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Compac: leading the world in accurate, high speed packhouse technology for the produce industry.

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It all began over 30 years ago with a prototype built in the garage of a student flat.

A visionary young man, completing a Masters degree in electrical engineering foresaw a gap in the rapidly expanding kiwifruit market in New Zealand.

He identified that the industry lacked a fruit sorting machine that combined mechanical, electrical and optical technologies, that would be faster and more accurate than conventional fruit grading machines available at the time. So he decided to build one.

That young man was Hamish Kennedy, the founder of Compac.

Hamish was the son of a kiwifruit orchardist and what he was about to build in the basement of his friend's house would revolutionize accurate, high speed sorting machines for the fresh produce market -  turning a part-time project into a global business.

Leading the way in the future of packhouse technology.

Compac quickly grew from the leading provider of kiwifruit sorting equipment to a world class, global business that sets the benchmark for advancements in technology across the produce industry. Compac’s team exceeds more than 700 people globally and provide packhouse solutions for customers in more than 40 countries.

Compac's technical superiority and market success lies in matching superior engineering and design concepts with the differing needs of our customers around the world. Our packhouse solutions set the industry standard for others to follow and our drive for continued technical innovation and successful customer partnerships is what will continue to set us apart from the rest.

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Meet our global leaders

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Ken Moynihan
CEO of Compac

Ken has 15 years’ experience in technology executive functions including leadership roles in general management, product development and strategy. This includes roles in Compac as Chief Technology Officer and VP Engineering based in New Zealand and later as Senior Vice President and General Manager for North America at Compac/TOMRA based in California. Based in Auckland, New Zealand Ken’s focus is on the expansion of our global footprint dedicated to bringing world-class expertise and technology solutions to our customers in local markets around the globe.

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Stian Andersen
VP, Head of Finance and Administration

Over my career I have developed a broad experience in finance leadership, specialising in insight, change management, controlling and risk management. I have been fortunate to have held senior and lead positions in numerous business and finance change projects including M&A, structural reorganisations and ERP implementations, and I aim to foster the same passion for change within the finance team here at Compac. I am also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales.

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Even Rekdal
Chief Operations Officer 

Even joins Compac from TOMRA Collection Solutions where he was formally Vice President, Supply Chain in Germany. Graduating with a Masters degree in Engineering Design, Even started his career in product development, service and operations. Even has more than 14 years’ service with TOMRA, and prior to his most recent role, Even was based in China for five years where he was the China Country Manager for TOMRA. He established and built their business organization and operations there including the establishment of the China procurement function for TOMRA.  As Chief Operations Officer, Even will be accountable for the optimisation of our Global Operations, our Supply Chain and our quality and new product introduction systems and processes. 

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Maria Limbrick
VP, Head of People & Organisation | HR

Maria joined Compac in February 2017 as the Manager – People & Capability following over five years in the civil construction industry, including Fulton Hogan and CPB/Leighton Contractors. Based in Auckland and now Regional Director, Maria has the responsibility for operational people and capability support to the Oceania region, as well as overall leadership of Compac’s people and capability functions and strategy.

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Darrell Smithson
VP Global Services 

Based in California, Darrell has a background in managed services within some of the world’s most recognized industry brands. He was previously VP - Strategy Global Solutions for Schnieder Electric, where he headed a team providing strategic planning and support to Schneider’s Global Solutions Business Unit, with a focus across the key segments of services, software and digital services. At Compac, Darrell has responsibility for Compac’s global services functions comprising of; pre-sales engineering, project management and implementation post sale, along with customer service, support and training globally.

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Dean Barker
VP, Head of Research & Development 

Dean has 20 years of experience in research and development, working across both government and private sectors, ranging from horticultural research to medical device R&D.  He has a reputation for growing aligned and focused high-performance teams, quickly identifying what matters and works at the juncture between industry and science.  Dean’s educational background includes physics, electronics, and chemical engineering, holding a PhD from Cambridge University.  This broad range of skills and experience underpin Dean’s ability to fulfil his responsibilities at the head of Compac R&D, bringing to bear the latest in vision, NIR, and other technologies, to create accurate, high speed packhouse technology for the produce industry.

Compac is part of the TOMRA family

TOMRA Food designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions for the food industry, using the world's most advanced grading, sorting, peeling and analytical technology

An award-winning business 

  • 2006 - 2010
    Winner

    Business success from science and technology Foundation for Research Science and Technology

    Winner

    Research & Development Bayer Innovators Awards

    Supreme winner

    New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards with both Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year and Hi-Tech Company of the Year

  • 2012
    Supreme winner

    New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards with both Hi-Tech Exporter of the Year and Hi-Tech Company of the Year

    Winner

    New Zealand Export Awards Deal of the Year

    Winner

    Compac founder, Hamish Kennedy named as Engineering Entrepreneur of the Year

  • 2014
    Winner

    ISHS Horticulture Innovation Award

  • 2015
    Winner

    Compac Founder, Hamish Kennedy named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year - Technology category winner

  • 2017
    Winner

    New Zealand Hi-Tech Award for Best Hi-Tech Solution for the Agritech Sector

    Winner

    PMA-Produce Plus Marketer of the Year Award for the 'Spectrim launch' Campaign