Waikato Milking Systems was one of a small number of representatives of New Zealand primary industries at the Agri-tech Industry Showcase held for His Excellency President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China during his visit in November.
The event held at Karaka on the final day of the President’s visit to New Zealand, celebrated China-New Zealand partnerships in agricultural technology and innovation. Xi Jinping was accompanied by the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key and the Minister for Primary Industries Hon Nathan Guy and a large Chinese delegation.
The carefully choreographed event saw the President officiate at a witnessed document exchange before he, John Key and Nathan Guy visited around 20 exhibition stands of leading New Zealand primary industry organisations which have strong ties with China.
Waikato Milking Systems and automation partner Afimilk have contracts to supply a large number of total milking systems to a number of China's biggest dairy entities, including Mengniu Dairy and Bright Dairy. The very first Waikato Milking Systems China install was completed in early 2012 in Xian. This install was completed by an all New Zealand team taking approximately 4 weeks. For high profile client, Mengniu Dairy, Waikato Milking Systems is providing a range of state-of-the-art rotary milking systems for a variety of locations across China. This includes Twin 80 bail rotaries that are operating 24 hours a day, milking 7500 cows three times a day.
Since then another 8 systems have been supplied and installed during 2013/2014 by a team of New Zealand installers along with the newly trained local Chinese personnel. New Zealand technical staff work very closely with the installers to oversee these projects. 2015 is looking to be Waikato Milking Systems biggest year to date in China, with confirmed orders in provinces from Tibet in the west to Heilongjiang in the north.
Waikato Milking Systems' products stand out by providing outstanding results for farmers while being exceptionally easy to use. A core design philosophy is to engineer complexity out of milking machinery, saving farm owners time and money while achieving optimal results. The products are exceptionally durable and reliable with very little maintenance needed - ideal for withstanding the rigours of 24-7 milking environments. Design innovations unique to Waikato Milking Systems include world-first high strength and lightweight Centrus composite rotary platform. Chinese customers were quick to identify the benefits of the new Centrus technology and as a result – a new 84 bail design was commissioned to meet the needs of China’s growing large-scale farming market.