KiwiNet Awards Finalist 2014: Springfree™ Trampoline, University of Canterbury

KiwiNet Awards Finalist 2014: Springfree™ Trampoline, University of Canterbury



when I got children in my own when my daughter came along I thought right time to have a trampoline and my wife said no they're too dangerous I did a bit of research and I found that yes trampolines were dangerous causing a lot of injuries around New Zealand in particular and so I thought well as an engineer maybe I can do something about this keith was the first guy to create some kind of radical departure from the original traditional trampoline design what Keith designed is safer so it removes you know statistically we now know it removes about eighty-five percent of the injury risk for every 16 spring fries that are installed in backyards around the world one kid stays out of accident and emergency I knew nothing about commercialization so when I started and the commercial part of it I thought I'd be pretty happy with getting 30 or 40 trampoline sold in New Zealand a year and now we're selling forty thousand of them a year and the business is growing it's pretty exciting to drive down the road and somewhere like Toronto and see one and somebody's backyard taking an idea to a company and working with them is like a marriage it's a long-term thing there are large numbers of people employed and gisburn and Christchurch producing components every week that are containerized and shipped to China actual factory that produces the trampolines now even though that's based in dongguan china it's owned by sprint through New Zealand we've been able to sustain that and justify that investment based on the fact that Keith Alexander was prepared to effectively underwrite the technical expertise that was required to set that manufacturing facility up my idea to make a safer trampoline it wasn't to make money it was really to get safer trampolines out this appearance could have a choice and could choose something that safe and kids could have fun without injuring themselves you

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