DEC has been practising perfect since 1941.
For over eighty years, DEC has been defined by the idea that innovative thinking must be met with manufacturing excellence.
DEC has outspent competitors in R&D, not just because we’re energised by technologically exciting ideas, but because we’ve pursued better ways of bringing these ideas to life, to wider markets and to more people.
From manufacturing BIC pens to developing NZ’s most successful milking systems; from making Fisher & Paykel Healthcare equipment to becoming Zoetis’ (formerly Pfizer) number one worldwide animal health manufacturer with CIDR – the global standard in slow release livestock fertility cycle control.
It’s not our over eighty years of history that matters now. It’s the practice this history represents in sharpening our injection moulding manufacturing and product development and commercialisation processes – in pursuit of perfect.
Our business was founded in 1941 as Plastic Products Limited, establishing itself as a leader in NZ’s plastics industry.1941
By the 1950s Plastics Products was a manufacturing powerhouse, making everything from BIC pens to household items.1950
The 1960s saw a merger with Alex Harvey Industries, and the golden age of co-development with innovators in Waikato’s Ruakura Research Centre – NZ’s leading agricultural innovation entity.1960
1970 - 80
The 1970-80s saw the merger into Carter Holt Harvey, and the establishment of the Dairy Division. This Division has a heavy focus on innovations into automated milking systems (now Waikato Milking Systems), inline milk sensors (now SensorTech), blast milk cooling at the farm gate (now Coolsense), and implants for cow/sheep fertility controlling (CIDR).1970 - 80
1970 - 80
In the 1990s, DEC International Inc. buys the Dairy Division of Carter Holt Harvey for the world-class automated milking system, moving the industry away from the one-cow-one-pot model to the automated, scalable systems we know today.1990
The turn of the millennium saw the sale of much celebrated Waikato Milking Systems, and FDA approval for the CIDR implant technology, which brought access to the massive US market. This was NZ’s first FDA approved pharmaceutical product.2001
Further acquisitions and joint ventures brought about the acquisition of ICP Bio Limited and the formation of Robotic Milking System NZ Limited, leading to research and IP opportunities.2003
2005 marked the beginning of a relationship with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare to manufacture critical healthcare components.2005
The following year brought about a partnership with NZ multinational dairy co-operative Fonterra, to develop an innovative double closure system for milk vials that incorporates an RF-ID tracking tag.2006
Farming automation company, Dairy Automation Limited, was spun out and eventually sold to NZ’s Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) in 2014.2007
By 2017, manufacture of the CIDR controlled-drug releasing implants rapidly scales, seeing over eight million implants sold to Zoetis, which are distributed to over 50 countries.2017
From 2018, DEC starts heavy investment into R&D, and pivots toward attracting and partnering with innovators in human and animal healthcare technologies.2018
DEC Pharmaceutical were named the winners of Service Excellence, International Trade and the overall Foster Construction Group Supreme Award at Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2022. The Supreme Award recognises businesses with solid commercial offerings, a clear strategy, strong commitment to their people, sustainable financials and a close interaction with other businesses to benefit the wider community.
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