About Us

Invert Robotics designs and manufactures state-of-the-art NDT robotic inspection crawler platforms. Our robots are used by OEMS and production and inspection companies in the food production, chemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace and energy industries worldwide. Leveraging our patented technology, we also deliver remote robotic inspection services.

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 now provide our robotic technology for safe inspection services to hundreds of industrial sites, fulfilling thousands of tank inspections, from our offices in Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

  • 2021

  • 2020

    Expansion into Ireland. Invert Robotics' headquarters is now based in Dublin.

  • 2020

    Record breaking financial results

  • 2019

    Expansion into France and USA

  • 2018

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

    Expansion into Australia and Germany
  • 2016

    Opened first location in the Netherlands
  • 2016

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

  • 2016

    Invert named Champion Small Manufacturer at Canterbury Champion Awards
  • 2012

    Invert wins ANZ Flying Start Supreme Award

  • 2012

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

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


We focus on providing state-of-the-art solutions for safer, better and faster asset inspection.


We work in close collaboration with our clients to achieve better outcomes and to provide you with customized NDT solutions that help maximize asset integrity.


Each and every day, we strive to make great robotic technologies even better.

Management Team

Neil Fletcher


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

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

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.

Timothy Black

Chief Technology &
Information Officer

Tim is passionate about robotics and their application in the inspection and maintenance domain. For the past 18 years he has been working, managing, and coordinating multidisciplinary, multi-group research and industry projects across different sectors including aerospace, defence, manufacturing, and biotechnology. For the past 7 years he been developing cutting edge innovations for industry, EU projects, and managing solutions for inspection and maintenance, NDT, and Oil and Gas robotics. Tim will lead the development and execution of the companywide technology and innovation strategy, drive innovation and new product and technology enabled service concepts, to meet the future demands and desires of existing and potential clients and markets. Tim holds a holds a PhD in Robotics, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering (Hons) also in Robotics.

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


For more than 10 years, Guillaume has worked internationally managing 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.

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the H2200
Product sheet

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Download the Invert Robotics Chemicals brochure

Download the Invert Robotics Food Production brochure