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Christchurch to remain Skellerup’s base

Woolston site in Christchurch to remain Skellerup’s base

CHRISTCHURCH – Skellerup Industries Ltd has committed to remaining at its Woolston site in Christchurch and to developing the facilities as a centre of excellence, the company announced today.

“Skellerup has committed itself to the Woolston site for the next several years,” Chief Financial Officer Guy Keogh says. “This decision follows a detailed and complex analysis of our customers’ and the company’s needs along with extensive stakeholder consultation.”

Skellerup has renegotiated its lease over the Woolston land and buildings which house its mixing plant, dairy liner and tubing manufacturing, various storage facilities, and offices.

This site has been the home of Skellerup Industries Ltd for the last 70 years, and as the company celebrates its centenary in 2010, it is investing in its future. Skellerup employs over 200 people in Christchurch.

“During that time we have grown to become the second-largest manufacturer of dairy rubberware in the world. This lease extension allows us to future-proof our premises and provides the opportunity to align the site with the needs of the business,” Keogh says.

“The decision to develop Woolston as a centre of excellence within Skellerup is great news for the long-term growth of the company as a value-added manufacturer and as an employer of choice within the Canterbury area.

“Over the last few years we have restructured the business to focus on our 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,” says Keogh.

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,” Keogh says.

A number of buildings will be refurbished progressively over the next year as part of the commitment to the Woolston site.

In conjunction with the evaluation of the company’s needs, some of the land and buildings adjoining the manufacturing and office facilities which Skellerup currently owns have been put up for sale.


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