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New appointment a coup, says MWI

Meat & Wool Innovation chief executive David Bremner believes the appointment of Dr Richard Templer as the research and development general manager is a coup for MWI.

"I believe Richard will be of enormous benefit to not only MWI but Meat New Zealand and the entire organisation. He has a tremendous amount of experience and his record speaks for itself," Bremner said.

Prior to his appointment at MWI, Templer was employed by Industrial Research Limited for eight years, latterly serving as the automation systems team manager. He has also worked for Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Auckland University and in Sweden for carmaker Volvo, among others, Bremner said. "His role at IRL involved developing automation solutions for the meat and wool industry."

"Richard has also won a number of prestigious awards including the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand Innovation Award 2002 and the 2001 NZIM New Zealand Young Executive of the Year."

Templer will be responsible for managing the R and D services and information transfer that MWI is contracted by Meat New Zealand and the Wool Board to carry out. "This role is one of MWI's core functions and I believe that having someone of Richard's calibre as general manager will ensure farmers and meat processors get the best out of MWI," Bremner said.

Templer himself said he has a passion for the meat and wool industry and has always enjoyed working to improve returns for the entire industry. "I believe that the future of New Zealand depends on the success of our primary industries," he said. "My aim is to work with researchers and funders to improve the industry. The development of new products, new technologies and the adoption of new practices will lead to better returns for New Zealand producers and processors."

"Farming has long been the backbone of the New Zealand economy, and I believe that through good research and development, New Zealand can not only maintain but extend our competitive advantage over our rivals," Templer said.

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