Auckland-based company A-Ward Attachments has taken out the 2012 Swedish Steel Prize, holding its own against the likes of Volvo and John Deere.
A-Ward was awarded the prize for its use of high tensile steel in its MiSlide Compactor machine, which compresses and packs scrap metal or waste into export shipping containers.
Scrap is loaded directly onto shipping containers, which saves both time and money, while horizontal loading reduces the risk of damage to the containers. The environmental impact is reduced because the scrap containers need not be specially manufactured and ordinary container transportation can be used.
The MiSlide Compactor is sold worldwide to companies in the recycling and waste management sector.
"A-Ward demonstrates the advantages of high strength steel with an innovative and well-planned solution. Productivity and service life have been improved significantly and their products contribute to a more sustainable society," said KG Ramström, chairman of the jury.
The Swedish Steel Prize, now in its 13th year, honours people and businesses for innovative uses of steel around the world.
A-Ward has also been previously recognised in the Export New Zealand Awards and the Deloitte Fast 50.
A-Ward’s bright red demolition attachments, with names like Grapple Jaws and Pulveriser Jaws, are frequently used by Christchurch companies.