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Skellerup commits to staying in Christchurch

Skellerup Industries says it has committed to remaining at its Woolston site in Christchurch and to developing its facilities as a centre of excellence.But following an evaluation of its needs, some land and buildings adjoining the manufacturing and offic

NZPA
Fri, 25 Jun 2010

Skellerup Industries says it has committed to remaining at its Woolston site in Christchurch and to developing its facilities as a centre of excellence.

But following an evaluation of its needs, some land and buildings adjoining the manufacturing and office facilities Skellerup owned had been put up for sale, Skellerup said today.

Chief financial officer Guy Keogh said the decision to commit to the Woolston site for the "next several years" followed a detailed and complex analysis of the needs of customers and the company.

Skellerup had renegotiated its lease for land and buildings at Woolston which housed the company's mixing plant, dairy liner and tubing manufacturing, various storage facilities, and offices.

This site had been the home of Skellerup Industries, which employed more than 200 people in Christchurch, for the past 70 years.

The company had grown to become the second-largest manufacturer of dairy rubberware in the world, Mr Keogh said.

"This lease extension allows us to future-proof our premises and provides the opportunity to align the site with the needs of the business."

In the past few years the company had been restructured to focus on its core strengths.

"Securing the Woolston site ensures we now have a stable infrastructure to achieve the future global growth of the dairy rubberware, gumboots and other technical polymer products manufactured and distributed for New Zealand and international markets."

The advantages of consolidating the Skellerup business on the current site outweighed those of relocating.

"Being based in Woolston at the Christchurch site allows us to offer security of supply and ensure product quality. Not having to move also ensures there will be no interruption of our service to customers," Mr Keogh said.

NZPA
Fri, 25 Jun 2010
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