Knauf Plasterboard to Lift Competition in NZ Construction
25 October 2013
Knauf Plasterboard to Lift Competition in New Zealand Construction Industry
Knauf Plasterboard has opened its doors for business to New Zealand’s lightweight construction industry with the official opening at its distribution centre in Christchurch today, by Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister, Gerry Brownlee.
“The entry of Knauf Plasterboard validates the New Zealand government’s support of a healthy, competitive market for construction materials which ensures that consumers have a sustainable choice,” Mr Brownlee said.
“As part of the Knauf Group, one of the world’s largest global manufacturers of plasterboard, wall and ceiling products and systems, Knauf Plasterboard is a competitive supplier to be reckoned with having significant scale and resource to enter a dominated market,” said Mark Norris, Managing Director, Knauf Plasterboard, Australia & New Zealand.
“An impressive worldwide operation, with two manufacturing facilities on Australia’s eastern seaboard and superior technical expertise puts Knauf Plasterboard in a strong position to service the growing needs of New Zealand’s housing and commercial market,” said Norris.
The distribution centres in Christchurch and Auckland consist of a 5000m2 warehouse, showroom and offices and will supply a high quality range of innovative products and systems designed to provide solutions for fire, water, impact, acoustic and decorative applications for all construction projects – commercial and residential.
While Knauf is excited by the opportunities to supply New Zealand through established building merchant channels, Mark Norris revealed the company’s expansive rollout plans will include a network of independently owned PlastaLink Trade Centres retailing Knauf products across New Zealand.
Knauf Plasterboard is a major supplier of plasterboard and associated products to the light weight construction industry in Australia. The company was successful in tendering to the New Zealand government in the rebuild of Christchurch. Recently, tier one building business Hawkins, entered into a preferred supplier arrangement with Knauf Plasterboard to provide a range of world class products and systems.
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