Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

$15 million upgrade for Fonterra Maungaturoto

Media Release
18 November 2005


$15 million upgrade for Fonterra Maungaturoto

The winter months of June and July, traditionally the off-season for the dairy industry, will be a busy time for Fonterra Maungaturoto next year, following the company’s announcement it is to spend about $15 million upgrading the Northland site.

The work will centre around a major refurbishment of the site’s two wholemilk powder driers, and is scheduled to be completed by August of next year.

Fonterra board member and Ruawai farmer Greg Gent said the site was an important part of the company’s manufacturing operations. The planned work would ensure Northland milk was processed in Northland, and demonstrated Fonterra’s continuing commitment to the region.

“Maungaturoto plays a key part in our overall processing strategy, and will continue to do so,” said Mr Gent.

Fonterra General Manager New Zealand Manufacturing Brent Taylor said the existing equipment was nearing the end of its useful working life. The upgrade would allow the introduction of more modern manufacturing techniques, which would reduce the potential for staff and product safety problems.

The upgrade also met the goals of Fonterra’s energy efficiency project, which aimed at cutting the company’s energy consumption by 10 percent through a combination of investing in new, energy-saving equipment and identifying more efficient ways of working.

Site manager Paul Henare said the powder plant would close in April next year, a few weeks earlier than normal, so that work would be completed in time for the start of the 2006/2007 processing season.

Kaipara Development Agency Chairman Marshall Taylor said Fonterra’s plans were an endorsement of the long-standing good relationship between the company and the district.

“We are proud to have Fonterra as part of the Maungaturoto community, and pleased they are investing further in the region,” he said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 



Climate Leaders Coalition: Launches New Statement Of Ambition, Appoints New CEO Convenor

The Climate Leaders Coalition is tonight officially launching a new Statement of Ambition to accelerate business action on climate change... More>>


Retail: New Law Paves Way For Greater Supermarket Competition

Legislation that bans major supermarkets from blocking their competitors’ access to land to set up new stores paves the way for greater competition in the sector, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>



International Business Forum: NZ EU FTA Coming Down To The Wire – Hold The Line

As negotiations accelerate to conclude an ambitious free trade agreement between New Zealand and the European Union, the NZ International Business Forum (NZIBF), representing a cross section of major exporters... More>>


MYOB: New Data Shows Increase In SMEs Experiencing Stress And Anxiety

The lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a surge in the number of local SME owners and operators experiencing stress and anxiety, according to new research from business management platform, MYOB... More>>



Carbonz: Cashing In On Carbon: The New Marketplace Helping Native Forest To Thrive

The country’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz, is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest... More>>
Entrust District: Dividend Will Be Welcomed After Another Tough Year
We’ve all heard of the saying; “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” but for Aucklanders within the Entrust District, getting their share of Entrust’s 2022 annual dividend payment really is as good as it sounds... More>>