About Us

Invert Robotics' provides remote robotic inspection services with unprecedented levels of safety, accuracy and speed in the food and beverage industry.
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Our story so far

Invert Robotics began as a spin-out from the University of Canterbury's School of Engineering in New Zealand. 

Having developed the world's first climbing robot capable of climbing on stainless steel, Invert gained early success within the New Zealand dairy tank inspection market and investment and recognition were quick to follow.

2012 - Invert Robotics named Start-Up of the Year at New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards

2012 - Invert wins ANZ Flying Start Supreme Award 

2016 - Invert named Champion Small Manufacturer at Canterbury Champion Awards

2016 - Invert named one of the  Ten Most Promising Early Stage Companies at the New Zealand TIN100 Awards.

2018 - Invert Robotics named a winner at AkzoNobel Imagine Chemistry Competition

With strong customer feedback and venture capital backing, Invert Robotics took its services to the world. Opening offices in Australia, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Invert now provides inspections services for 7 of the top 10 global dairy companies and is sought out by major consumer and industry brands worldwide.

Invert Robotics continues to grow its service offering and is also adapting its unique technology for application in new industries including chemicals, aviation, pharmaceutical, and power generation.

Mission statement

Mission statement

Vision & Mission

At Invert Robotics, we believe that it is a basic human right to work in a safe and sustainable environment where our health and safety is taken seriously by employers.

Working in confined and hazardous spaces continues to cause serious injuries and fatalities worldwide. Our team at Invert Robotics is dedicated to developing technology that will change the future of industrial inspections in these environments.

By using technology, we can perform tasks remotely and eliminate the risks involved in working in confined and hazardous spaces. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for people to enter any confined and hazardous environments providing our children with a future which is safer, more colourful and sustainable.

The founding values Invert Robotics is built on

Customer driven

From technology development to service delivery, we are focused on your needs. We enjoy learning about your business and listening to your needs and we will work alongside you to find the the best solution.


We react quickly and positively. We understand that our customers and colleagues need us to be approachable and available at short notice when the need arises.

Curious & pioneering

We’re always looking ahead of the curve. We do this by seeing the bigger picture and making the tools we need right now. 

  • 5

    Offices (New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, Germany and France)

  • 100+

    Industrial sites use the service of Invert Robotics

  • 2000+

    Tanks inspections worldwide


Our culture

Our success is thanks to our people. Together we have not only built world class technology, but we have built an agile, inventive and fun work environment.

It is a priority to have a  safe, productive and happy team and we encourage collaboration and mutual respect across roles, offices and countries.


Management team


Neil Fletcher

Managing Director

For more than 25 years Neil has worked across the globe and is highly experienced in commercialising technology, the last 12 years spent growing technology companies and delivering shareholder value. Neil has overseen the growth and sale of his previous two companies.

Neil has been with Invert Robotics since 2016 and has driven the company to develop and grow its market position, expanding the business on a global scale and raised significant investment capital. Neil is responsible for delivering the company's strategic vision and goals.

Neil has worked in international technology companies Motorola, AlcatelLucent and has a B.Sc. (Hons) and MBA (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) from Imperial College, London.


Frans van der Velden

Chief Financial Officer

For more than 20 years Frans has developed his financial experience in international engineering and manufacturing environments, after starting his career at one of the big audit firms. Building up financial teams, setting up and improving financial and business processes and tax planning across the globe.


James Robertson

Director, Technology

James has been with Invert Robotics since its inception, being the original developer of our core technology. After graduating as a mechatronics engineer, James  identified the opportunity to disrupt industrial inspection markets using climbing robot technology.  James created the first of our unique robots and pioneered the development and use of our technology into the inspection markets.  James’s role now is to identify new opportunities to use and adapt our unique climbing technology, using his unique knowledge and skills to identify solutions for our customers. 

Robert Mandjes

Chief Operations Officer

For more than 20 years Robert has built a global experience level in commercial and operational roles. He has worked in a high pace and technology driven service business from local to global level. Robert will bring the needed experience and seniority to form a solid foundation to enable Invert to grow to the next level.


Joop Janssen

President, Global Food & Beverage

For more than 20 years, Joop has focused on building new technology services businesses and revenue streams, translating cutting edge new technology into business benefits for customers and shareholders across the globe. Joop will leverage his leadership skills and commercial expertise in leading Invert Robotics’ business in Europe.