Their products are absolutely everywhere around New Zealand, but have you ever spared a thought for how those Marley rainwater and plumbing products are produced and maintained? A group of enthusiastic engineers were on hand to find out exactly how when MESNZ held its June Kaeser Compressors network Evening at Marley Products in Manurewa.
Marley is part of the Aliaxis group of privately owned business based in Belgium and active around the world. They employ 15,000 staff across 40 countries and is made up of 100 companies worldwide. Marley has grown to become one of NZ’s largest manufactures in the plastic industry. Involved with the extruded and injection moulded products covering rainwater, plumbing and civil supplies, drainage grates, rural and conduiting.
The 30+ Engineering and MESNZ members enjoyed the Hospitality of Bruce Gee and his team who provided an excellent insight into the operation and methods of their production. Each of the six groups were given an in-depth tour of the plant and maintenance workshop facilities during which they were able to witness the production of spouting systems, cable ducting, plumbing and water supply products.
Marley are very strong in recycled products and ensure very little goes to waste. They are also great supporters of the community through their efforts towards Schools, plumbing apprentices within Polytechs, the James Cook HS University Scholarship and the Blind Foundation for Guide dogs.
The Maintenance Engineering Society is active across New Zealand, providing opportunities for maintenance engineers and manufacturing operations to network and share innovations and experiences; both at a national level at their annual conference or at these regional events. Network Evenings are planned for Auckland, Waikato, New Plymouth, Christchurch Timaru and Dunedin.
Details can be found on the MESNZ website at www.mesnz.org.nz/activities/network-evenings/