting software and hardware in the manufacture of a new machine marketed as the Calinda II.

David Buys, Compac's Business Development Manager, says although the relationship is in its early stages, there has already been a significant increase in the first three months, of the numbers of control units sent to France for Caustier to build.

"The alliance is a win-win one for both companies," says Mr Buys. "From Compac's perspective, we are gaining a greater presence in a significant market, and Caustier has access to the reliability and innovation that pays big dividends in packhouse economies."

Mr Buys says the Caustier connection is a further step in the company's growth, which has seen it post a steady 20% year on year growth.

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About Compac Sorting Equipment:

Manufacturers of high speed, accurate sorting systems for fruit and vegetables, Compac is a world leader in fruit sorting technology, through on-going commitment to research and development.

Visit Compac at http://www.compacsort.com


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