Buckley soars into Flying Kiwi ranks

Buckley soars into Flying Kiwi ranks

Bill Buckley, founder of electromagnet maker Buckley Systems, has added the Hi-Tech Hall of Fame Flying Kiwi award to his haul of honours.

The company's magnets are used in the manufacture of of more than 90 percent of silicon chips globally, along with flat screens, medical machines and particle accelerators.

Buckley was named New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year two years ago, is a former trade exporter of the year and holds a New Zealand Order of Merit.

He started his first engineering firm in 1978 and established Buckley Systems in 1986. β€œIt’s no good doing what anyone can do. You have to go after the stuff that is too complicated for the average engineer so you can be Johnny on the spot when the demand hits," says Buckley.

The company is still headquartered in Auckland and now employs 300 staff. Buckley's Order of Merit was for services to business, technology and motorsport.

He's a well known supporter of the Western Springs Speedway in Auckland.

Buckley is in prestigious company in the Hall of Fame, joining airport systems company Glidepath founder Sir Ken Stevens, cloud accounting firm Xero founder Rod Drury, Sir Bill Gallagher, whose company is famous for electric fence innovation and communications pioneeer Sir Angus Tait, among others.