New Zealand frost fan blades company quadruples output to meet global demand

FrostBoss® opened a new Blade Manufacturing Facility on September 26th, 2023 in New Zealand. It has the capability to manufacture three times its previous capacity, with the company poised to supply frost fan blades to meet the worldwide demand.

FrostBoss, headquartered in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, has been in the industry for 28 years. It produces efficient frost fans, that the company currently exports to six continents, protecting a vast array of crops.

The company launched a new brand too. "As well as manufacturing blades and assembling machines right here in Hawke's Bay, we have installation and service teams throughout Australia and New Zealand close to our key customers and growing areas," says Andrew Priest, CEO of FrostBoss. "With international growth a priority, we have recently opened an office in Europe to spearhead our sales and business development efforts across the region."

At a time when climate change has resulted in more unpredictable weather conditions worldwide, FrostBoss frost fans have proven their value for high-value crops that are frequently affected by severe frosts. "Our products and services are now in a dozen countries and counting, protecting wine and table grapes, nuts, citrus, stone fruit, pip fruit, berries, kiwifruit, avocados, mangoes, even instant lawn and grass… anything that can be damaged by frost," states Priest.

FrostBoss machines are complemented by FrostConsult™ & FrostSmart® services, providing a holistic solution to growers. FrostConsult offers bespoke in-depth climate field studies assessing frost risk, climate data analysis, advice on frost protection frost fan placement. FrostSmart monitoring services provide powerful insights and can be used to check if Frost Fans are armed and ready before a frost, check on operation during a frost event and to analyse historical data.

FrostBoss have recently launched a Lay-Down Tower option with orders for France and NZ, primarily for areas with visual amenity regulations e.g. UNESCO heritage areas such as Saint-Emilion in France. "We have recently launched a FrostBoss fan that can lie flat for those customers in aesthetically sensitive areas, as well as growers who require the use of centre pivots for irrigation where fans are located," says Priest.

Many of the company’s customers worldwide have replaced their existing blades with 'designed to perform' FrostBoss blades, resulting in more efficient, economical and quieter frost fans. Over the last 10 years, FrostBoss success has resulted in its revenue quadrupling, made possible through strong partnerships including NZTE for all overseas market support, and a robust supply chain network consisting of local and global suppliers.

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