EPI Group specialises in collaborating with designers, manufacturers, testers, and distributors globally to introduce innovative and high-performing products to New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. With more than three decades of experience, an uncanny eye for innovation and well-established partnerships in China and the rest of the world, EPI Group is one of New Zealand’s leading product servicing partner for companies in the electrical and rubber technology sectors.
Mark Eagger and Andrew Neal are the founders and joint managing directors at EPI Group – two Kiwis with the passion, vision, knowledge, and expertise in the product servicing industry to get products noticed in Australasian markets. Based in beautiful Cambridge in New Zealand’ North Island, the duo has vast experience in a diverse range of sectors including electrics, science and technology and finance.
Harness Racing is a worldwide sport enjoyed in more than 15 countries by millions of fans who spend more than NZ$3bn annually. EPI Group distributes 80cm-tall pylons to harness horseracing tracks; having pylons with good flexibility and rebound resilience is an accident prevention and safety requirement for the popular sport.
PVC pylons tend to fail less than six months in service. The NZ Product Accelerator polymer expertise identified the issues as the Low Molecular Weight Plasticizer (LMWP) used to ‘flexibilise’ rigid PVC leaching out of the pylons making them brittle in service. These LMWP are banned in many countries due to health and environmental risks associated with toxic dioxin emissions in hot temperatures.