The Auckland arm of a US high-tech laser scanning company says it is about to sign up its first local customer.
Kiwi Dennis Row created the Asia-Pacific headquarters of California-based Cyra Technologies two years ago because he wanted to return home.
After a New Zealand launch a year ago, the scanners have been trialled by a couple of local companies, and Row says a major tertiary educational instition has a purchase "pending," but he declines to say whom in case this scuppers the deal.
Row says there are six users of the technology in Australia, mostly small survey companies, plus 250 sites worldwide, almost double the figure of a year ago.
"But we have not grown as fast as we would have liked," he says.
He had planned to employ 100 staff within a few years, but he still only has four employees, claiming growth has been hampered by the ongoing "tech-wreck".
The lasers use technology from the US military-industrial complex and can be as accurate to 5mm within 50m.
Row says the Cyrax scanner is like a 3D camera for engineers that "brings the site to the desktop".
The Milford firm has a couple of software developers working on software CAD integration and automated software quality assurance work. It still plans to take on 100 staff when conditions allow.