NZ plastics manufacturer Sistema invests in new machinery

New Zealand plastics manufacturer Sistema has invested NZ$6M ($5.4M) in new injection moulding machinery to use in its NZ operations.

Specifically, the company has imported 1,300 tonne and a 650 tonne injection moulding machines which it will use to produce a new range of plastic home and office storage products. The products will be exclusively available from NZ retailer, The Warehouse.

According to Sistema’s managing director Brendan Lindsay, the 1,300 tonne machine is one of the biggest of its type brought into New Zealand during the last 20 years.

“This equipment is a one-of-a-kind industrial machine. I have not heard of any other company bringing in a similar machine to manufacture products like this in New Zealand,” he said.

“This investment has allowed us to diversify our product offering and produce heavy duty storage containers ranging in capacity from 14 to 90 litres. The range will include utility trays and organiser tubs, filing clips and removable wheels, making them the most sophisticated plastic box storage system on the market.” 

As reports, Lindsay also said that Sistema is negotiating export deals with Woolworths and Coles supermarkets in Australia, and Carrefour supermarkets in France. These agreements would be expected to bring in $50m during the next three years.

In March 2012, Prime Minister John Key opened Sistema’s new $7.5 million purpose-built production factory, allowing the company to establish an additional 50 jobs. The company currently employs more than 540 staff.