Skellerup has announced it will build a new $30 million world-class dairy rubberware development and manufacturing facility at the Wigram Business Park developed by Ngāi Tahu Property Limited.
Construction of the 18,900m² facility is scheduled to be completed by December 2015. The approximately 200 staff now employed at the earthquake-damaged Woolston facility are expected to begin the staged transition to Wigram immediately upon completion.
Skellerup CEO David Mair says the integrated layout of the new facility offers considerable efficiencies over the multi-building complex at Woolston.
“This is another significant step for our dairy business and great news for Christchurch. In addition to providing improved working conditions for staff, the new facility will capture process, flow and efficiency gains, further strengthening the operations of our dairy rubberware manufacturing business.”
The facility will be located on a 3.4 hectare site acquired by Skellerup in May 2013 from Wigram Business Park developers, Ngāi Tahu Property. The site provides easy access to both Christchurch Airport and the Port of Lyttelton.