About

Who we are

The team

Zenith Tecnica was created with technology in mind and innovation & creativity at heart. With the goal to make titanium accessible through additive manufacturing, our team has grown and developed to be world specialists in our field. As a group, we are always looking for new ways of viewing the world, and finding new improvements to the current 'norm'. We are a tight team, and are always looking for new bright minds to help our customers reach their full potential with metal AM.

Our History

Our Machines

Our team utilize a fleet of GE Arcam Electron Beam Melting (EBM) machines. With a build volume of up to ⌀360x365mm and multiple machines, at our fingertips - we have some of the largest EBM capacity in the southern hemisphere.

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Sustainablity

Through precise use of material, less waste and reduced need for tooling and labour during production - additive manufacturing is already an inherently sustainable option.

However, when merged with titanium, we create products that have greatly extended-life-cycles, through corrosion resistance and the structural capabilities offered.

Zenith Tecnica also participates in eco-friendly and socially sustainable practices, such as solar powered production, eco-friendly packaging, metal powder recovery & recycling, and university program sponsorship. This assists us in offsetting our freight emissions, as well as allows us to support the next generation of minds.

Export Compliance

Zenith Tecnica is committed to compliance with all import/export regulatory controls such as the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Our team works diligently with our international customer base to ensure compliance with each country’s import and export requirements.

Quality

Certifications

Internationally recognized quality management standards for the aerospace industry. Click here to view our certification

Internationally recognised quality management standards for the medical industry.

 

Quality at Zenith Tecnica is the keystone of our activities, focused on continuous improvement, thriving for perfection and going above and beyond expectations. Our aim is to not just maintain our current certifications to ISO13485/AS9100 and performance of our Quality System, but to build on it, and grow with it. We operate within a wide range of heavily regulated industries, which means we have to be on the top of our game at every step of the way. By meeting these international standards, we ensure all of our customers can have confidence in the products we develop together, and complete trust in being served by qualified and trained engineers.



Qualifications

A true testament to our commitment to Quality, Performance and our ‘Customer First’ attitude lies in the Qualification, IQ/OQ/PQ and calibration of all critical machinery involved in the production process. This goes above and beyond our Certification Marks. Trust and Confidence are core values of our manufacturing capabilities.



Traceability

Traceability at Zenith Tecnica is built into all of our processes. All our raw materials can be traced to their source of origin, and can be followed at each step of the production process. Furthermore, we operate with tight controls of our production means, from parameters to testing, ensuring conformance of your parts with ASTM material standards and manufacturing good practice.

Team

Heather Grace

General Manager

NZCS Chemistry

NZ Diploma Surface Coatings Technology

NZIM Management Diploma

Diploma in Psychology – Specialising in Workplace Psychology

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Heather is the founder of the TechBiz Success Academy, and Success With Grace Ltd, an NZTE registered training provider specialised in growing successful technology businesses. Heather has over 30 years’ commercial experience in the science, engineering and technology sectors. She was co-founder of Technology Systems and held Sales Management, Business Development, Network Management and General Management roles with Bayer NZ, Downer EDI and Rebain International.

Heather holds an NZCS in Chemistry, an NZIM Management Diploma and a Diploma in Workplace Psychology. Her background provides Zenith Tecnica with expertise in sales and business growth strategies, leadership and talent management. She also brings international business experience in technology, manufacturing, service, distribution and supply chain management.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys ocean swimming, scuba diving and sailing.

Trent Mainwaring

Operations Manager

Bachelor of Engineering Technology, AUT University

Arcam EBM Certification Training Level 1

Arcam EBM Certification Training Level 2

Solidworks Surface Modelling Training

Materialise Magics Certification

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Trent was approached and employed by the founders of Zenith Tecnica when the company was being established in 2014. His role was to manage all CAD and file preparation operations and quoting. As Zenith grew, his role shifted into Production Manager and now to Operations Manager overseeing Zenith Tecnica’s team of engineers.

Trent’s engineering career started with fabrication as an ASME and NZS certified welder fabricator in the super yacht and construction industries. He quickly progressed to a Project & Factory Manager role for a specialist steel fabrication company. This was a very competitive industry where his major focus was on process- and cycle-time improvement and the related effect on costings.

After a hiatus exploring the globe, he then moved into the foundry industry. As Foundry Foreman he gained valuable experience in the fields of centrifugal-, die-, sand-, and investment-casting. This also included the design and build of wax injection machinery and fixturing equipment.

Trent’s passion for mechanical design lead him to a role as Project Manager & Design Engineer at a fabrication and profile cutting firm. This role entailed the design and build of bespoke mattress production line machinery. In this role he also project managed the manufacture and installation of production line conveyors and storage systems in Australasia’s largest foam manufacturing plant.

trent@zenithtecnica.com

Peter Sefont

Technical Director

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Mechatronics, The University of Auckland

GE Additive – Arcam EBM Material Development (Level 3)

Hi-Tech Metrology – Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing with Coordinate Metrology

Applied Vehicle Dynamics Seminar, Optimum G

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Peter leads Zenith Tecnica’s customer engagements and the engineering team to ensure that customer requirements are met. Peter started with Zenith Tecnica as a mechanical engineer in 2016 and has been a leader in the production team since 2018 when he was managing day-to-day production efforts. Since then he has moved to further engaging with customers to help solve their technical challenges and meet their ever-changing production requirements as demand for our services has grown.

Because Peter has been part of every stage of Zenith Tecnica’ s manufacturing processes since 2016 he has a wealth of knowledge to share with our customers to help them take their products to market.

Prior to starting at Zenith Tecnica, Peter spent time at Fisher and Paykel Healthcare in 2015 working on accelerated life testing, gauge repeatability and reproducibility, and various other metrology areas in an ISO13485 medical device production environment.

While at the University of Auckland, Peter was the team manager of the Formula SAE Team – A team of 50 that designs, manufactures, and races a formula style open-wheel race every year. After leading the development to an electric powertrain, he has good understanding of mechanical and electrical systems, maintaining relationships with sponsors & suppliers, and the challenges of running a technical team. Peter was also involved in the composites team and has experience in mould making, hand laying pre-impregnated fibres, wet laminating, and infusing CFRP components.

In his spare time, he enjoys road trips, swimming, and spectating or participating in motorsport events.

pete@zenithtecnica.com

Victor Gillet

Quality Manager

BTEC Higher National Diploma – Advanced Diploma in conception & industrialisation of Microtechnology, Noisiel – France

Certified Auditor (ISO9001, ISO13485)

Certificate of ISO Management System Audit Techniques and Best Practices Certified Internal Auditor

SOLIDWORKS (BASW1 & Advanced Drawing)

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Victor joined Zenith Tecnica with his background in quality systems after a push for AS9100:RevD and future certifications. He began his career 10 years ago completing contract work for a design office and workshop creating 3D models and prototypes. Following this he worked for a Medical Device company in Paris for 7 years and participated in the development and design of 16 new surgical instruments that were FDA-approved and CE marked. This included design transfer, risk analysis, implementation of product change management tools, defective product analysis and more.

Victor left France in 2016 and began working for a sapphire mining company in Mauritius as a quality manager contractor where he created a traceability system and certification process for ethical sapphires to guarantee ‘mine to market’ traceability. This involved integration of quality management systems, project management, training, implementation of quality tools and marketing team support.

Upon arriving in New Zealand in 2017 he took a position as a program manager and auditor for the medical branch of a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) before moving to Zenith Tecnica

Outside of work Victor enjoys exercising, running and exploring New Zealand!

Morgan Worthington

Marketing and Creative Lead

Bachelor of Business – Massey University

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certificate - Google Digital Garage

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Morgan started with Zenith Tecnica in early 2021 as Digital Marketing & Customer Service Coordinator, taking on the task of working with the team to create a new and comprehensive marketing strategy to fit with the growing nature of the business. After completing his Bachelor of Business, Morgan has worked in marketing and project management roles for multiple technical industries and has found a passion in strategy and implementing sustainable practices. He has always had an interest in the creative design process from start to finish, even beginning his time at university studying architecture. As such, Zenith Tecnica was the perfect meld of technicality, design and creativity. Morgan now heads up the marketing department as Marketing and Creative Lead.

In his spare time, Morgan is an avid photographer and loves finding new and interesting compositions and combining his creative and technological side with photo manipulation and editing.

Emma Hall

Administration & Export Compliance Officer

Diploma in Sports & Recreation

Emma joined Zenith Tecnica in July of 2021, as the Administration Assistant and quickly rose to the task of becoming our export compliance officer, and is heavily involved in our Quality Management Systems and Logistics.

Emma has a working background in various industries including utilities & hospitality. She has a keen interest in problem solving and streamlining processes.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys roller skating, music, macramé and gaming.

Kurt Schmidt

Production Manager

Master of Engineering (Hons) – Mechanical, Auckland University of Technology

Bachelor of Engineering Technology – Mechanical, Auckland University of Technology

GE Additive – Arcam EBM Material Development (Level 3)

Hi-Tech Metrology – Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing with Coordinate Metrology

Certificate in Consultative Sales – The Icehouse

Certificate in FluidPower Engineering – Hyspecs

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As the Production Manager, Kurt leads the Production Engineers and works together with the Workshop Manager to ensure quality components are manufactured and delivered on time. Kurt first joined Zenith Tecnica in 2018 as a master’s student, then after being employed as a full-time Additive Manufacturing Engineer he progressed to Production Lead, and now Production Manager.  Kurt holds a Master of Engineering degree with first class honours from AUT University and is one of a few people in Australasia to have been trained by GE Additive in their EBM Material Development level 3 program. Kurt specialises in additive manufactured surfaces and failure mechanics. His work on adhesive bonding is published in Additive Manufacturing Letters and can be read here.

During his time as an Additive Manufacturing Engineer, Kurt had a specific focus on process validation and continuous improvement and many of the controls and processes used today at Zenith resulted from his investigations into controlling operating parameters.

Having graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical) in 2013, Kurt has spent a decade working across many industries from designing and manufacturing large hydraulic systems, developing mobile phone applications, and offering freelance engineering design services. Having this diverse engineering background helps Kurt to collaborate with customers to find unique solutions to even the most complex of design problems.

Outside of work Kurt enjoys spending time with his wife and son, rock climbing, surfing, running, and writing music.

Luke Davies-Colley

Mechanical Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Mechanical, University of Canterbury

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Luke started at Zenith Tecnica in March of 2021, as a Mechanical Engineer.
After graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2017 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Luke has had experience in several engineering design and project engineering roles. This gave him exciting exposure to a range of projects and has allowed him to bring extensive knowledge and different insights to Zenith Tecnica. He has also had plenty of time on the tools in manufacturing plants doing maintenance and repair work. Luke excels with problem solving, and is a valuable member of the team.

Outside of work, Luke enjoys everything surfing and skating related and is always looking for new coastlines to explore.

Logan Nutsford

Mechanical Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Mechatronics, Massey University

Logan joined the Zenith Tecnica team in April 2021, moving up to to Auckland from Blenheim in the process. Logan Completed his Mechatronics Engineering degree at Massey University in 2020 and always had a keen interest in additive manufacturing.
Logan started at Zenith in the workshop team and has since moved into an engineering role within the production team working on nesting, supporting and quoting.

In his spare time, he enjoys cars, 3D printing and walks on the beach.

Dan Todd

Workshop Manager

New Zealand Certificate in Boat Building

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Dan has been the workshop manager at Zenith Tecnica since 2016. He has picked up new skills working with Arcam EBM machines and enjoys the challenges that come with them.

Dan is a very hands-on person with 16 years in light to heavy welding and fabrication. During this time he spent a large portion of time building and installing large machinery around the world which included working with hydraulics and electrical systems.

Outside of work Dan spends weeks volunteering his skills to fix DOC huts and tracks in the south island. He enjoys the outdoors; boating, fishing, tramping, hunting and staying fit.

Emil Ryberg

Workshop Assistant

Arcam EBM Certification Training Level 1

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Emil first joined Zenith Tecnica in 2016 after obtaining Level 1 EBM certification in his home country and the home of GE Additive Arcam, Sweden, before coming to New Zealand for a year of work experience. Emil came back on board in 2019 as our workshop assistant after moving back to New Zealand. Emil also serves as our health and safety officer.

Emil has worked in a variety of roles such as lamination – hand laying fiberglass, warehouse and recycling operation, as a food courier, and even as an operator in an ice cream factory!

Emil is a lover of everything outdoors and enjoys playing music, hiking and camping, gardening and DIY, surfing, swimming, running, and woodworking!