Vishwa Reddy, Fletcher Pacific Steel’s Fiji Rolling Mill Manager was awarded the Champion of Innovation at the inaugural Fletcher Building Innovation Awards, held on 3rd of November at Eden Park, Auckland. The award was jointly shared with Travis Griffin from Stramit Building Products. Reddy’s entry showcased an eclectic mix of innovations, cost saving and health & safety initiatives over the course of his employment with the Pacific Steel Rolling Mill based in Fiji.
From a total of 74 entries across 6 different categories, the award is the only category that acknowledged the efforts of an individual employee.
Judge and CEO of the ICEHOUSE, Andy Hamilton said that “Vishwa Reddy stood out as a champion of innovation. Not just one example, but many examples built up over years of innovating for Pacific Steel and their customers. Working with very little resources, acting with leadership and just getting things done - truly a great champion, the examples of his innovations are fantastic”. Champions in their own field, the independent judging panel also included: Murray Jack, Chief Executive of Deloitte, Richard Aitken, Chairman of Beca Group Ltd and Alan Jackson, Non-Executive Director of Fletcher Building.
Image :Vishwa Reddy, Rolling Mill Manager of Fletcher PacificSteel receives the award from Fletcher Building Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Ling