“The hand was designed to be functional, as opposed to largely cosmetic, and to stand up to the rigours of everyday life. It has received huge interest because it has delivered on that front,” says chief executive Jamie Cairns. The two-year-old company – which has gone from shipping a few hands at the tail end of 2017 to more than three hundred – exports to Australia and the United States. Europe’s the next big market within reach, with agreements inked to supply Germany and France.
With business booming, maintaining product quality has been paramount for the company, which brought assembly in-house last year. “That really paid dividends for us, and we’re now at the point where we are confident our supply capability will scale with demand,” says Jamie. “Although many will say that having too much demand is a good problem to have, the reality is if you don’t fix that relatively quickly, you’ll have much greater long-term issues to deal with.” Taska, which took home three awards at the 2019 Westpac Champion Business Awards, is heavily engaged in new research and development and intends to establish an overseas office close to its major markets. “We are still a relatively new company and need to retain an opportunistic approach to a rapidly shifting industry.”