NZ drone makers finding niche markets as industry soars

New Zealand’s commercial drone manufacturers are successfully finding niche markets as the potential for the unmanned flying machines takes off.

Currently, 70 per cent of commercial drones are used for aerial photography, 8 per cent for power line inspection and 2 per cent for agricultural work, according to information provided by UAVNZ.

The industry body’s chairman, Andy Grant, said there was “huge” potential for drone use in core New Zealand industries like agriculture, construction and forestry.

One of two major drone manufacturers in NZ, Raglan company Aeronavics, has been successfully creating drones that perform specialist tasks, Grant said.


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