About us

Invert Robotics provides remote robotic inspection services with unprecedented levels of safety, accuracy and speed. Our main focus is in the Food Production, Chemicals, Aviation and Energy industries. This is not an everyday job, but a job where safety and accuracy are paramount. Besides this, Invert Robotics comes together with an agile and inventive work environment.

Invert Robotics started as a spin-off from the University of Canterbury’s School of Engineering in Christchurch, New Zealand. Here we developed the world’s first climbing robot which was capable of climbing on stainless steel. We achieved early success within the New Zealand dairy tank inspection market, and investment and recognition were quick to follow.

Strengthened by strong customer feedback and venture capital backing, Invert Robotics took its services to the world. We provide inspections for 7 of the top 10 global dairy companies and work for major consumer and industry brands worldwide. We are now providing inspection services to 100+ industrial sites and fulfilling 2000+ tanks inspections, controlled from 6 offices in The Netherlands, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

  • 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

    Opened first location in the Netherlands

  • 2018

    Expansion into Australia and Germany

  • 2018

    Invert Robotics named a winner at AkzoNobel Imagine Chemistry Competition

  • 2019

    Expansion into France and USA

  • 2020

    Record breaking financial results

Mission statement

Robotic inspection

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.

Our values

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 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 in the moment.

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.

Joop Janssen

Chief Revenue Officer

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.

James Robertson

Head of Product development

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, along with other members of the team, 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. 

Guillaume Riggi

Operations Manager

For more than 10 years, Guillaume has worked internationally manging the growth and operations of worldwide leading companies in the aviation industry. Guillaume is engaged in driving Invert Robotics operations through stable, safe and sustainable processes. Guillaume holds a technical degree in electrical and industrial IT engineering, a master’s degree in MScEng and executives’ diploma and certificate from UCD Smurfit Business School and HEC Paris.