The benefit of hindsight cannot be underestimated during times of adversity.
In our rich 65-year history, we started in the maritime industry where we could be in the ships engine room, replacing a deck plate, to structural weld repairs on ships cranes. The shipping industry changed, the ships were in one tide and out the next.
We adapted, we serviced, we designed, we improved, and we fabricated the equipment to unload and load the ships. This has led to our materials handling product solutions performing and being the preferred option, residing in many ports around the world.
Fuel, oil, chemical and product storage all boomed, and the demand soared. We not only learnt how to build and repair API and Dairy industry tanks, but we also developed a bespoke tank jacking system that still leads the industry today.
In Power Generation, from hydroelectric to the rise in geothermal, the demand increased for project and industry capability. To cope with the rigours of geothermal steam elements, we used our expertise in coded pipe welding and exotic materials, ASME pressure vessel fabrication and welding and project management to provide what the industry needed.
We developed new skills in turbine installation. As a leading engineering entity through many of the geothermal builds, we constantly seek better ways to deliver to our clients. For the next growth period of renewable energy works, that experience now makes us a partner of choice.
In the Pulp and Paper Industry, we used all these skills to support our client in a wide range of infrastructure projects. An example of this, our client could not take a major process tank out of service for it to be replaced as it was in constant use. We built the new one alongside the existing tank, and during a 2-week maintenance shutdown, demolished the existing tank, lifted a new 100T duplex stainless steel tank into place and connected all the services.
We listen to our clients
The list goes on, but the theme is that we listen to our clients, what is happening in their industry and what challenges they will face. It’s still business, and for us, the payoff is that we solve the issues for our clients and then market the solutions. To quote a time-worn cliché, it is a win/win.
Today, we are one of Australasia’s largest privately-owned engineering businesses, we proudly have a staff level that hovers around the 200 mark. Our apprentices number in the 20s at any one time. These engineers of tomorrow are from diverse backgrounds; male, female, Maori, European and are in a varied age range.
We took our apprentice scheme to another level as we identified the need for quality engineers for the future. Today, our training programme is held in wide regard across the country and overseas, where many have attained key roles in their chosen field.
Engineers live for the challenge
Engineers live for the challenge – whether it is a better way to build something or to adapt to a client’s specific challenges and site. We are problem solvers.
The world has changed again, and we will be agile enough to change with it, then improve the changes.
The world will want things faster and their commercial models may have to change, but out of that will come opportunity. Whether it’s capturing data through IoT devices on our equipment or new ways to fabricate and ship components around the world, we will listen to our clients and support them.
Do you have new challenges? Do your projects or business model need to change?
Talk to us – We’ve been backing winners for over 65 years.