Sale spurs 100 new R&D jobs

Hamilton-based firm Computer Systems Engineering is to considerably expand following its recent acquisition by a US firm.

Hamilton-based firm Computer Systems Engineering is to considerably expand following its recent acquisition by a US firm.

Texas-based Pavilion Technologies, which works in Enterprise Optimisation and Advanced Process Control (APC), has bought Computer Systems Engineering, the parent company of ISP Wave Internet.

Around 100 IT jobs will be created once the new company - to be renamed PavTech New Zealand - becomes a worldwide research and development centre for its new US parent.

A nationwide roll-out is planned this month of its existing toll free ISP service - Wave Internet - and will soon offer a range of Web-based training programmes.

PavTech will be the worldwide research and development centre for the food, dairy and beverage business unit within Pavilion Technologies and will serve as a “testlab” for development and testing of new products.

"We will be rolling out a lot of the technologies we have employed in New Zealand and enhanced for the Australasian market," says PavTech marketing manager Wayne Attwell.

Pavillion plans to further strengthen its alliance with Anchor Products, which will see their advanced process control networks technology being applied overseas.

The company also works with Carter Holt Harvey, Tasman Pulp & Paper, Heinz Wattie and the Italian Bonlac dairy firm.

About 35 people are presently employed, but Atwell says another 100 will be taken on, mostly local, with a few transfers from the US. The jobs will mostly be for advanced software engineers.

Pavilion is chaired by Lee Walker, former and founding president of Dell Computers.

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