An industrial aerial robotics company that has shifted from Hamilton to Timaru intends to start manufacturing farm drones in 2022.

“The plan is we will grow, developing a few projects to big volumes linked to agriculture and pest control,” Aeronavics operations manager Colin Roycroft said.

The company has shifted into premises at Washdyke alongside biotech company South Pacific Sera (SPS) in recent weeks, the connection being Aeronavics chairman and shareholder, John Rolleston, operated SPS with his brother William Rolleston.

“Initially we’ll target farmers,” Roycroft said.

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