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Tank manufacturer continues to operate after three earthquakes

Despite suffering at the hands of three earthquakes, Australian manufacturer Tasman Tank Co has shown its resilience by continuing operation at its New Zealand site.

Three earthquakes during a year had major impacts on the storage tank manufacturer in Christchurch – including one in February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude shake that caused widespread damage across the whole Christchurch region.

The company was forced out of its premises but quickly moved outside the red zone and continued to operate. 

According to Tasman Tanks general manager, Jason McLauchlan, customers in the region actually required much more support after the earthquakes, and the company has been able to increase staff numbers.

“We have more than doubled our numbers in our Christchurch office, including additional draftspeople and sales people,” he said.

“While our factory and offices have been declared uninhabitable, and looks like they will have to be demolished, we have rented other premises and it’s business as usual for us.” 

Tasman Tanks makes over 200 large industrial and municipal tanks a year. The tanks are bolted, and can be made quickly.


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