Milton Steel Factory

Posted 21 Mar 2015

A Company Milestone on the Home Front

Milton - Calder Stewart’s new steel fabrication factory in Milton will initially double the Steel Division’s output once fully operational. For the company, this new factory represents a milestone in its history and stands as yet another example of its investing in key capital and equipment to extend its capabilities as a builder within the New Zealand construction industry.

At the heart of this new 10,500m2 Design & Build project, coordinated out of Calder Stewart’s Milton office, is a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) suite of fabrication technologies, which are now being installed. As Steel Manager SEAN LLOYD says, “The new equipment will allow for greatly enhanced accuracy and throughput on our steel orders. And since it will work seamlessly with our existing steel detailing software - completing the circuit from initial design drawings to finished product will be greatly streamlined. For myself and all our design and production team, this project is something really exciting to be involved in”.

As Joint Managing Director PETER STEWART puts it, “Our choice of equipment was based on pragmatics. We relied on our own experience and knowledge as a builder to narrow down our choices to what best suited our needs. After a lot of research, we met with equipment manufacturer Peddinghaus in the USA. Our visit allowed us to see firsthand how their solution would allow us to integrate our steel fabrication operations into one overall framework. Although this is a big upgrade for us, we’re proud to mention that all our existing steel division staff will be part of this new high-productivity, lean-manufacturing operation”.

The building itself, measuring an impressive 207 metres in length, is now being outfitted with five Demag gantry cranes and three jib cranes from Abus. The timing of bringing our new steel factory on-line could not be more perfect. Already there is growing demand for structural steel, particularly in light of the fact that new construction and engineering guidelines following the Christchurch earthquakes calls for more of its use in a wide range of projects.