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Pacific Aerospace Corporation : Looking back to look forward


Richard William Pearse was a farmer’s son living in the back blocks of Waitohi, in the South Island of New Zealand. Described as a shy man, a recluse who played the cello in his spare time, he was known for being an aloof inventor who tinkered in his shed. Even though he had no technical training, he toiled away in his secluded workshop on engines and mechanical inventions. The motorcar did not appear in the locality until some years after Pearse had built and run his first petrol engine. His design was based on the steam engine and early oil engines in use in the district, supplemented by information gathered from engineering textbooks. He is reputed to have invented the spark plug before Bosch in Germany. Relying on practical ingenuity and trial-and-error methods to design, he worked alone and financed and built everything himself.

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Case Description
Business Case Study NoUA-2005-022
Number of Pages10
CategoryHistorical narrative; Teaching case
CompanyPacific Aerospace Corporation Limited
Setting - CountryNew Zealand
Setting - CityWaitohi

SourceAuckland, NZ. Publisher: University of Auckland Business Case Centre. Pages: 1 - 11