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  • Shaun Coffey thanked for transforming IRL into crown jewel of Callaghan Innovation

    25 January, 2013

    Industrial Research Ltd chairman Michael Ludbrook has praised outgoing IRL Chief Executive Shaun Coffey for tranforming the Crown Research Institute into a national asset that will be the crown jewel of Callaghan Innovation. 

  • Shaun Coffey congratulates Callaghan Innovation directors

    Shaun Coffey
    22 January, 2013

    Shaun Coffey, the retiring CEO of Industrial Research Ltd (IRL), has congratulated the newly-announced directors of Callaghan Innovation on their appointments.

  • Statement by IRL CEO Shaun Coffey

    30 November, 2012

    After careful reflection, I have decided to pursue new career directions. In the last week the position of Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) as a significant contributor to the NZ innovation system has been further acknowledged through a series of Awards and Medals, including one of the PM’s Science Prizes. IRL is now well recognised for its work with industry. I am confident that I will be leaving IRL in a sound state and well positioned for the future.

  • IRL scientists honoured for innovation with impact

    22 November, 2012

    Leading the fight against deadly disease, improving concert hall acoustics around the world and explaining how innovation underpins prosperity are just some of the feats that have earned Industrial Research Ltd’s top scientists recognition at this year’s most prestigious research awards.

  • IRL and Unitec collaboration to bolster high-tech workforce

    13 November, 2012

    A closer working relationship between Industrial Research Ltd and Unitec aims to deliver more and better work-ready high-tech workers to New Zealand industry.

  • Automatic benefits

    8 November, 2012

    Waikato businesses keen to gain a competitive edge through automation – but who think it’s just too expensive or difficult – can learn the simple secrets to success next week at a free interactive workshop with experts from Industrial Research Ltd (IRL).

  • Internships to boost Māori business innovation

    3 November, 2012

    Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) and partners today (Sat Nov 3) unveiled a Māori Enterprise Internship programme designed to boost the science and innovation capability of Māori businesses and help grow a sector of the NZ economy worth around $37 billion.

  • NZ tech sector boosts R&D spend and shines bright: TIN Report

    26 October, 2012

    Industrial Research Ltd partners feature prominently among R&D-focused firms posting strong growth in 2012 survey of NZ’s top high-tech companies.

  • IRL annual report shows profitable organisation transforming industry

    11 October, 2012

    Industrial Research Limited’s annual report reveals a highly networked, business-friendly research and development organisation that has achieved solid growth in commercial revenue despite a sluggish economy and which is having an increasing impact on a wide range of innovative businesses.

  • Defence Technology Agency and Industrial Research to collaborate on research and development

    30 August, 2012

    The Defence Technology Agency and Industrial Research Limited (IRL) today signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to work closely on developing new technologies to benefit New Zealand – now and in the future.


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