At around 7.30 pm on Friday 10th January 2020, a fire occurred at McKechnie Aluminium Solutions Ltd, Paraite Road, Bell Block, New Plymouth.
The fire occurred in the customer service office area and has had limited impact upon the adjacent production areas.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand did an excellent job containing the fire to a very small part of the overall manufacturing complex and we would like to thank them for their efforts. The fire crews and insurance officials are assessing damage and the cause of the fire.
It is pleasing to report that major pieces of the manufacturing equipment appear to be unaffected by the fire. There were no personnel on-site at the time the fire occurred.
Our recovery plan is in effect to ensure our business becomes fully operational as soon as possible.
McKechnie Aluminium is conscious of the importance to update our staff, customers and our New Plymouth community further in the next few days.
Scott Fuller - McKechnie Chief Operating Officer
Pioneering Aluminium Extruder invests to extend its market leadership
As pioneers in the development of aluminium extrusions in NZ, Mckechnie Aluminium Solutions has signed a multi-million deal to bring the very latest in extrusion technology to its New Plymouth manufacturing base. Managing Director and CEO Pramod Khatri says that this is the largest and most significant investment in the company’s 60 year history and demonstrates the shareholders commitment to the business, the Taranaki region, it’s 300 strong staff and its New Zealand and Australian customers.
“McKechnie Aluminium, as the oldest and one of the largest aluminium extruders, has built an unmatched reputation over the last 60 years for consistently delivering quality products and high levels of service to its customers. It has only been able to do this because of the depth of knowledge and the technical capability of its people.” said Mr Khatri. “We are now going to take that capability and add the very latest European technology in order to significantly extend our leadership in the market for the benefit of customers.”
While not willing to say exactly how much the investment in a new press and extrusion line is, it is understood to be in excess of $10m.
The new extrusion press will be the only one of its kind in New Zealand and will allow McKechnie Aluminium Solutions to better meet the needs of its diverse customer base that operates across many market sectors.
Jeff Van Winkel, Group Manufacturing Director and one of McKechnie’s shareholders, is heading the project and says the project is well advanced with a lot of ground having already being covered.
“What we have designed is a fully integrated aluminium extrusion line, centred on a new press and geared to future demand patterns and work flow. This will give us more capacity but with greater efficiency and flexibility should we need it.” Says Mr Van Winkel.
Customers can expect further improvements in overall service levels and an increased product range including larger and heavier sections that are not currently manufactured in New Zealand. McKechnie are the only extruder in Australasia to operate with a remelt facility which means that their products have high recycling content with a low carbon footprint.
For further information call Pramod Khatri on 021-814325
CHRISTMAS CLOSE 2016 AND NEW YEAR OPENING 2017
Dear Customer, as another very busy year heads towards its close, here are the confirmed dates for our Christmas Close December 2016 and our January 2017 opening.
Below are the final dates for you to place orders for delivery before Christmas 2016.
Please note these dates vary by type of product and surface finish so please check the ones most relevant to you.
Christmas Close 2016
Last Date for Placing Orders for pre-Christmas Delivery
|Surface Finish||Ex- Stock||Mill||Fabrication|
|Mill||21st Dec 16||18th Nov 16||18th Nov 16|
|Power Coat & Anodising||16th Dec 16||11th Nov 16||11th Nov 16|
New Year Opening 2017
As in previous years, we will have a skeleton crew in Customer Services and Despatch for Ex-stock product only early in January with Mill and Fabrication opening the following week.
Please note these dates:
If anything changes to affect the deadline for order placement for pre-Christmas despatch, we will update you immediately.
If you need any further clarification about our Christmas close then talk to your Key Account Manager or call Customer Services – Mill 0800 625 000 or Ex-stock 0800 625 111.
NZ Market Manager
McKechnie Aluminium offer a range of systems that are made from our aluminium extrusions, along with componentry and hardware. Click link below to download our Systems Book. Please contact us if you wish to receive a hard copy.
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McKechnie offer an extensive range of extrusions New Zealand wide. From angles to channels and in a variety of sizes and finishes including anodised and powder coated.
Click link below to download our updated Ex-Stock Catalogue. Please contact us if you wish to receive a hard copy.
McKechnie Aluminium are proud to be the first workplace to sign up to a new quit smoking group programme run through tuiora.
We are committed to be helping our employees quit smoking and 14 staff members have taken up the opportunity for to attend the first course. It is important that the staff are committed to attending and they are being supported by their managers and colleagues.
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