11 Once a year, a few of our technicians – Robert, Torbjörn and Andreas – travel from Trioplast to New Zealand. They trav- el in December, when it is darkest in Swe- den and some days later they get off the plane in summer on the other side of the world. But they are not on holiday, there are weeks of hard work in front of them and not much time over to explore New Zealand.   Having development partners in New Zealand means that we gain an extra season for our field tests – a season that shortens our development period by about one year,” says Torbjörn Runesson, Development Engineer at Trioplast.   The reason is that New Zealand’s sum- mer provides scope for more field tests in addition to those we have time for in the summer period in our latitudes. The field tests, as the term suggests, are carried out in fields at Trioplast’s partners around the world. The field tests concern the fur- ther development of existing products to be even better, as well as testing new in- novative products and solutions. One of Trioplast’s partners in New Zealand is Slattery Contracting. The company’s owner, Helen Slattery, feels the collabora- tion is valuable for both parties.   “Knowledge is power,” she says and adds that Trioplast possesses a considera- ble amount of it. And Helen considers that knowledge is also crucial for developing Slattery Contracting’s business. Far away, but still close Slattery Contracting, which has collabo- rated with Trioplast since the early 1990s, are more than satisfied with the partner- ship and the products, which she consid- ers are the best on the market.   “The only negative aspect that I can think of is that we are so far away from each other in a purely geographical sense.” Yet despite the distance and time differ- ence, Helen considers that the support from Trioplast works very well. ”I WANT MY CHILDREN TO GROW UP IN A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY WHERE MATERIAL IS RECYCLED AND USED AGAIN” HELEN SLATTERY, CEO SLATTERY CONTRACTING Continues on next page